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Last week: $500 on brakes and oil change for van.
Yesterday morning: $400 on emissions work for the Escort.
Yesterday afternoon: leave the office to find a flat tire on my van.

grrr

On the bright side - I enjoyed the beautiful weather while waiting for the tire-change guy. The tire-change guy was very friendly. The spare had just enough air to get me to the nearest gas station, and the nearest gas station had free air. I was able to get from there to the shop to pick up the Escort 15 minutes before the shop closed. While paying for the emissions work I asked if I could leave the van for tire work the next day; they said instead they would look at it right then. They replaced the valve stem, put the tire and spare back on their rightful spots . . . and waved me off when I went in to pay, saying I'd paid enough already in the past week :)

I hope that's all the car trouble for a while; Peter and I take off on Sunday for a week of college shopping, probably about 1500 miles-worth.

Date: 2009-04-18 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] principaltogar.livejournal.com
It's nice to have those pluses to offset the minuses!

Have fun with the college shopping. A friend was in town last week with her daughter doing just that and I was surprised at what a big deal it's become. (It certainly wasn't way back in the 80's when I sent off my one application with no visit...) She said that with some schools, the visit is almost a requirement for application.

Is Peter getting a lot of pressure to make visits? I wonder if this part of the selection process is even optional any more.

Date: 2009-04-19 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naiad.livejournal.com
I don't think he's getting any particular pressure to visit, but he really wants to. And the visits definitely count toward admission, all other things being equal.

The competition is *much* more intense than it was in my day. We personally know and keep hearing stories about kids who were in the top 10 (not 10 percent, the absolute top 10) in their class, straight A's, double-accelerated math, captain of their sports team . . . and still didn't get in to their first choices.

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