I am convinced that most people would not believe all of the things that happen in my life....
When I got the mail yesterday, there was a letter from the IRS. This is not who you ever want to get a letter from. Apparently there was some kind of mistake on our 2006 taxes having to do with our FSA account and daycare and we owe then $1100. YIKES! So, I called the accountant told him about the letter, blah, blah, blah and we do actually owe the money. Then, to make matters worse, we also owe another $620 dollars because the same mistake was made on our 2007 taxes. Seriously? Seriously.
Back to the car situation...We had a friend of ours take a look at it to give us some kind of idea of what the problem was and how much it would take to fix it. Well...the belt was missing (meaning that the bang, smell and smoke was the belt burning up). But, he thought that we would have enough of a charge left in the battery to make it to the dealership. So, we had Drew and Christy Beth (wonderful friends of ours) come down to watch the girls and I was going to follow Chris to drive it up to the dealership to do the night drop for our 9am service appointment. Well, we made it to the intersection of Hwy 53 and I-85 when the battery died. Because we live in small town, USA, we had 3 police officers come to help us. It was a blue light special. We stood out in the road for almost an hour waiting for the wrecker to get there. About 30 former students drove by during that time, rolling down the windows, waving and hollering hello to us. It was a very humbling experience. We finally got it towed to the dealership in Gwinnett. We now know that the gas crisis is very real there. The lines into the few stations that had gas were hours long.
This morning Saturn called to tell us that in addition to the belt, the air conditioning compressor was locked up and the battery would need to be replaced. Big sigh. So, we went to the Honda dealership, talked them into having my car towed to them, giving us a small amount for a trade in, and then lowering the price on a used Accord that we liked there. All in all, I am very pleased with the 2007 Accord EX that I bought with 15K miles on it and 34 MPG rating.
And there you have it. Maybe the weekend won't be that bad after all.