Daddy is obsessed with his Chevy Malibu… I think he thinks its an actual; member of the family. From his weekly email:
My car is a delight to me. It’s a 2004 Malibu, and it’s in perfect condition –for the most part. It has all the bells and whistles on a car that I’ve ever wanted. I’ve fought off the temptation for the past two years not to trade it in on a new Malibu. Twice a year, GM sends me a coupon ($2,000) to apply to the purchase of a new car. Coupons are my downfall. However, with exceptional grace from God, I’ve overcome the temptation (so fare). It’s still a very clean car with great gas mileage (25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the road).
Two weeks ago, I heard something like marbles rattling around in the engine area. Il tremio! I immediately took my little treasure to McClusky Chev , where I always take the car. Bad move. There I was –sitting in the waiting room, and the woman from the service desk informed me that the front part of the catalytic converter was bad. Cost? $1,031. I went into cardiac arrest. I just sat there, staring at the floor. She asked me what I wanted to do, and I didn’t reply. I was too busy staring at the floor. (Sometimes, floors have to be analyzed closely, or they can sneak up on a guy get the better of him. Floors can be spooky.)
Finally, she went away. I moseyed over to the phone book and contacted Smiths Auto Muffler (5th + Madison, Covington, KY). I told the fellow my problem. When he told me that the shop would do the job for $430, I was over there in no time flat. In addition to that, the “receiver” and exhaust pipes had to be replaced. The total job came to $575. I never parted with my money so happily as that day. No more McClusky Chev repair shop for me. After eight years, we’ve parted company. I plan to drive my little limo to MSP on June 28 for the wedding of Bob Sander’s daughter, Erin. (I hate long –distance driving.)