Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bad News 2 days in a row.

On Tuesday we brought the minivan into the dealership for what seemed to be the 50th time for them to find an elusive problem with the transmission. It was the second time in a week that we brought it in. My front floor area is filling with those paper floormats the dealership leaves behind that say things "We value our customers" with a giant pair of shoes.

We have done this numerous times over the past 2 years or so. The transmission would act up on us, only to be well behaved at the dealership.

Once, on the way to Boy Scout Summer camp, I thought we had it nailed. The transmission really acted up and the "D" indicator went crazy and started blinking and the "Check Engine" light came on. I knew the computer on board "recorded a code". The only trouble was that one of the boys left the interior light on and the battery died taking my precious code with it.

This time the dealership found it.

1st Bad News: We need a new transmission at 60k miles and the warranty is long past. The good news is that Mrs F is good at maintaining the car and she did everything the manufacturer recommended at every 15,30,45,60 whatever mileage they wanted.

Honda is replacing the transmission if we pay labor. I'd sure rather have a transmission that lasted 200k miles but that is better than we pay for the whole enchilada.

On Wednesday I call about the permit for the new shed.

2nd bad news - no permit. The shed thing is now beyond ridiculous. Apparently if a shed is greater than 10' high or greater than 200 square feet, the shed must be on a foundation with pilings that are below the frost line.

No, it doesn't matter that we have a 196 square foot 11 foot high shed on a concrete slab already, we need pilings.

Nuts.

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