Friday, May 27th, 2011

A couple days ago Xy reported she had trouble with the car starting, and sure enough the next morning it was dead. We packed Xy off in a cab. (When she got to her school on the West Bank, she discovered the cab wasn’t equipped to take credit cards (although the dispatcher had assured me […]

Better Safe

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I woke around dawn to the sound of heavy downpouring rain. After it kept up for a while, I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed, put on a pair of boxers, some sandals, and a baseball hat, and ran out to move the car up to the driveway. Xy tried to tell me it wasn’t […]

We Roll Tight Whips Every Day

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

When we were out in Oregon there was a story on the news that caught my interest, out of the corner of my eye, about Jeff “Free” Luers being released from prison. Luers was arrested and convicted for setting fire to three vehicles back in 2000. The guy was trying to make a protest statement […]

Broke My Damn Toe and Other Entries in the Annals of Idiocy

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I’ve been wanting to visit a podiatrist, but I am daunted from seeking healthcare, daunted by my insurer. Humana refuses to thoroughly update their database of “approved” physicians to reflect the reality of post-Katrina New Orleans. This may come as a shock but after the floods of ’05 many doctors simply ain’t there no more. […]

Vehicular Challenge

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Michael gave me a lift early Sunday morning to pick up the car from where Xy had abandoned it on Airline Highway the night before. It wouldn’t start. While we were unloading her Xmas shopping a cop pulled up and chastised us for leaving the car there overnight. He waited while I called Progressive Roadside […]

Auto Motive

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Oops, I meant to post this mix to go along with the previous post about the burned-out car. This one’s almost an hour long with tracks by Dizzy Gillespie, Blue Öyster Cult, and of course Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Matt Sweeney. As I always I welcome your comments. Note also that 8tracks has just added […]

Tale of a Burned Out Car

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Here’s something I observed a few weeks ago, but am only finding time to write about now. On Monday, October 26, as I took my daughter to daycare in the morning, I encountered a burned-out car on Cleveland near South Salcedo Street. I used to see burned-out cars on the streets of our neighborhood with […]


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

The damage to our car from running up on that curb has been repaired. The bill? $4,008.53. Xy’s response: Time to get a new car. My response: At least we met our deductible. On a related note, the future of Saturn appears uncertain at this point, so I’m rather discouraged about ever getting satisfaction on […]

More Trouble Than They’re Worth

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

They’re more trouble than they’re worth! I’m referring to cars, of course. Xy drove the car up onto a curb yesterday after work and did some serious damage to the undercarriage, not to mention the body. A bunch of people in the area said they’ve run over the same curb, which was actually a little […]

Non-Starter (part five in a series)

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Here’s a new twist on an old theme. Because of our intermittent no-crank no-start problem, Xy has taken to going out early on cold mornings and giving the car a test start. This was such a morning. It was about 36º F out there. But the car started up, no problem. But twenty minutes later, […]

Falling Behind, Catching Up

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Somehow last week got away from me, and I failed to record some happenings here. For example, on Thursday morning the car refused to start again. We waited ten minutes and then it started up fine. (Well, almost fine. Xy still couldn’t get it to start so I tried, and succeeded. Therefore Xy drove to […]

Non-Starter (part four in a series)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Here we go again. It was probably the coldest morning of the season so far. No crank, no start. Xy was pissed, and I can’t blame her. It was her turn to drive for the carpool. Two co-workers were depending on her. Fortunately they were able to switch it up at the last minute. Of […]


Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This morning the car wouldn’t start again. Only three weeks since the last time. Cocking the wheel didn’t help. Nothing helped. I waited about five or ten minutes, and it started right up. I don’t think this is related to the colder weather, because when it didn’t start on the 9th the low was only […]


Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Again this morning with the non-starting car. I think this is the second time since I wrote about this problem back in January. Plenty of power, but no engine action. We both tried it repeatedly. Xy was about to get a ride to work with our neighbor Debra when she asked me, “Did you try […]

Latest Entry in the Annals of Idiocy

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

This morning, Xy was sitting in our car, waiting to give a ride to some co-workers. A short time later, I got a text message: “u have the car.” I looked out the window and saw, sure enough, Xy was gone but the car was still there. Must have been a mix-up about who was […]


Thursday, January 31st, 2008

One morning about a month ago, Xy couldn’t get our car started, and she had to catch a ride with a co-worker. I was all set to take it to the shop, but when I tried it an hour later, it started right up for me. So we dismissed it as a fluke. This morning […]

Hoosier Car

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

As I’ve mentioned before, a white Honda Prelude has been sitting on our block for over three months. It’s had debris piled on it. It’s been jacked up and cannibalized for parts. It’s had the rear window smashed out. The police came and looked at it on several occasions. But still it remained. I was […]


Monday, July 9th, 2007

In April I looked out my window and saw three white kids pushing a white car. They stopped just down the street from our house. I thought to myself, “Oh, they’re having car trouble.” An hour later I noticed they were gone but the car was still there, and it dawned on me: That car’s […]

Vehicular Transport

Friday, April 6th, 2007

We bought a car yesterday. It’s a 2005 Saturn Ion 3. It has about 11,000 miles on it and cost us about $10,000. It’s bright white. The dealership gave us only $300 for our old 1998 Saturn SL1, about what we expected for a car with a severe engine problem. I hate the car shopping […]

Story #18

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Oh, as for the article about our renovation, which I mentioned earlier? I can’t find the text online, alas, but they did use a picture by yours truly: Also in today’s paper, there’s an excellent editorial by Michael Homan. Update: Thanks to Adrastos, I found the article about our renovation online.