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Kay/NC
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Another day, another disaster!

Or two.

No water here at .jenna's house this morning. Well guys are done, I think I hear them pulling out now.

Meanwhile, daughter is having conniptions with hired guy's attitude this morning. I think he's a goner.

Glad I had an excuse to rest this morning...just about worn out with the drama!
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SLC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

Hope you have water again.  That is one thing we can't be without.  

 

Our crisis this morning seems to be with the GPS & planter settings..   I'm waiting for a call back on that because I bet he will need for me to reset something when he gets back to the field.

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Kay/NC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

New pump and pressure tank. Now, our best big pickup truck has completely crapped out, more than an hour from home. No lumber load or feed pickup that we were supposed to get today. No telling when AAA will arrive, then the haul, then get home. Crap, crap, crappity crap!
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SLC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

When it rains, it pours.    Sorry about the pickup and the wait.  

 

It never fails.    Yesterday I was getting ready to take DD to camp about an hour away.  Before we left, I rolled my car window down and lo and behold, it would not go back up.  I know that is a minor inconvience but I was not going to drive 75mph on interstate with an open drivers window.   DH was in the field so I didn't want to bother him,  I was afraid my old clunker would groan at the thought of a long trip so I decided to take the big SUV..   but parked behind it was lawnmower, 4wheelers, and DS's dirt bike.    Took 15 minutes to dig it out of the shed.   

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manureseller
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

It comes in 3's so maybe with the earlier issues, the water, and the pickup your run is over and it'll be smooth sailing for awhile.   Smiley Very Happy

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Kay/NC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

Shired guy's departure was a real scene, I am sure. I told Mike, in the two hours plus we waited for AAA, in 100-- degree humiture, we weren't meant to be there.

Hired guy cleaned out some of their clothing and trash, but not nearly all. Daughter says the old car he had bought needed a windshield, and the installers were there, when she went to take hus keys and pay him out. He was $90 short, be ause he still owed her $500 for the car he wrecked last winter.

She kept the $100 he agreed to lay her back each week, so he was $90 short., the guys called their boss, and took the wi sshiekdback out of the car, then left.

Right now, she is trying to rescue a tiny pupoy he brought there maybe a month ago, starved and dehydrated. She found him under the house after he left. I have given her what medical supplies I have left from nursing school, and a friend is helping her get puppy chow and such, to try and bring him around. Pretty pitiful.

The truck git hauled to the closest dealership. We were sent a car by the tow driver, after I raised holy Hades with the AAA supervisor. The car had no door skins, so the guts if the window motirs and door locks were exposed...no handles. She drive in the midfle of the riad all the way back here.

If trouble comes in threes, tiday was our share for niw. Hoping the truck is something simple, or still in warranty. Should knkw Monday, when their diesel tech shows up, and ot gies on the computer. It did finally restart and moved just fine, so we coukd unblock the riad and line it up for the rollback.

Fortunately for us, we had a home thirty minutes away to get to, for cool AC and cold drinks. I would have beenteally in trouble, if not for my Tervis tumbler of ice and water. The last thirty minutes or so we waited, I was having to cool off with ice cubes on my neck. Mike sees why I always carry it now.
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Kay/NC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

We have five vehickes, not counting clunker trucks for the farm. This is out best/ maintained, most $$$, lowest mikeage one, by a margin of hal the miles or less. Figures it would screw up on such a hot day, without a breeze stirring.

I tried to get him to stop at a shady churchyard...but, NO! Maybe a mile further along, we were on the roadside, actually blocking a side road intersection, no shade. Miserable! Not a breath of breeze stirting. What we call " close". If not for the water and ice in my mug, I think I'd have bern in the ER., skending another small fortune!
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SLC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

What a miserable way to spend the afternoon.  Good thing you had water along.  I usually have a bottle of water along but not always.   I carry a small cooler with pop, lemonade, and bottled water in the old truck as I often end up transporting help and such and they are always glad for a drink other than from the waterjug they are supposed to have with them.     We've already had heat advisory  warnings for tomorrow and Sunday.   Oh joy...   

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Kay/NC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

Right before the girl showed up with the car to transport us, I opened Weatherbug, and it said 95 Feels like 100. I had to resort to using my last few ice cubes to melt on my neck and face, to try and cool off. I think I had two about the size of a pea left....

The real problem turns out to be that even though AAA sells our package as having a 100- mile tow radius, they only pay $150 for it, period. We had said first to bring us back to the NC place, since that was where we were headed, but were only about 60 miles away, well within our radius.

The first ninety minutes, I guess, they were trying to get a tow company to come haul us at a loss. While we waited and waited, we finally realized that was probably the problem, so called them and said, " Just take us back to Dinwiddie, then the truck on to the dealership in Prince George."

That is technically two tows, to two destinations, so the hauler would get double pay, for maybe 35 miles total. The one that came for us was maybe eight minutes from where we had been standing for over an hour and a half at that point. Oh, and a lot of tow companies will not work with AAA anymore.

Anyway, even after we changed destinations, I had to break semi-ugly, when the first rep said it was two hauls...we said FINE! We get three for free.

Then the next rep said their computers couldn't set up a " piggyback", which was the word the first one used when she told us it was two tows...do, I didn't imagine the term. I was getting very close to heat-induced vomiting...not a pleasant feeling...sign of onset of heatstroke.

That was when I asked for a supervisor, so I wouldn't "dammit die". They were informed at the outset that I have a health condition that makes being hot for very long problematic...and, they were supposedly expediting the call, because of that risk, plus we were blocking a side road, almost totally.

The supervisor finally got us picked up, the truck loaded and taken to the dealership shop. She was surprised we were told that couldn't be done, and waived the second tow charge against our account. We will get a verdict Monday. I will likely be making time to write a letter to AAA HQ.

We both fell sound asleep in our chairs, right adter supper, and feel like the tiw truck ran over us this morning. I guess that is the effect of the heat, without sufficient hydration.


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SLC
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Re: Another day, another disaster!

That is absolutely unacceptable treatment by AAA.   I would certainaly be writing a letter.   Glad you are basically ok after that drama.  

I had a similar issue with AAA years and years ago when I had a flat tire and they sent someone the opposite direction of town thus taking nearly twice as long to get to me.  Currently we have a similar plan on our cell phones for road emergencies.  It seems to be nearly as good but they will allow you to use the tow company you want or simply the closest one..  must not have actual contracted providers.  

 

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