Saturday, June 18, 2011

Warning Sign?

I got into my car this morning, started it up, glanced at the dashboard, and saw this.

At first I thought it was some kind of weird error code or warning indicator, and I wasn't sure if I should drive the car. It was early, so in my bleary-eyed state it took me a few seconds to realize that it was only the mileage on the odometer and no cause for alarm. The odd spaces between the zeroes and ones just didn't register as the amount of miles I've driven.

For the record, I am one of Detroit's worst nightmares. I tend to drive my cars right into the ground and then some. My previous vehicle had 138,000 miles on it, and even then I only got rid of it because it needed a repair that would cost more than the car was worth at the time.

I think the reason I keep cars for so long is because I absolutely loathe the car buying experience. I'd rather take a job as Oprah's human ottoman that go buy a new car. I hate all that bargaining and writing a number on a piece of paper and "I have to go talk to my manager" bushwah. That's why the last car I bought (this one) was a Saturn. I loved how buying a car from them was like buying a pair of pants. You just went in, found one you liked and bought it. No dickering, no fuss. Naturally they went out of business, as all companies I like eventually do.

And yes, that is my "Check Engine Soon" light blazing away there in the upper left hand corner. It's been on for about four years now. It's not a big deal. According to one of the ten repairmen who tried to get it to make it go away, it's probably on due to a microscopic hole in the fuel line, or a gas cap that doesn't seal properly. That's what I'm telling myself anyway


  1. It's not a weird error, nor a warning indicator... it's an answer. Nay, it's THE answer.

    (Hint: binary to decimal)

  2. Wow, that's an amazing coincidence!


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