Kate and her car

Kate has an old passat sedan as a car. This 1999 old lady, named Olga the Ugly, has had rough life. We think it was in an accident. We know that it has been the car for multiple new teenage drivers. And it has the problem of planned obsolescence–all the plastic pieces are designed to break. After all, this is the car where a year ago, Bob and I proposed using umbrella’s to replace the sun roof……

At this point, the problems with the car include

  • broken sunroof (held in place with wooden blocks)
  • no heater (broken fan piece fixed with zipties)
  • no alarm or lock (don’t ever lock the car as the alarm system goes off at random moments)
  • badly decomposed seats (one is filled with a towel under the seat cover)
  • Windows dropping into the doors (latest problem)
  • Anyway, a week ago Kate came home very upset, the driver side window had dropped into the door. Bob checked and found it that it was OK, all we needed was a silly little plastic part costing about 50 dollars. Same problem as several years ago. Last time that happened, Bob was able to fix the window on the passenger side. It turns out there is a cable for the door lock that can easily get mixed up with the window controls. If they do get mixed up, then when you lower the window, the door pops open and the cable gets cut. This time we knew enough to avoid that specific problem.

    But yet another stupid problem– now the window switches are broken. Less than a millimeter of plastic is used to anchor the switches in a high stress area. Designed to break and it did. Actually the picture is quite shocking, you can see how it happened. We thought about using popsicle sticks to fix the switch. But it turns out you can buy a universal part for about 10 bucks. Much easier than spending hours making the sticks work. But it would have been funny to see Kate’s face at that level of repair.



    Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

    Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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