snapshots of an idle mind

January 18, 2006

ode to the almost shoes

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassinak @ 4:24 pm


as some of you may know i am madly in love with my car (hah! bet some of you weren’t expecting those last two words were ya?) and i have a theory of car ownership formed by *years* of feast and famine. when the feast is on fix the fucking car for all it’s worth cause when the famine is on the wonderful thing will make it through fairly cheaply… but you gotta keep it up when you’re doing okay.

and i’m doing okay.

so in october i got tires and in november i got a windshield and in december i got a tie rod end and a tune up and a thermostat and some minor stuff and today i went in for a seal. i don’t really know exactly what seal i just know that there’s oil on one of my spark plugs and it’s because of this little leaky seal AND it’s why my gas mileage has been sucking total ass lately. i also know that it’s under the cam shaft and thus the twenty dollar seal costs two and a half hours of labour.

i also knew that my oil pan had developed a slow leak (basically tiny pinholes of rust) a while back that wasn’t really a big deal but was worth keeping an eye on. so i told the nice mechanic to also take a boo at the oil pan to find out how it was doing.

this is important yo since i’m doing a bit of a drive soon and i’ve had an oil pan shatter and land in the road under my car before and i am here to tell you that you do not get ANYWHERE when that happens.


so, yeah. the oil pan was actually MORE fucked than the seal. fucked enough that i had to change it today. can’t complain too much, it waited EXACTLY the eight months that i needed it to and not a second more. worse? not an iota of shared labour in these two jobs. not like a clutch and a tranny which are basically the same labour for both parts. nope, totally unrelated areas of the fucking car.

so instead of 400 bucks on my car i dropped 750 bucks on my car today. joy.

do you know what that is? that’s my NEW SHOES and (*tear*) my new bra that actually fits (and is maybe sexy or at least pretty) and a couple of dinners out. i don’t think it’s my climbing shoes but i’ll know in another few days when i see how the numbers shake down.

so, firstly, allow me to apologize to the reader who requested bra shopping stories rather than jeans shopping stories. not this month dude.

second? please join me in a moment of silence for my new shoes that i REALLY want.

*silence interrupted by the chieftains in the background*

currently i have the ones on the left BUT the sole has split so i can’t wear them. I plan to get the yellow ones in the foreground AND the black with orange trim ones that aren’t in that pic but are HAWT!

anyway, i’m all sad, i thought for sure i could get shoes this month but no.

in fact it almost seems that whenever i decide that i can afford shoes some unexpected expense hits. i just ate the cushion on my credit card and everything.

good news? i just dropped a month’s rent on my car AND i can still afford my life and my expenses and classes with the goddess and probably climbing shoes. so i can’t *really* complain about it even though i *want* to a lot.

ah well i was discussing feast and famine the other day, was probably a bit presumptuous or something.

so, yet another month passes in my apartment with my home being rendered uninhabitable for days on end. currently they’re refinishing the floor in the apartment above me (which is drowning out abbey road) and then they’ll do the floor outside my door and then the apartment across the hall and over a bit.

if it isn’t the boiler it’s the pipes. if it isn’t the pipes it’s the bugs and if it isn’t those it’s the floors and let us not forget shouting in the fucking halls.

i get that they have to work and all but this is getting seriously out of hand.

i wish that i could just move my entire apartment, stuff and walls and floors and closet and all into the building next door. then i could still live in my awesome neighbourhood but i wouldn’t have to live in this building with the totally inconsiderate super and property manager.

who still, by the way, insist upon propping open the door to the building without leaving anyone there to watch it and without anyone in the halls.

regarding nyc i’m feeling some need to clarify.


yes bubbles, even you!

i’m only the person whose blog happened to be hosting the comments the day this got started, and since i’m really busy in august i picked a weekend that suited me… pleasures of hosting the discussion.

that said, no one should feel not invited.

k? k.



  1. A 750.00 repair beats the hell out of a car payment. One of my more brilliant coworkers had the transmission in their van die. Rather than spend 2k to fix it they decided they needed a NEW car. So they buy a Dodge Sebring. The van that needed the 2k tranny they owed 8k on was traded in. Since their credit was total shit they had to go through some odd credit place and the dealer didn’t cut them a deal on the car. They paid 28k for the car (a Chrysler! heh, they could have gotten a new 3 series for that much) plus 8k on the van, leaving them with 36K for a payment….2 years later they own like 30k and are paying 10%. Woops. That smell? It’s the repo man.

    You’ll get those shoes soon enough! :)

    Comment by castufari — January 18, 2006 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  2. cast: motherfucking word.

    my car runs like a top and if i maintain it i’ll get another 160,000 km out of it (that’s 100,000 miles to you yanks :)

    those people are stupid. that kind of financial nonsense is ridiculous. hell i’m planning to get a new tranny and clutch in the next six months or so… just need to save up a couple grand (may as well get the timing belt done then too…)

    i miss your blog.

    Comment by sassinak — January 18, 2006 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  3. I know, it makes NO sense. I found out about it after they hit me up for 20 bucks and the person that sits next to them told me I’d never see it again.

    I need to think about the blog. I miss writing, I’ll just have to be careful. I could block the user from hitting from work easily enough. Maybe later.

    My vehicle is at 146k, no maintenance until next month (oil change). I changed it before I went to GP2K5….in September! I’m really not driving so much now. Today I did drive to a couple of jobs because I forgot to sign out for my car, but I will get like 50.00 in gas from it.

    Comment by castufari — January 18, 2006 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  4. *orgasm* SHOES!!!!!!!

    Comment by da buttah — January 18, 2006 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  5. cast: good thing my parents beat some sense into me young. man my ex was that stupid about money. i think you make a blog, as *snicker* casti or capncasti and then you do NOT tell anyone at work about it. anyone.

    and maybe less specific work talk?

    i noticed a real improvement in the driveability and pep of my car already. it was a totally worthy 750 bucks and i’m no longer worried about my oil pan falling out and landing in the road.

    elle: aren’t they fucking hawt? i mean i know they aren’t manolos but as sneakers go?

    Comment by sassinak — January 18, 2006 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  6. First of all, if your place is TRULY being rendered uninhabitable then there is the doctrine of constructive eviction which exists in most state laws, although I dunno about Canada. I could look into it though… might buy you some extra money to buy your hawt shoes in addition to having a well-serviced auto. Every little bit helps, I think.

    Re NYC, what have I missed?

    Comment by JMai — January 18, 2006 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  7. hey JM

    hrm… it’s loud and obnoxious work that often happens on the weekends and they’ve been rebuilding the place since last MARCH! and we put up with a lot for it… but now when i complain that they’re loud at ten am for NO reason and shouting outside my apartment and i ask them nicely to go 30 feet down the hall to the laundry room i’m told that that’s impossible.

    so i get woken up a minimum of once a week. thing is that when they (for ex) installed a new boiler in the boiler room next to me and i complained that it was like a jet engine taking off in my bed ten times a night they did build me a wall. so they could argue that they’re doing what’s necessary?

    dunno. just know that something seems to happen at least 5 times a month.

    what’s constructive eviction mean? tell me that before i get you looking up obscure legal shit in canada.

    uh, last post i explained but basically anyone who wants to is meeting in nyc the last weekend of august… uh 26-29 or so :)

    you coming?

    Comment by sassinak — January 18, 2006 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  8. Ok. Doesn’t sound like constructive eviction… just sounds like it sucks. The basic gist of constructive eviction says that the landlord has made your place so completely uninhabitable that you just cannot bear to live there… generally for health/safety-type reasons. So that even though you haven’t physically been handed an eviction notice, the situation is so grave that you have to find someplace else to be. An example? If there is weeks of rubbish in the hallways, such that it becomes putrid and unhygienic, crawling with maggots and releasing harmful gasses into the air, then you move out and claim constructive eviction because landlord knew of the situation but did nothing to remedy it. It’s a fairly extreme example but you get the point.

    NYC in August? I dunno… it’s dreadfully humid and icky. But I’m almost always up for a trip home. We shall see!

    Comment by JMai — January 18, 2006 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  9. oooo legal shit

    *runs* hehe

    Constructive ouster would apply, yea…but, at the same time there’s the implied warranty of habitability, right? So, them putting a new boiler in and sprucing up the place pretty much fall into the requirements they have to meet for that?


    back to business entity taxation…:)

    Comment by da buttah — January 18, 2006 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  10. JM: i figured they could argue maintenance. if i find the door propped open one more timei’m reporting them for negligence or risking my security or soemthing.

    come to nyc!! who cares if it’s hot, excuse to wear hardly any clothes!

    elle: i would run too :)

    also regarding my apartment? what you said *sulk*

    have fun with tax law…

    *passes some dark chocolate with crunchy coffee bits*

    Comment by sassinak — January 18, 2006 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  11. Oooh I forgot about the implied warranty of habitability…but if memory serves (and I’m fairly certain that it doesn’t), constructive eviction is like the flipside of the implied warranty. Either way though, I don’t think their being noisy will rise to the level of making the place uninhabitable.

    Also, Sass — one thing doesn’t cancel out the other. If the events are unrelated then they can’t really point to one to try to mitigate the other (unles you’re in court and prior acts/reputation evidence rules apply that allow them to make reference … but we’re not going there).

    Ok this is turning into law bloggy convo which is ok by me but probably super boring for most of the rest of the blogging world so I’ma grab some dark choc and shutup.

    Comment by JMai — January 18, 2006 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  12. I don’t remember property law at all….mostly because i hated it…and I certaintly know jack shit about anything canadian…so uhh yea

    Also, if it’s the contractors that are noisy….dum dee dum….not the apartments fault per se. They aren’t the ones being the “evictors”, arguably

    Goddamn, lawyers do ruin the world!

    *eats the chocolate and learns what an 8832 form is*

    Comment by da buttah — January 18, 2006 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  13. Erm…cars suck dude…I mean they rock…but they suck…I love having mine cause it’s convenient and you can carry shit around and it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer and you don’t have to wait to get where you want to go….

    But then there is the maintenance and the gas and the bad drivers and the finding of parking and more maintenance… and when people almost crash into you (today) and the fact that you have to fight to keep them clean cause you are so busy you eat in the car…

    I love me some public transport…or at least the option to drive or take the tube…no such luck in Orlando

    Verbose much? Yeah cause I am fucking sick and I can’t fucking sleep… DUUUDE this blows major chunks


    Comment by Natalia — January 19, 2006 @ 12:45 am | Reply

  14. okay. you guys scare me.

    it’s kind of hot :)

    i’m finding it interesting actually but there’s no reason to care what anyone else thinks. it’s a comments section, if they’re bored they can skip to the next one.

    have some more chocolate :)

    elle: damm it’s the contractors fault. that shit is funny.

    this is good chocolate yo.

    nat: cars suck. not have a car sucks more. a lot more. it’s totally worth it to me. in fact the one class i have to drive to pays the insurance and a tank of gas for the month… was two tanks a while ago *g*

    seems like a fair trade to not have a 45 minute walk before my 8:30 class because buses are slow and the subway starts at 9 on sundays….

    i’m sad someone tried to kill you today. the world would be a poorer place if you werne’t in it.

    i do really love the OPTION of the subway though. take it whenever i drink or whatever.

    dude that sucks. have some chocolate.

    Comment by sassinak — January 19, 2006 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  15. But I don’t wanna wait til next month!!!

    Comment by Mike — January 19, 2006 @ 6:57 am | Reply

  16. sorry dude it’s all about the car :)

    but mmmmmmmmmmmm it drives so nice now.

    Comment by sassinak — January 19, 2006 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  17. Sass, I think I too am in love with my car. I drove the same one for 12 years and finally had to replace it last year. I thought I would miss all it’s little quirks and I did for a while.

    The new car is orgasmic to me (except for the payments, those totally blow)! I sometimes think I may live in my car (it’s actually a van) since it is as comfortable as my home.

    I going to do a post soon about my obsession with it.

    Comment by SignGurl — January 19, 2006 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  18. Hello, my name is Matt, I’m a typical Californian…and I love my car too.

    Comment by Matt Vella — January 19, 2006 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  19. I’m there, with your shoes… they’ll look SLAMMIN’ with your new shrug!

    Does it fit? Did you wear it naked? Did you see the AWESOME price I paid for it!?!?!

    I was so excited to get the for ya… so where do I find these shoes.. HA!

    Damn Sass, I so love to dress you… is that a BAD thing?

    No seriously, I feel another care package coming on… lots of chocolate, lotion, and shoes…


    HUGGS for your CAR!

    Comment by Everything nice — January 19, 2006 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  20. My car’s name is Lucifer :)


    Comment by Natalia — January 19, 2006 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  21. Late to the party! Again!




    Shoes. Boo! I’ll buy them for ya! I understand the attachment. And I know how heartbreaking it is to put your money to something you need before you put it into something you want. Sucks, but it’s good that you got to take care of your car!

    Noise — OHMUHGAH how do you stand it?! You poor thing! Ear plugs? I have a feeling that would do you no good though. What a bummer! Do you have any idea when they’ll be done? And what the FUCK is wrong with your landlord and this leaving-the-door-propped bullshit?!

    As far as NYC goes…well…I can try? I dunno, I’m kind of thinking Jamaica is gonna take a lot out of my ability to vacation…but I’ll work on it and see what I can do!

    Comment by Blondie — January 19, 2006 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  22. my car’s name is hailey..she’s so cute!

    Comment by da buttah — January 19, 2006 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

  23. sign: i’ve had mine since 97 and it’s now 12 years old and looks to make it several more years. course it’s a honda so…

    for now it costs less to maintain that payments/insurance on a new car so i’m a gonna keep it up for a while.

    post on!

    matt: yay!

    bubbles: they’re hawt aren’t they? also not nearly as cheap as the shrug :( and dude you got the most awesome price i’m seriously impressed.

    i didn’t wear it naked but i DID try it on with half my wardrobe so i will for certain wear it about three times a week for the next while :)

    you love to dress me and you want ME to complain? dress on!

    mmmmm lotion. works for me! (hope anyway)

    damm dude it looks hawt on, as soon as someone with a digicam takes a pic i’ll post it.

    nat: no shit!

    blondie: it’s an ACCORD of COURSE you do!

    can you see how beautiful they are though? i mean all sneakery and sleek and make your feet look tiny AND they’re awesome for dancing!

    the noise is driving me FUCKING NUTS and i have no idea what is up with them and not giving a shit about my personal security but i’m fed up as hell with it. if i had down payment i would move TOMORROW.

    hey if you make it yay and if you don’t then next time?

    elle: aw. mine is car. also my car and the accord :)

    Comment by sassinak — January 19, 2006 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

  24. *casually notes that the pair she has now are:
    CM: 26.5
    US: 8.5
    euro: 42*


    (also the model number is HL202)

    seriously ladies these shoes are the shit, y’all should get yourself some… and please don’t feel the need to get me shoes though i do love them so :)

    Comment by sassinak — January 19, 2006 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  25. Cars are wonderful things to have.
    They’re tricky things to deal with though. The freedom you experience behind the wheel can evaporate when you’re stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Once you’re stuck there, you may feel like your refuge has been transformed into a prison.

    I love my car, but it comes at a price. I’d rather walk sometimes to preserve my fragile sanity.

    Comment by othercat — January 19, 2006 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  26. I love my car too. I worked in Seattle for 6 months where I could walk to everything I needed and I MISS that.

    Especially having the most awesome sushi place ever just right up the street…sigh.

    Comment by Matt Vella — January 19, 2006 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  27. oc: you are so right. cars rock… until they don’t. but it still beats the alternative.

    i have great tunes for when that happens so it’s not so bad if you’re me. but i like to chair dance when i drive.

    i walk a lot, but i couldn’t have my job without a car.

    matt: that’s why i live downtown. i walk to all the restaurants and stuff that i use and some workplaces. the rest are quick dashes in the car. it’s GREAT.

    mmmm i have lots of awesome sushi up the street…

    Comment by sassinak — January 19, 2006 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  28. I just wanna see you do your chair dancin’. ;)

    Comment by Matt Vella — January 19, 2006 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  29. mmmmm…I just have to say this rice concoction i’m eating right now is really fucking good. peppers, mushrooms, a little bit of corn, onions, some stuff that I don’t know what the name is, some spinach dip…

    If I had some water chestnuts, I’d go vegetarian right fucking now!

    oops I swore 2 times.

    Comment by Mike — January 19, 2006 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  30. matt: i lurve chair dancing :)

    mike: damm dude that sounds fucking awesome. i want me some of that. who knew… funny and he can cook.

    swear on macduff.

    Comment by sassinak — January 19, 2006 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  31. How come every time I pop in and add a comment it kills the whole conversation?
    Nobody likes me, I’m going to the garden to eat worms.

    Comment by Mike — January 19, 2006 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  32. I have no car and I never have. Considering the expense of insurance/maintenance/gas/parking, I am so pleased that I have never known the convenience, freedom (and I don’t mean financial freedom) and addiction that comes with car ownership.

    As for the rental housing sitch… man, I worked in a legal clinic doing landlord-tenant law for years. There are definite possibilities for wrenching a free month or two of rent out of them. What do you have to lose? You’re miserable and they don’t like you anyway. I would link you to a very user-friendly website that explains all the potential recourse and how to go about it, but Blogger doesn’t let anonymous posters use the HTML tags for linking. Dicks. So if you’re interested, email me.


    Comment by Anonymous — January 19, 2006 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  33. For a moment I thought Elle typed that lawyers RUN the world… which of course we do … but also we RUIN the world. ANd she’s probably right about the contractors. Not that I think the docrtine applies. But anywhoo…

    In other news, I am starting to take it personally that you haven’t commented on my post when I made sure I responded to your demand that I tell you about the guy! Lol… dude, it’s a long post though. Get some more chocolate, and also some popcorn.

    Comment by JMai — January 19, 2006 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  34. eh. can’t hate lawyers

    we just do what we’re told…it’s retarded money hungry people who ruin it for the rest of us

    and give we lawyers a bad rep.

    that said…i’m doing tax law..all i do is crunch numbers :)

    Comment by da buttah — January 19, 2006 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  35. JM: sorry, band practise, dash home to change, dancing with hcg

    will read post TOMORROW though :)


    Comment by sassinak — January 19, 2006 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  36. mike: that’s a cool talent, you should practice it or something.

    i hear worms are good for you?

    PV: in my personal case it’s actually been really necessary for the work that i do. i would work a lot less if i was unable to drive between appointments.

    that said? cars are giant holes in your life into which you poor money.

    you did? did i know that? was i so stoned i didn’t hear you say it? i must call you. or buy you brunch?

    JM: please don’t take it personally, i had a really busy day.

    elle: you are correct. the lawyer is just the guy the dick hired. that said, the bad lawyers make it tougher for the good ones.

    i just found out that one of my clients does financial planning crap so i’m going to pick her brain on how to get grants and stuff.

    i love numbers. is that wrong?

    Comment by sassinak — January 20, 2006 @ 2:40 am | Reply

  37. dang … I’ve missed a lot. LOL

    1. Sorry about the car, and thus the shoes.

    2. I’s so way glad for you that despite the economic hit, you were not only able to survive but get by capably … it means your financial situation is mucho better.

    3. I would so be there in NYC if I could get away … if I hit the lottery before then, the rooms are on me! LOL

    Comment by DZER — January 20, 2006 @ 4:07 am | Reply

  38. Well that sucks… you’d think there would be some sort of break for you. Safe driving, though, at least you now know your car is more reliable.

    Have a great weekend.

    Comment by ShyRocket — January 20, 2006 @ 6:48 am | Reply

  39. Sass, I didn’t quite get the “I love numbers” thing.

    But it must make foreplay easy with you, just have to pretend to be the Count from Sesame Street.

    vun! vun glass of wine! Ha ha ha!!!’

    2! 2 glasses of wine! Hahaha!!!

    3! 3 glashesh of wine! Hahaha!!

    4 (urp)! 4 glasheshof …hahahahahahahaahahaha..

    This cybersex has been brought to you today, by the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    Comment by Mike — January 20, 2006 @ 7:47 am | Reply

  40. dzer: sometimes we get busy *shrug* :)

    1. thanks
    2. it’s true, it’s a nice place to be compared to last year.
    3. oh man lottery. such a nice idea.

    shy: man it’s driving like it’s 5 years younger than it is again. who knows how long that seal has been fucking shit up. so yeah i’m sorta glad of it really

    mike: *lmao*

    really i just like arithmetic and math. weird i know

    also the count? AWESOME character!

    Comment by sassinak — January 20, 2006 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  41. holy shite…what a talkie group…i get busy with work and i miss everything…nuthin left to say i’m thinkin…i’m def slacking on my stalker duties…yikes!

    Comment by Jenn! — January 20, 2006 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  42. yeah jenn
    i’m going to have to give mike your spot if you’re not careful


    Comment by sassinak — January 20, 2006 @ 11:31 am | Reply

  43. WHAT-EVER!!!!

    Comment by Jenn! — January 20, 2006 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  44. […] my clients, who i love and who keep me in brunches at maggie’s and finally new clothes?  (did i mention i finally got those shoes?) […]

    Pingback by lucky « snapshots of an idle mind — December 18, 2007 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

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