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Frustrating Ride Home

July 6th, 2017 at 05:17 am

After a delightful vacation in Michigan, our ride home was a disaster. We encountered lots of "slowdowns" and then, when I was just ready to turn onto Lake Shore Drive, Google maps steered me onto MLK Drive instead. I shouldn't have listened. That turn dumped us into downtown Chicago, and the tall buildings interfered with the satellite signal. Basically, we drove in circles until we finally figured out we had no reliable navigation and had to figure it out ourselves. Being in heavy, rush hour traffic didn't help. We finally made it, obviously, but we wasted a lot of time and gas, and the boys were scared and thought we might never get home again.

I also lost the loose molding from the side of my car. A brief look on the internet indicates it would cost $100-300 to replace, and that doesn't count labor to attach it. Common sense would indicate not to replace it, but I hate the way it looks.

The vacation itself was fun -- lots of swimming and boating and lots of good food. I also went antiquing with the "ladies" and I ended up buying some fabric to recover my dining room chair seats - only $10 -- and 4 English bone china mugs for $16.

Other costs: gas was $30, and food was $29. I also spent $19 on a birthday cake for DIL.

Today it's back to uberfrugal.

I think I will try to get my driver's license renewed today.

The good news is, after some really bad nights with pain in my legs, it appears that some back exercises that my doctor gave me have turned the trick. I had a very comfortable night last night. Perhaps I will not have to have physical therapy at all.

So, back to normal today! Hope everyone had a great Fourth.

5 Responses to “Frustrating Ride Home”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like you are doing your own physical therapy! How nice that seems to be working.

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Oh no, your ride home sounds like it was very stressful! Glad the rest of the trip was very enjoyable though.

  3. snafu Says:

    What a difficult finale to an otherwise fun trip. GPS is not always correct, we had a scary incident in New Mexico and found ourselves on a narrow logging road in an RV, unable to turn around.

    [Suggest calling auto wreckers or outlets that 'part out' vehicles to see if you can buy the missing trim. Does it 'snap on? need the door upholstery pried off or just hot glued in place?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    It kind of snaps on but needs to be glued around the edges. I already thought of checking out the wreckers. Sure wish I had ripped it off and saved it when I noticed it was loose.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Hope the exercises do the trick. Sorry about your ride home being a mess and losing part of your car.

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