I had the starter in my car breakdown last week. $300. This was after I'd spent $1100 last month for a new timing belt and air conditioner. Sigh. Still, the Jetta has a lotta life left, with 150,000 miles and at least 100,000 to go (but for my son, I'm trading up a little in September).
This week both the spare bath toilet and the AC gave it up on Tuesday. I got a text from my cranky son when he got home a 7. Too late to do anything until Wednesday. Wednesday was new toilet day. New AC took longer, but finally got installed (my rental townhouse is 20 years old, and both were original) on Friday. So Tues, Wed, Thurs nights were hot hot hot and I was cranky cranky cranky. I'm fortunate to have such good landlords. They take care of things fast, and the right way.
I feel a little different now, a little chastised when watching all the danger and inconvenience for so many states due to Hurricane Irene. We Gulf-Coasters sit back and watch, a little awed to be spectators, for a change. Irene reminds me of Gloria in 1985... I was on Cape Cod when it came through. Hopefully, it will be our only "big one" of the season.
Put my small inconveniences in perspective, for sure!