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Oh Those Greenback Woes.

Posted by DeeVee , Mar 21 2007 · 62 views

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So the other day I was on my way to Edmond from Stillwater, and I noticed steam coming from underneath my hood.

So, like anyone who has no idea about how cars work, I pull into Wal*Mart, and flip out.

My radiator hose had sprung a leak, and was spraying antifreeze all over my engine. Yay.

So I bought a new radiator hose ($25). I bought a thing of antifreeze ($7). I needed a screwdriver to change the hose with ($9). I decided to check my oil while I was at it, and I was almost out, so I bought more ($5).

I was on my way to a blind-date my friend Alana had set me up on. I had to cancel, as there went my date-fund (I'm kind've unemployed, technically, and I'd been saving all I had for this date, and the Brickfest MOC package [more on that farther down]). Then I needed gas, so there's another twenty.

So there I was, down about $75. So now I had no date (though I still drove to Edmond to chill with Alana), and no money to even mail packages to KIE.

Sucks.

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Thats one thing cars and other vehicles are guaranteed to do, suck up the dollars of your wallet. I am kind of in the same boat, I had big plans for Brickfest this year and they went out the window in a matter of 20 minutes.
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Actual price of a typical radiator hose - $15
Actual price of 4L of unmixed Coolant/Antifreeze (you get twice as much if it's not mixed) - $5
Actual price of 1L 10W30 oil - $2-$3
A decent screwdriver - $1
Money made from unsuspecting Americans regarding auto products - Priceless.
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QUOTE(~Makaru~ @ Mar 21 2007, 10:03 PM)

Actual price of a typical radiator hose - $15
Actual price of 4L of unmixed Coolant/Antifreeze (you get twice as much if it's not mixed) - $5
Actual price of 1L 10W30 oil - $2-$3
A decent screwdriver - $1
Money made from unsuspecting Americans regarding auto products - Priceless.


Well, there goes my exaggeration for effect.

The hose was twenty after tax. I'll give you that. As for the screwedriver, friggin' Wal*Mart only had one kind.

And I've never seen 10W30 oil that cheap. I can get a quart for a dollar (I bought two), but a L?

<<DV>>
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We sell it at $4.23, and since we're a convenience store, our prices are ridiculous. Also, a Quart and a litre are almost identical in volume.

Might have something to do with me livin' in Oil Country.
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QUOTE(~Makaru~ @ Mar 22 2007, 01:05 AM)

We sell it at $4.23, and since we're a convenience store, our prices are ridiculous. Also, a Quart and a litre are almost identical in volume.

Might have something to do with me livin' in Oil Country.


Haha, I'm in Oklahoma. We're one of the few US oil producers! Haha.

<<DV>>
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Kopaka's Ice Engineering
Mar 22 2007 08:04 AM
It's okay, DV. I figured you'd have PM'd me confirmation of its shipment by now.
I'm not upset, really. There should be a next time.


Who knows? You could bring them yourself that next time. biggrin.gif


-KIE
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What a bummer cars can be. I had to get new heads put on the engine of my suburban last fall, and that cost about $150-$200, but havent had anything else since, other than replacing the rear axle with one from my $150 parts truck.

One way to get ahead is to have a reliable vehicle, and a good mechanic who treats you right. My mechanic happens to be a good friend who I also work with, so I get deals _icon_joy_.gif

Anyone can make money too. Go earn some, and your money woes will disappear :-D a good job isnt hard to find if you put yourself out there. Good luck with everything!

and Schucks, I was looking forward to seeing what you were sending to BrickFest.....
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