|In happier days...|
I have an very unexpected and very unwelcome vacation day today; the poor old van won't start. It just hangs there, with a couple of cylinders firing, but not enough to get it running. We have a AAA membership, which got the van running yesterday so I could get out and get the groceries, and we'll have to use it again today to get the van off to the shop and to pick up our rental car. The van, at 337,000 miles, is slated to be retired shortly; it'll be kept as a spare after we get the new VW Beetle that a friend wants to sell off.
So, I have a very busy day ahead, and things will be pretty hectic for the next few days. One of the unhappy side effects of the Missus' health issues is that she does not handle emergencies like this very well, so I have to be here to supervise matters. Luckily for me, I have over 230 hours of vacation time accrued, and my employers like to have me take the time when I can - I can 'max out' at 300 hours, so getting some time off helps everybody.
Oops! Tow truck's here! Be right back!