Me And Haselwood Chevrolet

So, last year at Haselwood I spent $90 of my hard earned money (fixed income remember) to buy 3 “coupons” for oil changes. Gave them to my lovely-young-bride to use on her car. The other day I get them back; she prefers “Oil Can Henry’s” or someplace local that one doesn’t have to make an appointment to get into. That’s when I got to looking at the coupons to possibly use them, when I notice: Each has an expiration date. Really, an expiration date. They’ve already expired. What? How can something I paid for expire?

So, yesterday I made my appointment to get my oil changed. Talked to Cameron (the guy helping me) and he said the coupons have expired and that I paid my $90 for the “chance” to use them. What? The Chance to use them? That doesn’t make any sense.

Backtrack for a moment: The last time I had my oil changed (meaning before this time), I had already used my last “free” oil change so I paid out of pocket for the work done. (I may be wrong on that though. I seem to remember paying out of pocket but I cannot absolutely swear to it cause my memory is totally shot.)

Back to the present: Cameron was looking at my account and it seems that, when I bought the truck, I paid, as part of the financing, for a plan that gives me 9 oil changes and 9 tire rotations. What? So why did I pay out of pocket for my last oil change if I have this plan?

Cameron wasn’t sure, but, he wouldn’t charge me for this oil change AND he kept one of the expired coupons!

Did I just double pay for an oil change? (One off the plan I paid for and one for the expired coupon.)

So, I’m thinking that just as soon as we’ve concluded our oil change plan Hasselwood Chevrolet/GMC and I will be parting ways.

Don’t get me wrong; I like them, think they do good work, and everyone is friendly as heck, but no one seems to know what the hell is going on. Including me. And I don’t like that part at all.

And I will admit right up front that the actual facts may be slightly different (did I pay out of pocket or not?) but this is the way I remember it all. I am not trying to be dishonest or anything. No reason to be.

Plus, I don’t really feel that my oil absolutely has to be changed every 3 months. Mostly I don’t really drive that much. Except for trips around, I konow. And I’m sick of that truck bugging me about it!

Other than that: nice day out today so me and the Dog spent a lot of time outside. Picked another 4 lbs or so of black berries. Finished up the “cage” for the tower hole. Measured it and I need enough cement to fill a 6 ft x 7 ft x 39 inch hole. However much that is. Hopefully if won’t be too expensive.

Got the tower plumb all around. Bubble is centered on every axis. Think I lucked out on that. It’s not like I’ve ever done this before and know what the hell I’m doing. Need to borrow my friends cement shaker thingie for when I have cement delivered.

Watching Hurricane Harvey on youtube.

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One Of The Coolest Things I’ve Ever Seen

Tried getting some sleep sunday evening, but managed only about 1.5 hours, so I could get up at 0000, SSS, and leave for Oregon at 0100. Pretty much worked out. Except for the sleep part.

My Renter & his son joined me for the trip to see the Eclipse 2017. Really only ran into a bit of traffic the last 58 miles or so; from the Oregon border to where we stopped by the John Day River somewhere way south of Condon, Or. Got there around 0830 (I think) so had plenty of time to watch the whole thing.

I’ve tried 3 times now to describe the eclipse, and can’t. I really only can add it to the (short) list of really outstandingly wonderful neat things I’ve seen in my life. Tried to catch it in video but that really doesn’t do justive to it. Nice, for sure, but really doesn’t describe actually looking at a big black hole in the sky where the Sun was a moment ago. How dark it got all around us.

Wow! Just Fuckin’ Wow! Worth the drive. Worth 2 of those drives. Worth even not having any (I mean Any) cell signal. Even Onstar was offline.)

Ride home was okay until we hit I-5 North. Spent longer there than the trip from Oregon to I-5. At one point we sat still for over 20 minutes. It sucked! But it was, of course, everyone else that had driven to Oregon to watch the Eclipse. But, if they’d just learn how to MERGE traffic wouldn’t be nearly as crappy as it was.


But, finally got home around 1900. Was so tired that I was in bed by 2030 and I don’t remember a thing until 0500 this morning. Unusual for me to sleep through the night. Nice though.

Had a great trip. Appreciate my Renter and his son coming along (hope I wasn’t too boring for them.) He even got to drive my truck (but I promised not to tell his girlfriend.) For me, the only thing that would have made it way better was if SWMBO could have come along. (She had to work though.)

Today has really been kind of a lazy summer day. Really nice outside. Naked day! Gardening and stuff. Will still fall asleep if I sit in one place too long. Guess I haven’t “caught up” yet.

Me and the Dog found one of the big blue jay’s torn to pieces out on the trail. Wonder what got to it. Big bird though. At least, he was once. Nature.

Well, my Schweetie is home and fed and we’ve made the Garden tour. Think I’ll go lay down. Turns out I didn’t use my c-pap last night. Hmmm…

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