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On February 17th Nancy posted “Dirt the Story” and “Dirt the Video” about our car break down and towing episode. This is the aftermath of that repair. Based on the cost of food & personal items (for example cheddar cheese, peanut butter, and suntan lotion), I was ready for a bill that would drain the bank account and make air travel look cheap again, but then based on the bill for my new glasses (see “finally a deal-Feb16th") I thought we might get off cheap. Who knew, but I was a bit worried especially since our neighbor Joy had just told her son to stuff a new starter motor in his luggage for her Toyota 4x4 when he came in from New York because it was going to so expensive. As I suspected it was the alternator in our car that went out - draining the battery as we drove, until it finally quit on Dust Bowl Highway. Prior to leaving Lake County, I had to replace a alternator. Pretty simple, but expensive - 200 bucks for a new alternator and 200 bucks for labor. The thought of just fixing the broken alternator part was never even discussed. Down here they still fix stuff, partially because labor is cheap, and partially because they can’t get new stuff cheap. So they removed the alternator, disassembled it, replaced a few parts, put it back together, and reinstalled it. Parts $24. Labor $36. So far, glasses and car repairs look like a deal. A chicken? Not so much.
Lauren has been having headaches. Since she is not worried about our 2012 taxes getting done, or finding a new house, or the cost of cheddar cheese, or even the scorpion she found in her underwear drawer, we thought we'd have her eyes checked. Free exam, 20/20 vision, no problems here. Let's see, guess the stress of taking the air conditioned bus to the 17 acre campus, then going to surf club after school can really take a toll. Oh yeah, today she took a swim suit to school because PE will be in the pool. Room service anyone?
Had lunch in Santa Cruz. The door said Hombres. See the irrigation valve with the red handle? Just turn it on to rinse.
Yes, I'm a little embarrassed that my wife is washing the car, but I was checking out the pool temperature at the time. Work is work.
Yes I know this was on the main page "Video of the Day" for a long time, but now there is a new video of the day and I thought this was too cool of a video clip to bury away. And I had to get wet to get this shot, risking life and limb. So here it is again - its only about 10 secs - go ahead and play it you're not really doing any work anyway!

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