We drive a 2004 Pathfinder. The R50 series. The model changed to the R51 in 2005 and became less robust and less useful. The older Nissan Pathys were/are great. But 2004 is 16 years old. It is starting to lose some of it’s ‘zip’ and sex appeal. Not yet losing it’s ‘reliability’, but there have been hints that is coming (like the incident on the trip up island with the moho) and I have recently heard something faint in the front end…..
The moho we are living in is parked on my friend’s front lawn. He is a retired front end mechanic. “Let’s have a look at that noise” (which is weird grammatically but we MEN know what we mean). And, so we do. The wheel I suspected turned out to be good. So, I said, “That’s good. I only felt it after a long downhill brake. Must be my imagination. Let’s quit.” “No. We are here. So is the car. Let’s look at the other wheel.” And, so we did. “This side is 100% gone. Totally worn. It’s done!”
Lordco delivered the parts while we had tea. Half an hour later, J had them installed. “You just dodged a bullet. I have not seen a brake pad so worn and had not yet harmed the rotor. It is as if your last braking coming in here rubbed off the last pad residue. Your timing was immaculate.”
I tell this story partly because we have been hemorrhaging money living on the lawn this month. You know….? Restaurants, comfort-foods and ‘because-we-are-here’ purchases, costs we didn’t expect (the repairs to cars and pumps-from-home) and such. I would estimate an extra $3,000 extra all in. And yet….in weird ways, it is ‘coming back’. We have been unexpectedly lucky. A surprise cheque ($335) from Canadian libraries for the books we wrote. The brake job was done for the cost of parts ($1000 savings). The installation of my new bush-bar (using J’s garage and his assistance – probably $500+ savings). It is just kinda weird……..a whole month of totally disrupted spending and yet, in the end, there will not be much difference in the big picture….
……funny how that works.
Back to the car/men. I needed to install a bush-bar because, as I age and become less sexy and lose my ‘zip’, my vision at night is also not as good. My eyesight is still reliable but, you know, it is getting older. The newer models of modern men, however, are not much better. Way, way less reliable! The old ones are built much better (even with creaky joints and odd noises).
Anyway, the bush-bar is a really just a place to mount more lights. And, on the old logging road, at night, more lights are needed otherwise you might/will hit a deer.
I hit a little fawn last year. It is no more. Adding lights might save lives.
So? The point of the story? This has been the month for repairs, I guess. Sally repairs. Pump repairs. Moho repairs. Several Pathfinder repairs and, yes, you guessed it, I am getting an eye repair a couple of weeks from now.
This has also been a month of ‘lucky breaks’ from the kindness of Craig at Comox Fountain Tire to the love and support of my friends J&J while on their lawn to even the Canada Council for the Arts.