COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 44044.38

Combating boredom.

After having limped back to town with the bad transmission in my Ford Explorer, I’ve spent the last couple of days dealing with the after effects. We took the vehicle to the service department at our local dealer, where it appeared that they wouldn’t even be looking at it for a few days and God only knows how much longer and at what expense we’d incur getting it back. Not good. I picked it up at the dealer and took it to another shop, where they’ll be on the case Monday morning. The word is I’ll have it back a week from Monday, with a remanufactured (rebuilt) tranny. The report from the shop is that the gears were torn to shreds. I can’t really complain, the vehicle has 113,000 miles on it and a lot of those miles have been along dirt mountain roads. It’s been a good vehicle and has never left me on the side of the road, despite some close calls.

The wife is heading to the cabin today with her mother. We rented a midsized car for the week so she wouldn’t have to cancel her trip. The rental agency near the house gave us a Ford Focus that looked and ran like it had been seriously abused, and we asked to swap it out with something else. Problem solved. The Chevy Impala she now has is quite suitable for her needs. Can’t have a rental car breaking down on the highway while transporting Trudy’s 93 year old mother.

Thus the adventures in Auto-World this week. We should be back to normal in a week or so and I can get back to Northern Colorado to finish off the moose photography season.

Happy thought inventory.

A bachelor week coming up. Just me and the dogs.

Chemicals in the hot-tub have been checked and it’s ready for me to spend a few nights soaking beneath the stars.

Liking the new Lexus, glad we have a new car in the garage. That should cut down on the repair bills for a while.

Slacker status.

No slackers encountered today. I’m seeing a bit of a shift in public attitude about the severity and reality of the Pandemic. Can’t wish it away and delusional thinking doesn’t solve any problems.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.