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My AT&T mobile coverage is ridiculous in Los Angeles (more specifically, the San Fernando Valley).* And lately, it has gotten even worse: I can’t make/receive most calls, and almost every call is dropped. I try not to be full of rage, but sometimes…well, sometimes I’d like to throw my phone into and endless body of water. Or against the wall.

I think I’ve found a coping mechanism in While not as satisfying as smashing the phone into bits, it’s a more healthy place to direct my cell rage. To report a bad coverage area, just type in an address, zip, or city, zoom on the map, and double click. I added dead AT&T zones at my office, home, and church – the three places where I spend all my time (besides the gym, where coverage is also spotty). Isn’t that just lovely? Please – if you do call me, make sure you leave a voicemail. Otherwise my phone will not show that I have a missed call. For all I know, I could be missing countless calls from hot guys who can’t wait to take me out – although I’m not really worried about that. If they want me bad enough, they’ll IM me. Or email me. Or at the very least, facebook stalk me.

I’m holding onto that small chance that someone at AT&T will actually care enough to check and fix their coverage problems. A girl can dream.

*I use AT&T because my family and I are on a plan together. Unfortunately for me, AT&T seems to work just fine in Dallas. I realize that the problem could be compounded by my 2 1/2 year-old-phone, which is another issue entirely.

I budgeted, crunched numbers (ok maybe Aaron did that), weighed all the options, applied for financing for a new car, stressed out about it, and FINALLY decided to repair my transmission. I can’t afford a new car.

But the good news is that I talked my mechanic into giving me a 1-year warranty on a used transmission for $1200. (Hopefully I can still sell it for a little more down the road.)

The Betsy-mobile lives on…

But not in the way that you think.

It died on me 5 times tonight. Once because of my wrong doing (oops, left the lights on), but the other times because…well…it just does that sometimes. It is currently dead and will not start again. Neighbors helped me push it in to my parking spot. I was so close to making it home, too! Now I am in possession of two broken cars. My track record is not good.

A damsel in distress in a borrowed 85 Mustang Convertible brings the boys to the yard…

Hey! Check it out! LA IS NUMBER ONE!

…for traffic congestion. boooo!

Now tell me something I DON’T know from experience.

(A belated thanks to Tyler for the link.)

I’ve had a few angels in my life who are carrying me through some stressful decision making. This is a shout to:

Tyler Smith (for ALL your help)
Amanda Morehead (for being there at a moment’s notice and lending me a car!)
Aaron Long (for being my nerdy little pocket loan calculator)
Patrick McNeely (who I haven’t even met in person yet!)
My lifegroup at Rocky Peak
Mom & Don
Ed, my generous mechanic (for babysitting my car while I make a decision)


It’s a jingle you just can’t escape (in LA), and I think I’m going to pay them a visit tomorrow. I want to test drive one of their lower priced Hyundais. While it’s foreign – earmuffs (blindfolds?!?) all my union working Ford Plant family members – Hyundai has the best warranty (10 years / 100,000 miles), and their cars are cheap.

My transmission went out, and rather than putting another $2000 into my 10-11 year old car, I think it’s best to start looking at new(er) cars. I’m by no means in an ideal or even remotely ideal position to purchase a car and commit to monthly payments. In fact, I have no idea how I’m going to do it. I’ve sought advice, but all I’ve gotten is conflicting opinions:

Mechanic: Fix the transmission, sell the car later and make your $2000 back

Dad: you won’t get 2000 for your car, so buy a cheap, foreign car like a Kia so you have the 10 year / 100,000 mi warranty

Mom: buy a newer, used car, or buy a Ford Focus

Friends: try Carmax

Aunt: buy American

Friends: buy foreign

Boss: lease

Dad: never lease, you’re throwing your money away, and don’t buy another used car

AHHHHHH. It’s enough to make my head spin. Not to mention that I’m so strapped right now! I never wanted to have to go through this alone, yet here I am, sans car expert to help me with this major life purchase/decision. Ugh.

It’s raining tonight in LA.

I can’t drive at night, I can’t drive in the rain, and I REALLY can’t drive at night when it’s raining. To be embarrassingly honest, I’m a HAZARD. So what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have the luxury of a personal driver? (A: Pray. Drive. Swerve. Yikes. There’s the lane. Whew. That was close. Pray Drive. Repeat…)

Don’t even get me started on snow, cuz then I’d have to tell you all about that time I hit a patch of invisible “drift snow,” and skidded out into the middle of a frozen cornfield (and that is why I no longer live in Indiana).

My mom thinks I need glasses for driving at night. I told her I doubt that an eye doc would prescribe me “night vision goggles.” But what a fun picture that would make.


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