Craigslist Posting…just had to share.

As you all know, the wife and I are down to one vehicle and we are looking for another. We are hoping to buy a new car tomorrow from a little dealership not too far from our place. But, that hasn’t stopped me from looking around for a good deal.

So, looking for that good deal I decided to check out Craigslist. From what I have heard, there are some really good cars available from the locals that post on there. Don’t belive me? Check out this beauty…

1984 Toyota 4spd manual truck LOW miles! – $1000 (Candler)


Date: 2009-10-14, 6:22PM EDT


 1984 4cyl, 4speed manual with only 57,000 miles! Those ARE the original miles as it was a hardly driven mini motorhome before it became a truck. It has a real dually rear end (it had a “fake” one when I bought it, replaced after I learned the fake second tire can shear off on the highway and cause an accident) so it can support some weight. This would make an excellent yard-work truck (easy to get in and out of!) if you built a ramp up the back. Or easily converted into a flat bed truck, or you could even start to build up your own motorhome! Drive it as is or make changes! It’s up to you, be creative! But this is an extremely reliable vehicle! Clean title.

The clutch slave cylinder was recently replaced and it’s had a good carb cleaning in the last year. Probably in need of an oil change but the spark plugs and dist. cap are less than a year old. Tires have decent tread. This little “beauty” starts up every time, even after it sat for four months without being turned over. This truck will run FOREVER and with the miles and the price, it can’t be beat! Ready to drive home now!
I’m up for partial or full trades as well, for a car (subaru or toyota or something with equal dependability), scooter, or motorcycle.
Email me if you’re interested or have any questions!

Oh yeah, the headlight needs to be replaced, but the boot is stuck on the old one. I have a replacement headlight AND this truck comes with the Haynes repair manual for it 😉

  • Location: Candler
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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Now, is that not a dream?

Yeah, that’s what I thought too! I think that I am going to rush right out and buy it up. I mean, after all, I can build a ramp for the back of it. Or…or, I can build up my very own motorhome!

Hope you all enjoyed this one as much as what the wife and I did.

Until next time, my friends…

***UPDATE: AS OF TODAY (10/19/09) THIS BEAUTY IS NOW “PRICED TO SELL” AT $500.00. I THINK THAT I BETTER HURRY AND SNAG IT UP!!!

A little lost

It will be a week on Saturday that the wife and I had to turn over the van we were leasing. Now that we are down to only one vehicle, it really sucks! To be honest, I am a little lost. I know that I hardly ever went anywhere before, but if I wanted to I could. Now, that is really not an option.

Now I have to rely on a co-worker to get me to and from work. Not the most pleasant feeling in the world. I really don’t like relying on others to get me where I need to be. I am grateful that this friend of mine is willing to help me out. And, so far, they have proved to be trustworthy. However, I hate being dependant on others.

It really sucks because the wife gets out of work three hours after me, at least. Plus, when she gets out of work the banks and Doctor’s offices are closed. Which means that any and all appointments (like the ones that I have to set up for my daughters) have to be made strategically. Then I have to hope that my friend will be willing to take me to the wife’s work to get the car. Then I have to hope that the appointment will be done in time to pick the wife up from work when she gets out. To me, this is just one big cluster, you know?

I am hoping to be able to buy a decent, yet not-too-expensive vehicle in about a month. I am not 100% sure how we are going to do it, but if everything works out the way I have planned, and am hoping it does, we should have enough to get a decent vehicle.

I talked to my boss a little bit today about the possibility of me working later everyday in order to save up some money quicker. I’m not sure if she will be able to get the approval from the BIG BOSSES on that one though. The only problem with that will really be if there are any appointments getting scheduled, or that ARE ALREADY scheduled.

The more that I think about all of this, the more lost I feel. I just hope that we will be able to find our way, real soon.

Until next time, my friends…

What’s there to be worried about?

So, today was just one of those day’s. I don’t know if there was a lot weighing on my subconscious, or what it was. At work I made a major, major mess up. One of the easiest parts of my job, making sure the operator’s are using the right ink for the labels they are printing, and I mess it up. Major FAIL! on my part. Fortunately it was found before the jobs were completed and sent out to the customer, so we were able to fix the problem. But still, that was something that I should have noticed right away, at least on four instances!

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Today my wife had her second “working interview.” I guess that it went alright, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that she will be offered the position in the next couple days. Especially since the other job she interviewed for a couple weeks ago was offered to someone else. Not that I want her to work, because I would rather she didn’t have to. But, life will be so much better with a second income coming in. We will just have to wait and see what happens. We are confident that she will be offered the position by the end of the week.

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Tomorrow I go and see what the results of the CT-scan are. I am hoping to finally find out what the issues are that are causing me so much pain (not constant pain, but pain nonetheless). It will be a relief to finally have an answer to my questions, but at the same time, I am a little worried about what the results will be. I hope that it will be something simple to fix. But, at the same time, I am fearing the worst.

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Next week, a week from tomorrow to be exact, the children start their new school. I know that they are a little scared, but I also know that they will be fine. My oldest finally got to talk to a future classmate of hers on the phone today. I have only been trying for the past few weeks to get them to meet (unsuccessfully, obviously). But, they got to talk on the phone and my daughter seems to like this girl after their first (hour-plus long) conversation. It is just too bad that the younger two daughter’s have not been able to meet some future classmates.

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By the end of the month we will probably be down to only one vehicle as our lease on our van is up. If we are not able to get refinanced then we have to turn it back over. The only problem that I see with the situation is that we will be in a bind for the both of us to get to and from work until we can afford to buy a second vehicle. I guess, if we will be down to one vehicle, I can check with a co-worker about catching a ride to and from with them. Not sure how they would feel about it, but it is an option (pretty much the only option) for now.

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So, really, what all is there to be worried about? Although there is a lot here that I have mentioned, really there is nothing. All I can do, all I will do, is just take everything day-by-day and let everything come as it may. For pretty much everything that I have talked about I will be giving updates as soon as I know what is going on. Wish me luck on finding out my result. Wish my wife luck on becoming one of the newly employed. Wish my daughters luck on beginning a new year in a new school. And wish my family luck on, hopefully, continuing to be a two-vehicle family. Honestly, there is nothing to worry about. At least not on my end.

Until next time, my friends…

Saying Goodbye!

First things first. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Everyone that partied hard, I hope that you were all safe, and are all recovering well. For those of you that did not party hard, I hope that you all had an exciting and enjoyable day yesterday.

On to the story…

As you all know I moved my family down to Asheville to be with me this past week. All things considered, everything went very well. Packing and loading the moving truck was a little frustrating at times, tempers flared (especially with the children, and the wife dealing with the children), but everything got loaded and unloaded without anyone getting killed – now that is a good thing! 😉

Last Tuesday was our last night in Muskegon, and let me tell you, it was an emotional one. Before we headed out to my parents house for the night, we made a stop by my wife’s Niece’s house – mainly so that she could cut my hair one last time – and to say our goodbye’s. This stop was really emotional for my wife, kids, and her niece since they have been really close for the past couple, few years now. I really hope that she is able to find someone that she can count on to help her out with her son, the way that my wife was able to be there for her.

After the long goodbye, and the tears falling and soaking the shirts, we get in the car for one last, and little less emotional, stop off to my friends house. I had to make sure that I stopped off to see him since I had a little piece of our history that I wanted to leave with him (not gonna go into what it is since we could both get in trouble for it…lol). Since I was already emotional from the previous stop, I could not contain my emotions when I gave my friend a hug to say goodbye. Even though we have not been able to hang out much over the past few years, we knew that we were still there for each other, no matter what!

Tuesday was a very, very emotional day for the family. We were saying goodbye not only to our friends and family, we were saying goodbye to our first real family home. The one that we worked so hard to purchase, and the life that we worked so hard to have. Allbeit, it was not the best home to live in, it was still our HOME for the past five years.

Wednesday was travel day. The day that we said goodbye to the State of Michigan. The first day of a new beginning, the start of a new life, and the day that all that troubled us in the past was virtually, to me, left behind. It was the day for the clean slate, the day we hit the restart button, the day we finally got our “do over.”

The trip itself wasn’t too bad. We couldn’t have really asked for better weather. I rained a little here and there, but for the most part, it was a good day for travel. It took us about 17 1/2 hours to get from Muskegon to Asheville, but we were only doing about 65 mph the whole way (I was driving a 26 ft U-Haul truck. Wasn’t trying to drive too fast…lol), and we were stuck in a traffic jam for about 1 1/2 hours in Cincinnati cause a truck hauling paint busted open. Other than that, it was a good trip.

The past couple days were pretty good. Sun was shining (which made unpacking that much easier!), and it wasn’t too hot out during the day. We were able to unload the entire truck in about 5-6 hours and return that beast to the local U-Haul station (thank God! Since the damn thing was too big to fit in my driveway, and was taking up too much room in the turn-around on our street!). Of course, we still have boxes to unpack. But, the big and important things are unpacked and available for use.

Today was the most emotional day for me by far. Today was the day that I said goodbye to my parents. They came down with us so, thankfully, we had someone to help us with the move on this end. But, this morning we had to say goodbye. As my wife and I were watching them drive away, all I could think and say to myself (I did not dare to say it out loud) was “Now, we are officially on our own!” Even though I did not have the best relationship with my parents, I always knew that I could count on them for anything that I might need. But now, they will only be able to help from afar.

Although my wife and daughters are here with me now, knowing that we are alone and on our own, no family to help in that time of need, scares the shit out of me! Eventually the fear and emotions will subside. The tears will dry. And the overall comfort will set in. But, until then, I can honestly say that I will miss the hell out of the loved ones I had to leave behind.

Sorry this is such a long post today, but I had to get it all out. Thank you, my friends, for being here to virtually listen to me. It does mean a lot. 🙂

Until next time, my friends…

TMI Thursday: The Chocolate Honey Bun

It’s TMI Thursday
***Alright, folks, you know the rules. Join us all in humiliating the crap out of yourself every Thursday by sharing some completely tasteless, wholly unclassy, “how many readers can I estrange THIS week??” TMI story about your life. Or hell,bout someone else’s! (via LiLu)

TMI Thursday

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Last October I was heading to Cincinnati to see my wife and children for the first time in a month. Prior to the trip I bought a new Garmon GPS system so that I wouldn’t get lost. After all, I was still new to the area and I didn’t want to have to continuously look at a map while driving…yeah, I’m lazy like that! 🙂

I set the GPS to get me to Cincinnati in the quickest way possible. Of course, the GPS system decided that it has jokes, and instead of taking me straight to US-75, it was going to take me the back way (up I-81, I believe). No problem, I thought…but then I started to run into construction, and traffic back ups, and heavy rain! This was not the fastest way!

Any-who…I decided to stop off and get some lunch. Not quite sure where I was, but I’m sure that I seen a movie about the place. You know, where the car breaks down and by the end of the movie the travelers are dead! Yeah, that kind of a town!

So, I’m all fed, and I continue on with my trip. Finally I make it to US-75. After being stuck in the traffic jams, eating, drinking my thermos of coffee and the soda I had with my lunch, I am in need of using the bathroom. I find this nice gas station, somewhere in Kentucky shortly after I got off one of the back-road “highways” (I think it was E-25, or something like that).

After I relieve myself – and feel lighter, regain the white in my eyes from the slight yellow that took over (from having to pee people! my eyes really did not turn yellow, gosh!), all the benefits of an empty bladder that was once overflowing (or so it seemed)! – I decided that I would buy a soda for the remainder of the ride.

On my way to the counter, walking through the snack isle, that is when I seen them! One of my “downfalls” when it comes to junk food. I seen the Honey Buns, and they had the Chocolate Honey Buns too (BONUS!). So, I snag one up as I am walking by.

I pay for my items and head out to the car to continue on with my trip. Even though I had just recently ate, my mouth is watering thinking about how good this Chocolate Honey Bun is going to taste! I get everything situated, grab up the Honey Bun, open the wrapper, start raising it up to my mouth, and that’s when I seen it… MOLD!

The damn thing was so old, the entire back of it was covered in mold, or so it seemed. I’m telling you, I came this close to losing my lunch that I had just eaten. I was so glad that I opened it prior to leaving the parking lot of the gas station! And, that I happened to see it before taking that first bite!

Still, to this day, I have to hold back from letting loose when I think about it. I do still buy Honey Buns – they are still one of the best junk food items, in my opinion – but, now I always look at the package before buying, or opening it, just to make sure.