Essentially, the cable connecting the speed sensor to the transmission had been severed, which was causing acceleration problems and holding the car in third gear. Apparently the location and neatness of the break make it unlikely that it was an accident. First they suggested that somebody sabotaged my car, then they wondered if I had done it myself. The damned thing happened while I was driving. I rather doubt that somebody stealthily crept up to my car, opened the hood, wedged himself into an uncomfortable position, and snipped the cable while I was driving down the interstate.
Anyway, the repair was not terribly expensive, but I tacked onto it a couple of other things that needed to be done sooner or later, preferably sooner. That jacked the price up quite a bit, but I opted to do them because it's less hassle to do it at once than it is to schedule multiple appointments. I find it somewhat depressing that my car has so much control over my schedule.
Last night's offBeat show was a good one. I had no energy because I've been getting 4-5 hours of sleep for the last week for no reason at all (in italics to punctuate my own idiocy in this matter). Everybody else made up for my lack of bounciness, however (not that I can ever be described as "bouncy" (well, not anymore, anyway)), and we gave a good show. The restaurant was having a banquet in their main dining area, so we were relegated to the bar. A local chapter of the Red Hat Society (do they even have formal chapters?) came to see us and quickly filled up the tables, so my friends and family sat at the actual bar. I think they had a good time. inle_the_rabbit, mlitiagrl, poriginal, and defaultlisa showed up, and they all think we should do The Internet is For Porn from the Avenue Q soundtrack. This has been discussed in the past at offBeat practices, but the likelihood of it actually happening is slim.
Speaking of songs we could do but won't, I wonder if the group would be interested in doing something by ELO, specifically Tightrope or Do Ya? I'm guessing that the answers are "no" and "probably not," respectively. Those familiar with these songs may be skeptical about their feasibility as a cappella arrangements, but I would remind you that offBeat also sings You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer. Mercifully, it was accidentally left off last night's setlist. Merciful for me, I mean. I've never liked that song.
I mention ELO because I'm listening to an ELO box set this morning, and I'm finding myself impressed by the non-disco half of their oeuvre. How has it taken me so long to fall in love with this music? Oh, that's right. ELO is one of those bands that released all their worst songs as singles.
And now, some extremely predictable quiz results:
You scored 100%!
|Congratulations! You came from behind to prove that you are in fact the ultimate leader!|
|My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Rocky Horror Lyrics Test written by Fuzzypython327 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test|
|You are a Black Coffee|
At your best, you are: low maintenance, friendly, and adaptable
At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty
You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it
Your caffeine addiction level: high
Interestingly, picking the next best answer to the first question would have yielded espresso. I don't drink espresso because it's not as ubiquitous or inexpensive as black coffee. Additionally, I learned the other day (thanks to my Fact or Crap™ desk calendar) that an espresso has less caffeine than a cup of regular coffee because the standard serving is so much smaller.