Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Cars and Coffee (or steamed milk for me)

Today my car is in the shop. It's there often. Not so much for fixing broken things, but more for maintenance. By sticking to the schedule my car maker so lovingly put together for me (every 10k miles) and driving a 100 mile a day commute, my car is costing me more then it should. Even though I'm trying to take the train more and more, the miles still seem to add up quickly.

Oh sure, it has never broken down, and it gets great mileage for a 9 year old car (still getting at least 33mpg), this maintenance is killing my budget (if I theoretically was organized enough to have one). I suppose the servicing may be why it has continued to run so well, but at the same time I'm probably stupid to be continuing to bring it to a dealer service center to pay their inflated prices. Maybe I'll GET it washed today too, since I'm already throwing money at it.

So today I am working from a Starbucks a few blocks from the dealer. Sadly, there is only one non-big-name cafe in downtown Walnut Creek and they have terribly uncomfortable chairs. I sat there for 5 hours the last time, and my back just wouldn't let me do it again. I walked by it and it was dead empty. Kind of sad. They have tons of power outlets though, so if the crowded Starbucks I'm in gets too much for me to handle, I may wander down there for a few hours.

Perhaps a tour of all of the Starbucks (4 total), Barnes and Noble, Pete's, Saxby's is in order for today. There's nothing like a change of scenery to make the day go by.


Laura said...

Hey you! Happy New Year! I am spending a lot time making days go by by checking out a lot of new stores and the like around here. It's fun and disconcerting...all at the same time.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Especially making the day go by by having lunch with me (yay) and then a little window shopping. :)

Starshine said...

Ooo. Fun! A coffee shop tour of WC!

C said...

Just popping by to say HELLOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I miss you, Cherry! I will try to pop by everyone's blogs when I have a spare minute at the hospital in between feeding the baby. Hopefully soon we can take the baby home and then I can have my laptop in bed with me...Wishful thinking?? LOL!

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Anonymous said...

You should have called me - I would have come out to keep you company (aka bug you while you try to work) - Amy

LynnDenise said...

I'm jealous that you have a Saxby's nearby. The one near me closed a few months ago.