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the story of an invisible girl
Driving home, my windshield washer-fluid didn't work. Wait, let me back up here: driving to work, my washer-fluid didn't work. My windshield was so dirty by the time I got into the parking lot, I could barely see to park. I parked (badly), then picked up a handful of snow and cleaned my windshield. Then I re-parked (it really was a very bad parking job), and I brushed off the washer-fluid-ejection-area of the car extra good, hoping that would fix it.

But driving home tonight, it still didn't work. So much for that idea. I figured I was probably out of fluid, stopped at a gas station, and bought some. Then I tried to refill it, and it hardly took any -- seemed to have plenty. Damn! This is fast changing from an annoyance to a real problem. I'm still hoping that it's maybe a bit of ice clogging the works that will be gone by morning, since my car is warm and happy in its (um, unheated) garage....but my hopes are no longer very high. Also, the snow handfuls are not a very convenient means of washing the windshield.

Then I walked in the door and heard the cheerful chirping of my smoke alarm, which has decided it wants its battery changed. Stupid daylight savings time, I can never remember to change the batteries. It was high for me, even standing on a kitchen chair on my toes, but I managed to knock the darn battery free and onto the floor with my fingertips. (Why didn't this happen yesterday, when somebody tall was here?)

Figures, I can't find a replacement, and I'm not going out again. It's too cold out, I'm still somewhat sick, and I'm too...well, "unwilling" is really the best word here. My house will probably burn down tonight. Hopefully my other smoke detectors are still functional, and extra loud.

Oh well, at least work is over, I'm home, and I have leftover matzo ball soup in my fridge to reheat. Hopefully the evening is about to improve!
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 3rd, 2002 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Check to see if the pump in the fluid container is working. You can also try blowing through the hose attached to the container to see if fluid will flow out and make sure the little holes on the nozzles are clean, a pin is useful for that. Glad I don't have to put up with that and it is going to get colder here (40's are predicted for a high this week, maybe as soon as tomorrow); of course just to rub it in, I was walking outside in my short sleeve shirt after 10PM and it was plenty warm enough.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 4th, 2002 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Much to my relief, it started working again this morning without my doing anything more. Hopefully it keeps working!

It's wretchedly cold here, has been all weekend. *sigh*
cannibal From: cannibal Date: December 3rd, 2002 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking you might boil some water and pour it on the nozzles, then try squirting it. Careful tho, don't want to get it on the windshield too much and maybe crack it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 4th, 2002 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I was going to try this, but I forgot to boil water this morning, running late as usual. Fortunately, much to my relieved surprise, the stuff squirted properly when I tried it! Guess the garage was warm enough after all. hopefully it will stay functional....
dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: December 4th, 2002 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Matzo ball soup? Are you Jewish, or like me, are you a gentile who loves Matzo Ball soup? Over the weekend, I went to a Jewish deli with my husband and his family, and I was overjoyed to see it on the menu! Up until then, I'd only ever had my husband's mom's version.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 4th, 2002 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'm a gentile who loves Matzo Ball soup. *grin* It's good stuff, especially good when I have a cold. When I went to NY, I had some awesome matzoball soup at a Kosher deli there!
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