I hope the animal rights people don’t come after me

Ok Natalie this is for you.

Yesterday I did my cliffhanger thing and ended a post saying something really cool was in the works for today, and Natalie wasn’t too happy with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

So when I went blind, I had this cute little 93 Honda Civic, white, moon roof, 5-speed, stereo with detachable face plate. I loved that car. Grandma had bought it for me when I was about 6 months sober, replacing my old 68 Chevy Impala, not the cool kind, the 4 door huge clunker kind.

My little Honda and I went everywhere together and I named her Serenity. I drove that car to Prescott and Phoenix and all over town. So when I went blind, one of the hardest things was not driving that car.

After I accepted that the blindness was permanent, I knew I needed to sell the car. The task was so daunting, as I didn’t want to run an add and have strangers showing up. Georgie looked up the blue book about this time last year, entering in that it would need tires and probably hoeses and such, since it was sitting. Blue book said it was worth $2,300. Grandma had bought it for $4000 in excellent condition.

So the maintenence guy told me he was interested in the car, and he wanted to give me $500 for it. Ha! Yeah, no. So I didn’t sell it to him.

B had driven it when his alternator died, and it was fine, then the battery died, but it was working for him until he got his alternator fixed.

Fast forward to now. I’ve decided to study braille at home now that I know grade 1, because I don’t like having someone else’s schedule be reliant upon mine when I’m having a bad day. So I was talking to Carin in email about how I want to buy a braille writer, and she did her investigatory thing, and found a guy selling his hardly used Perkins braille writer.

Then, B found a note on my car, someone saying she’s interested in the car if I’m selling it, she’ll buy it as is. So I call her and we make plans to meet today.

So that was the cliffhanger deal yesterday. I’m like, whoa! I had been emailing with the brailler guy and told him I wouldn’t be able to buy it until after Christmas, then it was looking like I might just sell the car today. I told her it had been sitting for awhile, she said she’s been saving up money to buy a car for her sister who just got out of a bad marriage, their aunt will help them put work into the car, and she has $700 cash. I’m like, cool. Easy peazy. I can buy that writer, a nice girl gets a car that needs some work, I’m done with the whole thing.

So she comes today with her sister and her mechanic neighbor guy. We’re all standing around, the guy opens the hood, the girls start screaming and running, the guys go OH MY GOD!! and I’m like what! What!! What is it!!??

Pack rat. Huge packrat. They said he looked up, eyes got huge and then he scurried off, leaving his mansion behind in my car.

Everyone is in shock, kinda nervously giggling. B is exclaiming that he’s never seen anything like it. The guy is going, man, thats a house!

He gets a stick and starts poking around and I could hear stuff falling. Falling falling, out of my car. He gets a majority of the crud away and takes a closer look.

Oh man, holy crap, oh geez, come on, oh no not the computer, oh man the clutch lines oooh not that part, damn rat you just had to eat the important stuff, oh where’s that rat I want to shoot him!

The girls are exclaiming, B is laughing, I’m laughing and I say, well, its definitely not worth blue book…

So basically the car is toast. He gets on the phone with another mechanic friend and the mechanic friend tells him to run away. He says donated cars with pack rat damage get ignored and left to rot. Mechanics won’t touch them. Dude here says yeah man, but she really needs this car.

He gets off the phone and tells us what we already knew. Car is toast. Not worth a penny. They still want it though. He says it’ll take a lot of money and a lot of time, but he can make it run again, whereas if I donate it, it’ll sit and rot.

My Serenity wasn’t meant to rot. So I gave them the car.

I was worried about what Grandma would say, so I agonized in calling her. I told her packrats ate the whole car, but they took it anyway. She says, you didn’t get anything for it? I say no. She says, yeah I didn’t think so. Phew. She wasn’t mad.

So, the braille writer will wait until Christmas, and I demolished the poor pack rat’s home. Well, I didn’t demolish it, dude did.

I feel totally fine with it. I thought I’d be sad, seeing it go, because it was kinda the last thing from the old sighted life. But I didn’t feel sad at all. I’m sad the rat killed it, but dude swore he can make it work someday. So hopefully she’ll ride again, and I’m trading her in for 4 legs and a tail ๐Ÿ˜‰

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16 Responses to I hope the animal rights people don’t come after me

  1. Oh goodness what a story! A rat?! Yikes! I had a pet rat once, he was awesome, but a wild one, don’t think I’d like that. That’s great that you’ve found a braille writer too! Very cool!

  2. Ro

    Pet rats are cool. Pack rats are evil evil evil haha!

    Yeah I’m really excited to get the braille writer. I think it will really help me learn it. The guy said he’s happy waiting, so even though my car brought be no dough, I can still get the writer for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Haha Ro, you’re so cute… I’m sorry about your car lol. But at least those girls have a chance, maybe lol I’ve never heard of a rat eating a car so I guess you learn something new everyday haha. Well good luck getting your braille writer, its so exciting that you’re actually learning it. Darrell wants nothing to do with Braille. Good luck with all of that. Thanks for the personal blog dedication haha.

  4. Do you believe in Santa Claus? How about miracles? Well I do, and I’m thinking that a miracle will come through for you because you chose to give the car out of the kindness of your heart and I always believe that kindness gets returned to you.
    Nice tail Ro, I mean tale. ๐Ÿ˜‰ t-a-i-l as opposed to t-a-l-e ?? Rat tails? LOL

    jnoi

  5. Ro

    Natalie, here in the desert, pack rats are an issue. They’re actually much cuter than rats, but they are called pack rats, not sure why. They eat just about anything, and they build homes in just about anything. They also carry disease, and I just got really really paranoid and took a shower. If there was any disease though, the damage has been done lol. So I’ll be keeping an eye on me and B for the next few days lol.

    As for braille, I didn’t want anything to do with it either, until I had a really bad allergy attack that affected my hearing. It freaked me out really bad, and I decided then and there that I needed braille, because what happens if my hearing goes? I think its a good skill to have regardless. There’s only so much our computers can do for us, ya know?

  6. Ro

    JayNoi, I absolutely believe in karma haha! Well maybe not so much karma, but how good deeds come back to us. Wuite honestly though, it wasn’t completely selfless. It was a solution to the car issue, and a fairly simple one. Yes, I would have liked to have gotten something for it, but it was the right thing to do. So, my motives weren’t completely selfless, and I actually kinda feel bad for them, I mean, I don’t know. The guy had faith he can get it running, and I truly hope he can.

    Hehe on the tale/tail joke, kinda like my kitty tales posts with the double meaning ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Aww damn. My heart sank when we got to the evil rat part. I soooo wanted the brailler thing to come together fast. Ah well, good things come to those who
    wait. I was amazed how fast I found a lead. It was absolute luck. I’m glad he’s willing to wait. Damn stupid rat. I want to pound him into dust for ruining
    your car and your chance at a quick and easy brailler!

  8. Ro

    Part of me knew it wasn’t going to work out. I don’t know how I knew, but I knew. Thats partly why I didn’t want to post it on Friday. Ah well, I’ll still be able to get it next month. Now all my doubts are setting in, about yesterday, and about brailler man. I’m like, what if I send him the money and I never hear from him again? I hate hate hate doubts.

  9. Do you have Pay Pal? Does he? If you do it through Pay Pal, there’s a resolution center you can use to come after him if god forbid he fucks you over. If he does…I will personally eat him. Keep all the emails where you agree on a price etc. if you’re worried. I don’t know him personally, but he’s been on the list for a while and has helped out a lot…I think his intentions are good. But I understand the doubts and all.

  10. Ro

    I don’t have a paypal account yet, but I need to set one up. That’s definitely an idea. I figure it’ll be fine, especially since you’ve known him on the list for awhile. I just tend to be quite mistrusting. But I think he’s on the up and up.

  11. I do too. But I completely understand your not wanting to trust him right off. I’d rather someone be wary than naive. I don’t know if he has EBay or anything, otherwise I’d say get someone to check his feedback if that would be consolation.

  12. Ro

    Yes, I am weary to a fault. But its safer that way.

    I had just went to my email and Alex said “nineteen rows added” and there were already eighteen new emails. Holy cow.

  13. Oh wow! I hung onto the car for a while too – don’t have a rat story, though.

  14. Ro

    Becky, I’m glad you don’t have a rat story haha. Hopefully you got something for your car, or someone was at least able to drive it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. I am much older than you are, but can relate in so many ways โ€“ I lost my sight when I was 26, before then a doc had warned if I kept up my bad behavior I wouldnโ€™t live to see my 30th birthday. He was right, in a way, but hey โ€“Iโ€™m still alive, and happy to be so!
    I find your blog so interesting that I nominated it for a โ€œLovely Blogโ€ award, you can read all about that here:
    http://bethfinke.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/lovely-blog-award-my-15-nominees/
    Keep up the good work — Beth

  16. Ro

    Wow! Hi and thank you! For some reason this comment didn’t come to my email, so I’m just lucky I noticed a comment needed to be moderated.

    I’ll go check out that post now, thank you!

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