July 05, 2005

Coincidence? I Think Not

SO DIG THIS -- a line of thunderstorms is presently over Syracuse, N.Y., and heading towards New England. Also at present, the driver's side front window of my 1997 Ford Taurus is stuck in the down position.

It is not the first time this has happened to me -- the last time was on April 6 -- but the trouble is the remedy. Namely, there isn't one. You see, the last time I took it to the repair shop, the problem "fixed itself" and the mechanics could find nothing wrong with it. This was at the best shop in the city of Manchester too.

This time around, I've only had recourse to Google, and the suggestions I've found on there don't seem too helpful. Kicking the door in the area of the power motor might feel kind of good, but I don't think it's going to solve the problem.

Anyway, I don't know what this latest trouble signifies, or if it signifies anything at all. Certainly, the combination of my recent surgery and this latest drama doesn't bode well for the future -- after all, these types of things happen in threes, right? But then again, perhaps my Taurus got a signal from Detroit -- for just as I was cursing over my window's malfunction, this press release went over the wires.

Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at July 5, 2005 06:56 PM | TrackBack

Well, Ben, you know what they say: When God closes a door, He opens a window. In this case, I guess that's tough luck for you! :-)

Uncle Dave

Posted by: Dave Kepple at July 5, 2005 10:41 PM

As your attorney, I advise you to stop putting your window down!

Posted by: Jesse at July 5, 2005 11:36 PM

This was a bad week to quit using the nicotine patch!

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at July 5, 2005 11:55 PM

It's great to see you receiving all the support you are getting from family and friends at your time of (car) trouble.

Posted by: Swammi in Solon at July 6, 2005 04:59 PM


I too am having car trouble: first, the AC just went, I need brakes, and my clutch is going. I may need a new car....I was really hoping to get to 200K. We'll see....I'm getting an estimate soon.

Loyal reader Mike's window fell down two weeks ago and wouldn't roll back up. What is this? I'm never buying a non Japanese car again. Best resale value, most reliable. Ugggghhh....

Posted by: simon from jersey at July 7, 2005 10:00 AM


You are not alone. My CD player is jammed and I can't get anything in or out, nor can I play any of the ones that ARE in there.

Maybe you can put up a makeshift window with all the leftover duct tape and plastic sheeting you have from 2002. :-)


Posted by: Matthew S. Schwartz at July 7, 2005 10:13 AM

Simon: how many miles do you have on the VW now? Best of luck on the repairs. Sorry to hear about Mike's car -- as I can attest, that is Not Fun. However, my window suddenly fixed itself again. Thank. God.

Matt: The CD player in my car is broken as well: it's this funky trunk-loaded system and it never worked well. That said, I saved the Taurus from what was practically a monsoon using Scotch tape and garbage bags. I rule.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at July 7, 2005 08:49 PM


Your lament puts me in mind of a great song by the Bard of Hibbing, Mr. Bob Dylan -- "Everything is Broken":

Broken lines, broken strings,
Broken threads, broken springs,
Broken idols, broken heads,
People sleeping in broken beds.
Ain't no use jiving
Ain't no use joking
Everything is broken.

Broken bottles, broken plates,
Broken switches, broken gates,
Broken dishes, broken parts,
Streets are filled with broken hearts.
Broken words never meant to be spoken,
Everything is broken.

Bridge: Seem like every time you stop and turn around
Something else just hit the ground

Broken cutters, broken saws,
Broken buckles, broken laws,
Broken bodies, broken bones,
Broken voices on broken phones.
Take a deep breath, feel like you're chokin',
Everything is broken.

Bridge: Every time you leave and go off someplace
Things fall to pieces in my face

Broken hands on broken ploughs,
Broken treaties, broken vows,
Broken pipes, broken tools,
People bending broken rules.
Hound dog howling, bull frog croaking,
Everything is broken.

Uncle Dave

Posted by: Dave Kepple at July 8, 2005 09:01 AM

Uncle Dave: Whoa. That's hard-core depressing. I'll remember that for when the transmission finally falls out!

My only quibble would be that my car window started working again on its own. Ergo: I don't believe in Zimmerman, I just believe in me.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at July 8, 2005 10:49 AM

Strangely, the AC in the VW started working again entirely on its own. What the Farfignugen?

Posted by: simon from jersey at July 11, 2005 10:32 AM