Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Journey of the Black Pearl

So as most of you know, via. previous post, I did not start driving till I turned 18. At that point, I did not have a car, but only a few months later, the Lord provided me with the perfect solution to that tiny problem. At that point my goals for buying a car were:
1. $4000 or lower
2. running

As you can see, my list of demands weren't too steep, and the car that I bought was a Black, 1997 Acura Integra, and the best part of the whole deal was that it only cost me $3000, and we bought it directly from our mechanic, who we know and trust. I fell in love with my new baby, and so we had to name it. Kyle's father Troy, came up with the ingenious name of "The Black Pearl", "Pearl" for short. This car is my pride and joy. When I left this summer for a month, I couldn't wait to get home and just drive her. Although she needs to be whipped into submission sometimes by means of repairs and maintenance, she has been a great first car.

So I've made a little "memoir" of her :)

  • When I first got her

  • When we "spiffied" her up with rubbing compound and wax

  • and... the most recent : (

anyone notice something missing? oh yeah, the ENTIRE SUNROOF. 

I was driving home from St. Augustine this previous Sunday, when it sounded like my sunroof had gone back. So I pulled off a few exits later looking to just push it back in place, and oh wait, there was nothing to push back. So I took it to our handy mechanic who gave me an estimate of $456, and that's with a used part. You see, no one will sell you just the window, they will only sell you the whole mechanism, but luckily, our mechanic is one handy man. He told us to just cut some plexy-glass and glue it in with window glue for Under $100! 

Even though this could not have come at a more inconvenient time, and I really can't afford to put down almost $500 on a window, the Lord is still good. Blessing me with a less expensive alternative and people around me to help. 

Just goes to show, that you can always find the "silver lining".

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

If you go to TCC, you'll know what I mean...

TCC-isms : the rules that aren't in the handbook

  1. Upon looking for a computer in the Learning Commons, if you are looking for a computer and they are all taken, generally someone working there will declare "At this time, we are in our peak hour, and the computers are for academic use only" … this does by NO means, mean that the half of the students on facebook will get up and allow you to use the computers to do something of substance, it just means, that they change their tab on the internet, to look at the TCC website, because obviously, merely looking at Blackboard means that it's "academic use"
  2. Unlike High School, when it was nerdy to sit at the front of the classroom, where you risked being called "teacher's pet", it is absolutely, 100% wise to sit as close to the teacher and projector as humanly possible. Not only will you be able to see and hear better, but your teacher will remember you, which could be beneficial, if you know what I mean.
  3. If you get to class on time, miraculously, your seat doesn't get stolen
  4. Ok, so we've all heard "there are no stupid questions". Well, I'm here to tell you that that is a lie, because it is absolutely obnoxious to have to listen someone ask the teacher questions that you were somehow able to answer since birth. Oddly, this is usually the same person, asking the same dumb questions over and over…
  5. If you missed class, please, do not waste everyone else's time who did attend class, by asking the professor to explain something that you missed a certain day, because chances are, the teacher will ask you if you were here for the previous lecture, and then you will respond shamefully with a "no" and he will continue moving forward.
  6. If hunger just happens to occur, "McCormicks" is the best place to eat. BUT, if you are in a hurry, don't bother. Not that the food isn't very quite delicious, it just seems to take eons and eons to be made. I guess because they make everything fresh, which is a plus, but, definitely a downer when you're hungry. But on the bright side, the food is absolutely delish…