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I've been dreamin', floatin' downstream an' losing touch with all that is real

Posted on 2005.15.10 at 16:06
How I feel about it all: bouncybouncy despite my car's demise
Soundtrack: Aerosmith - Mama Kin
My car is dead. Or at least mortally ill. I'm having it towed to the shop tonight or tomorrow night, and I hope that it's not too bad, but the crunching sound inside when it SUDDENLY STOPPED in the middle of Main street makes me think something is Very Wrong.

Does anyone have any info about how someone with wonky credit can get a decent car? Because I'm afraid that it's going to come to that. I have a ride to work on Monday and Tuesday, and hopefully something can be accomplished before I have to go back again on Thursday.

mijan, I didn't hear from you about today, which is just as well because if I'd been halfway to NH when my car bit the big one, I'd be up the infamous Shit Creek.

I am going to Boston by train tomorrow to meet up with mr_t00by. We'll see MirrorMask, as he hasn't seen it yet and I want to see it again.

Oh, and:

Hippie Kid
41% Tastefulness, 68% Originality, 35% Deliberateness, 13% Sexiness
[Flamboyant Original Random Prissy]

The idea of "good taste" is alien to you because how can one style be
judged better than the other? You are also not the one to follow what
someone has currently decided is "fashionable." To you it's most
important that you feel good in your clothes. You like it if people
notice an interesting detail you're wearing and you have some taste for
extravagance but you don't spend hours composing outfits. This
laid-back attitude leaves you plenty of time for other things in life
and still most people remember a few interesting outfits they saw on
you. I don't know if you wear hippy clothes but perhaps they would
match your philosophy?

The opposite style from yours is Uptown Girl/Boy [Tasteful Conventional Deliberate Sexy].

All the categories: Fashion Enemy Bar Cruiser Kid Next Door Sex Bomb Hippie Kid Fashion Rebel Fashion Artist Catwalk God(ess) Librarian Sporty Hottie Office Master Uptown Girl/ Boy Brainy Student Movie Star Fashionista Glamorous Soul

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 0% on Tastefulness
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You scored higher than 99% on Originality
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You scored higher than 11% on Deliberateness
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You scored higher than 0% on Sexiness
Link: The Fashion Style Test written by mari-e on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

People who know me in RL will agree that this is pretty darned accurate. It's even my hair! And my dream Boyfriend!


The Moonlight Sonata
moonlight69 at 2005-10-15 20:39 (UTC) ()
Does anyone have any info about how someone with wonky credit can get a decent car?

By paying outrageously high interest rates on your loan? Seriously, that's how I got my current car. I was paying 26% at the beginning. :P It was all the way down to 24% by the time I paid it off. Le sigh. And I'll probably be doing it again in a year or two, what with the bankruptcy o'd00m.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-10-15 20:41 (UTC) ()
I may have to do it that way, if I need a car. :/ I may have a cosigner, which could reduce things, I guess.
The Moonlight Sonata
moonlight69 at 2005-10-15 20:44 (UTC) ()
That would likely help, yes. :)

Cars are evil.
robinhoo at 2005-10-15 21:16 (UTC) ()
Well, the car thing certainly does suck. I have no hints & tips to offer, unfortunately, but I can commiserate. Am hoping Orlando, my 1995 Ford Ranger, will survive until the doctorate is finished, but two/three years may be too much to ask from him.

And the quiz. How did this happen? I don't think this even vaguely resembles me; it's even weirder than me getting the "Death" card. Does that mean I have an utterly incorrect vision of my own fashion sensibilities? That could be dangerous! (Also, why do the results of online quizzes bother me when they're not what I expect?)

64% Tastefulness, 56% Originality, 52% Deliberateness, 29% Sexiness
[Tasteful Original Deliberate Prissy]

One is certain: you have great taste and plenty of ideas. You have clearly defined beliefs about what's good and what's bad in fashion but they are far from banal. Stylish and imaginative, you prefer to inspire admiration than to shock and you mostly succeed. Even if sometimes you'd like to have more courage to put on something absolutely outrageous you do great job in creating a unique look that others look up to. There is a possibility that you work in the fashion industry. If you don't, perhaps you should.
petulans at 2005-10-15 21:17 (UTC) ()
Wah! Never having had a car and not being over in the U.S., I'm about as much use as a chocolate-teapot in this situation.

*Offers chocolaty-hugs*
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-10-15 22:13 (UTC) ()
I wish I never had a car. Cars are evil. Except teh VW bugs and busses.

Seriously, I'd take public transportation everywhere and give up my car if I could.
peacey at 2005-10-16 15:46 (UTC) ()
Having worked at a bank for ten long, terrible years, I can say that getting a cosigner is the best way. You avoid the outrageously high interest rates that way.

*yuckycar hugs* So sorry about the car. I've been there, done that and it stinks. I had a Sunbird for a while where the head gasket kept blowing. An expensive pain in the ass.

That sketch is *exactly* how I see you, incidently. Apparently, I'm "Tasteful." Here's me:

Your body is your pride but you are reasonable about showing it. It's just cheap to walk around half-naked only to draw attention, right? Your clothes are well-chosen and probably of good quality, most of them unique, but you don't spend too much time thinking about ways to combine them. Perhaps any way you choose matches well. You always remember that it's you who's most important and not your clothes and people also pay more attention to you than to your outfits. In fact, many would like to see you out of clothes. Ahem.

Tastefulness, 58% Originality, 44% Deliberateness, 59% Sexiness

Eh. Kindasorta on target. Don't know about all these folks wanting to see me out of my clothes though. I'd give 'em all a good laugh, no doubt.

By the by, up to page 193 and gunning for 200 and beyooooond.... Writing that key scene is proving difficult, but most likely because I'm piling on all this pressure to get it just so and am taking my sweet time (read procrastinating) writing it.
sweet_merak at 2005-10-17 02:41 (UTC) ()
My ex-roomie Amy's dad sells used cars, he's in Brockton... My current roomie is car-hunting too, and she's starting with Craigslist...
Psychodelic Barfly
psychobarfly at 2005-10-18 03:40 (UTC) ()
If you can add on a cosigner you may be able to squeak out a slightly lower rate, but they sort of have you by the balls when your credit rating pops up with "approve at: ___%."

I would go with a late-model used car, considering the depreciation the second you drive something brand new off the lot. If you buy from a dealer, like a trade-in or something (this is a good time of year for that, since the suckers buying discounted 05's or new 06's alllll have to trade in their old wheels! :D) they can sometimes hook you up with financing through a credit union, which generally costs less than working with a bank or attempting to find financing yourself when buying from a private person.

Keep your eyes peeled for dealerships offering push, pull or drag in deals, and/or ones that offer to match what you put down.

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