A week or so ago I wrote in the blog that there were two recalls on our Chrysler Pacifica. One was to download a change in the computer software to fix a flaw in a sending unit, and the other was to replace a seatbelt connector in one of the rear seats. The day before the scheduled appointment I got a call saying that the part for the seatbelt is on a long back order and it may be months before they get it in. So we did the software upgrade and were playing the waiting game.
But magically, a few days after the blog post, I got a call from the assistant service manager at Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram that he had located the part we needed and it should be in within a couple of days. When I talked to them yesterday, they told me the part was in stock and we have an appointment scheduled for Friday afternoon. I guess sometimes the squeaky wheel does get greased.
Actually, I could have taken the van in any day this week to get the work done, but it is about a 40 minute drive each way, and they said to schedule two hours for the work, so that’s going to blow the whole afternoon. And I really want to get my new Big Lake book finished. I am close enough that I think two or three days of hard writing will get the job done, and I want to focus on that right now.
Speaking of books and writing, if Amazon’s Author Rank means anything, this past weekend I was #63 in Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals and #75 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals. I’m rather proud of that, given the number of authors putting out mysteries and thrillers, and I know it’s all because of the support I get from you wonderful readers. I appreciate it very much.
After I announced the winner of our last free drawing in yesterday’s blog, I got an email from someone saying that they have been entering the drawings faithfully every week for months now and still had not been drawn, and asking if there was any way to improve their odds of winning. No, folks, it’s totally a crapshoot. Every Sunday when it comes time to select the winner, I enter the number of entries into random.org and it picks a number. That number is the winner. All I can say is, keep entering. The odds are that sooner or later you’re going to be the lucky one.
I also got an email from a long time reader asking me about the Sears air compressor that we kept in our Winnebago diesel pusher for airing up the motorhome’s tires. Sears no longer sells the unit, but you can buy the exact same thing with a different name on Amazon – the Porter-Cable CMB15 150 PSI compressor. It had no problem at all putting 110 to 115 pounds of pressure in our big tires, and for smaller automobile, truck, and trailer tires, it’s a snap. It’s well worth having one on board. Here’s a hint, ladies. Your husband would probably love one for Christmas.
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Thought For The Day – I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. – Shirley Temple, child actor