I need a magic pill… bottle [day 25 & 26]

pill-bottle-reuse-recycleI decided to bring my son’s pill bottle back to the pharmacy for a refill.  I had the new prescription, but I certainly didn’t need a new container.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.

When I arrived, I stood in line, not only with the empty pill bottle, but also the little paper bag they put it in.  That’s biodegradable, so I didn’t have to do that.  When I got to the counter, I briefly explained what I was doing and awaited a reply.  The lady working the counter wasn’t sure.  She turned and asked the pharmacist.  He said, “Sure.  We can take the label off and refill it.”  Yes, success!!!  Continue reading

to infiniti and beyond… [day 175]

I decided to take my 14 year old car in to be repaired, as it’s been 5 years since I’ve had any major work done to it.  Of course, I do keep up with the oil changes and regular maintenance items.  My car is old,  and runs wonderfully well.  It’s an Infiniti QX4, a car I’ve had for 10 years now.  I’m not only a fan of their cars, but also their service.  The dealership service usually costs a bit more, but they’ve always been good and honest.  To me, that’s priceless… however it’s still painful when the invoice comes in.

I brought it in for a few reasons, one being to check the oil situation (blogged a couple of days ago after being refused an oil change), the other was the shocks.  Since they’re the originals, I’ve basically gotten 4 lives out of them, but my car on the highway is like riding a wave runner through a wake.  My good friends, sitting in the back seat, decided to rock it back and forth and I thought it was going to flip.   Continue reading

your car is leaking [day 171]

Duh.  My car is 14 years old, of course it has some leaks.  I was refused an oil change yesterday because my car has a few leaks.  This is a first.  I’ve never had this happen before, so I asked about it.

First, he said my car had several leaks, the oil pan, the gasket, the drain, pretty much anything that could leak, is leaking.  At this point, I’m wondering if I should even be driving the car.  He said it’s normal leakage and he doesn’t recommend that I get it fixed, as that would be a waste of money.  The only way I should think about fixing that is if it’s spewing out oil, not just slow leaks.  Umm, seriously?  So if I can’t get an oil change, I should just wait until the oil is gone and the whole engine blows up?

The guy continued on to say that they don’t want to be responsible and I could come back saying it leaks and they caused it.  So this can’t happen with a new car, I guess.  I understand their position, however I’m extremely disappointed.  Yes, my car is very old, but it’s also very paid for and is very good.  This feels like vehicle age discrimination.  I probably take better care of my car than most people, proving somewhat that the preventative maintenance works.

I guess I’ll go the the Infiniti dealer service department.  They have always been great with my vehicle, even though it costs a bit more.  I just don’t have the equipment or desire to do this task myself.