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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Walking on Sunshine

Well, the sun is shining, and I couldn't be happier. My car needed a Smog check so I stopped on my way to work. The first time I tried to get it smogged, it failed because the Service Engine Soon light was on. This light comes on periodically and we've long since determined there's nothing actually wrong, but it always throws the same code, and we've fixed everything short of replacing all of the car's electrical. It's clearly some sort of weird electrical problem because the SES light seems to come on about the same time that the driver's side window stops rolling down. In this particular era of Saturn cars, electrical issues are a consistent complaint. So I mostly just ignore the light unless it's flashing (which means something else bad is happening). It never flashes. It just comes on for a week or two, and then goes off again. So when I took it for a Smog check the first time, I never thought about it, but even though I passed by all the Smog metrics, the state failed it for having this warning light on. Grr.

Fast forward a month. I needed to get my registration done this week, so I've been keeping an eye on the light, waiting for an opportunity. With no carpool buddy this morning, I was leaving the house later, and noticed the SES light was off again (and it was during the business hours of the Smog check places!!). So I raced over to the Smog check place and spent a half hour or so getting checked. It passed with flying colors. Sure, this made me late for work, but just so darned happy I could squeak. I got back in the car to find the start of 10@10. After twenty some-odd days of rain, we've got a bona fide sunny day, so KFOG was celebrating with a "Hello Sunshine!" set.

So there's me, cruising down 280, singing along, "I'm walking on sunshine, baby, yeah!"


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