Oh dear God, you know how people say, “Don’t say what else could go wrong?” Well, My husband and I screwed up and asked that….
What started out as a desire to get away to Philly for a few nights without the kiddo and be a couple again turned out to be an utter disaster with major financial repercussions for us. Our first day there was great- went to Ikea, bought some cool stuff- (fabric, of course, some pillows and covers for pillows, and some other knick nacks for the house). We had dinner at the Cheescake Factory and then spent the night at the Hyatt- in King of Prussia. Beautiful hotel, wonderful bed and a decent breakfast- except I came down with a nasty cold. The next morning we got up and started driving into Philly to visit Fabric Row I thought it would be this nice easy drive- yeah right. I ended up having to take all these back roads to get there and avoid the parking lot on route 76. The whole way there my car started making this banging noise. But I kept driving and eventually got us into the Headhouse District. At one point a guy riding a bicycle hit my side view mirror and almost broke it off. That should have been my sign…
We parked our car in a park and lock and proceeded to tour Fabric Row- yikes! Most of the stores were cramped, outdated, overpriced and in poor condition. Many of the floors were literally squishy and unsafe to walk on.
The picture above says it all. My poor husband spent all morning on his phone as I squeezed myself in between all the racks of fabric. I did find some interesting things to buy- more on that in a later post. I even found a store that supplies quite a bit of trims to the people who make the Mummer’s costumes- (check ‘em out- they’re pretty wild!) eventually we had some lunch- I emptied my pockets of the thousand tissues I used, and we made our way back to the car. At that point, our misery began.
I found my car parked and blocking several cars. I put the key in the ignition, and it wouldn’t start. I knew at that point that things were about to get very, very bad. We ended calling a tow truck, (Mike’s Towing Service) and they came and picked us up.
After dropping us off at a Firestone Automotive Shop on a Saturday evening no less, the manager of the store promised to help us out. He thought it might be a bad alternator. Ok, I can deal with that, I thought. The manager took pity on us and drove us to a local hotel- a nasty Hilton in Bala Cynwyd- yuck, and overpriced. We walked around, had dinner at the Olive Garden and bought more cold meds and tissues. Trevor now had my cold at this point to make matters worse.
The next morning we checked out of the hotel and got the awful news that there was more wrong with the car then Firestone could fix. At this point I called Mike’s towing again and got my car towed to Wilkes Barre from Philly. The Firestone Manager picked us up and took us back to Firestone. Fyi- a tow from Philly to Wilkes Barre cost over $500. Then I scrambled and got a cab to the Philly airport so we could get a rental car- that cab trip was $70. The rental car was $200. Let’s just say we couldn’t get out of Philly fast enough…
Once we got home and everything settled, it turned out that the previous owner never did any of the scheduled maintenance on the car- like change the timing belt. So the timing belt blew and burned out my engine. The entire head had to be machined and replaced. It wasn’t cheap- over $2000 to get it fixed. Moral of the story- don’t buy a used car and don’t go to Philly’s Fabric Row!
The only good thing to come out of that trip was this picture of my three handmade bags…
So, things have been a little bad for us. Oh yeah- my Ipad doesn’t work anymore either. That’s why I haven’t been posting to my blog for the month- that and trying to hustle money.