Day Fifty Four… The Millennium Falcon is in the Hospital :(… 07/03/15

Folks… first of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of #pictures… I have been so preoccupied with this disaster, I haven’t been much of a self proclaimed #journalist… No matter what, I should be taking pictures and I will start addressing that problem from this day on…

So, I woke up a 8am and didn’t even brush my teeth before I was out the door… I went straight into #PepBoys and asked about the #MasterTechnician I was told would be there… Well, of course he called in sick today… Jesus! So, no one could help me… I was again on my own and I had 3.3 miles to travel to get to #LakevilleServiceStation… I called before hand and they were happy to look at my dear sweet #BucketOfBolts… I get angry at her for such problems but at the end of the day, I love her… She and this #journey has saved my life… Now it’s time to save hers…

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So, I took off the #EngineCompartmentCover and went to work… I got her running again folks and got her to #idle without any help from me… I think it helped that she had a night to cool down… Now I needed to try and get her 3.3 miles down the road without getting so hot again…

It was a constant battle, with #NewYorkers expressing their anger with #horns and screaming out of their windows… You can’t help but feel the whole #world is against you in situations like these… Thank god for friends like Louis who make you feel significant when the world is handing you a ton of challenges…

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I finally made it there, barely… I was so pissed at myself because I passed it by accident and had to circle around, which is hard when you are driving with one foot on the #gas and the other on the #brake… Good news is she is still running, so that’s not an issue… The #Falcon is just running really rough, like she is misfiring or something… The gentleman inside told me it would take a couple of hours before they could look at it… So he sent me to a local diner down the road called #OmegaDiner&Restaurant…

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It was a good #breakfast… I had two eggs, over easy with bacon, sausage, hash browns and toast… The sausage were those thick breakfast sausage links, which I love… they remind me of the type you get served in England… I did some work on the #blog and worried constantly about #TheMillenniumFalcon… I was getting a little depressed but was also relieved I got her to this #Mechanics’Shop, where I believe she is in good hands…

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After a couple of hours at the #Diner, I called the shop and they were still checking her out… So I went to a local #CoffeeShop and used their free #wifi to kill time… I also called some #hotels in the area to make sure they had availability… I had a bad feeling I would be stuck here for awhile… I figured if I have to pay out of my ass for #repairs, I’m going to have to get a job anyway to continue this trip… So, why not treat myself to a warm shower and a cozy bed… I know it sounds frivolous but you have to remember it took me a day and a half to get the Falcon here, which was a constant, exhausting physical and mental battle… I couldn’t run any #A.C. and I had to constantly keep the engine revved at a high idle… So that made the cab hotter than shit… I mean in the 90’s…So, a hotel sounded fantastic at this point and I was willing to pay for that comfort…

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Around 4pm, I headed back to the mechanic and saw this above… It brought tears to my eyes… She looked so helpless… The #mechanic soon came out and gave me the bad news… For some reason beyond him, he couldn’t get a good computer reading, so trying to find the problem meant looking for it blindly… The Falcon has a lot of sensors, so when the computer won’t read them, it leaves a ton of possibilities to explore to find the actual problem…

The mechanic told me If he was myself, he would burn the #vehicle and move on… Not the type of news I wanted to hear… He said he didn’t care how few miles she has, the fact she sat for so long is even worse… He said my new front #tires were now shot because of an #alignment issue, which he showed me and you could see steel belts ripping through the inside of the rubber… He informed me I was lucky one of them didn’t pop on the #freeway because that would have probably killed me…He also informed me that the #wiring is all over the place and I’m lucky I haven’t been #electrocuted…

After all of this, my head was spinning… But then something clicked in! I am still alive! She didn’t flip over and she didn’t electrocute me… So, when he asked me what I wanted to do, I told him to fix her… He looked at me as if I was nuts said he would have to start from scratch and it could get #expensive… I said, I don’t care, I want her fixed… Whatever it costs, I will put it on my credit card and get a job on the road… I can’t control this #mission… I have realized now it’s all up to #fate or #God… If I die because the Falcon fails, so be it… At least I died trying to accomplish something I love to do… We all take risks everyday folks, just by stepping out of bed… At least I am on a path that I feel is right, so I will risk whatever to tackle this journey I have set for myself…

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I told them to do what they needed to do to fix my sweetheart… If it costs me a couple grand, so be it… It’s just money, which I hate being a slave to… But why do I think so negatively? I have paid off all of my bills and live a life that costs me next to nothing compared to most other people… The beauty of this journey is I can get a job for a month and pay all of this crap off… Then I am back to normal… And what an experience it will be to search for a small town, where I can hunker in my #RV and work for a month… Sounds like a fun #journey to me…

So, one of the kids working at the shop gave me a ride to a local #ComfortInn in #FloralPark,Queens,NY… While I was at the shop I got to talking more to the master mechanic who is fixing my vehicle… To my complete shock, the man informed me he had just recently survived a brain tumor… The Doctor told him he wouldn’t live but they did an experimental surgery anyway… Well, he did live and after the tumor came back again, they lazered it and he survived once again… WOW! The Doctor then said if this had happened 5 years earlier, there was no way they would have been able to operate successfully… His tumor came at the right time in life where the #MedicalTechnology was so advanced, it saved his life… I was looking at his head as he told me about this and you could see a slight scar and unevenness to his skull but if he didn’t tell me, I would have never noticed…

This guy really affirmed my new attitude towards #life… Here he is still working his ass off after being given a death sentence twice… He informed me he was responsible for %10 of the bill which his kids will still be paying off when he eventually dies… So, not only did he courageously survive an ordeal most would have given up on, now he has to work his ass off for the rest of his life to pay off the debt that essentially saved his life…

Has he given up? NO! Does he have a frosty edge to him considering? Hell yes! He is extremely abrasive but with that edge you can see he is honest… He was not friendly at the beginning at all… But after I told him about my journey, he soon opened up to me… Almost like he was trying to show me it could be a lot worse but you have to barrel on regardless…

Here I am complaining about a journey that hit a bump in the road and this man survived a brain tumor twice… He has every excuse in the world to just live off of the system and try to take it easy for the rest of his life… But he chooses to pay off that bill and keep on fighting… What an inspiration… Unfortunately I didn’t get his name… I know, I know it’s not an excuse but my mind was all over the place and when someone tells you a story like this, names seem unimportant… I will get his name on Monday though…

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So, I was dropped off at the #ComfortInn,FloralPark, checked in and was ready to relax but they had no internet… Now, I am not paying all of this money to be inconvenienced with such things… I immediately called the front desk and he informed me it was out in the area… I asked him why he didn’t tell me that before hand and that I wanted a discount… I was pissed and informed him about my last few days and how I just wanted to relax with no problems… He felt really bad and sent me over to another sister hotel… the #QualityInn…

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So, I had to pack again and walk like a half a mile to the other hotel… I was fuming at this point until I checked in at the Quality Inn… The lady told me the front desk attendant at the other hotel told her to upgrade me to a room with a jacuzzi, for no extra charge… I immediately called the young man up and thanked him, apologizing for my disdain earlier…

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Oh yeah baby! After 44 days of very limited water and living off the grid, I was finally going to enjoy getting clean… I immediately filled up that hot tub and took a hour long bath… Oh my lord did it feel fabulous! I actually felt really weak after because I stayed in way too long… I cranked the A.C. and laid on my bed, totally relaxed…

I then ordered a pizza from #PapaJohns, ate and watched t.v. until I dozed off… As great as it all felt, I found myself missing my Falcon, realizing all this pampering shit is so unfulfilling really, yet I’m happy to enjoy it…

Folks, I always focus on the good #camping days, where I feel closer to that God I have such a problem with… But today I realized the struggle is just as fun and teaches you so much… At this point, I would usually be beating myself up and basically giving up on life… Not that the whole ordeal didn’t create such negative emotions because they were there, ready to engulf me… Those emotions had no effect on me because all of those great days camping in #solitude have made me realize life goes way beyond such petty things… I am alive and I am doing what a lot of people would love to do… Now I feel even closer to The Millennium Falcon considering I could have been killed at anytime yet I am still here… Don’t you worry my big Bucket Ff Bolts, we will fix you and this journey will continue even if it kills me! Goodnight!

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