Driving along, singing a song with the radio, I noticed an unusual background noise. My first thought was that I never noticed that clicking in the song before. My second thought was to turn the music down because maybe the sound is coming from the car. Bingo! Music down low and still hearing the clicking; must mean it is coming from the – steering wheel. Yup, there it is. Only when I turn – or jiggle it just a little bit to test my theory. Oh there it is again, just went over a little bump in the road. So, okay, it’s one of those things that you only remember that it’s been happening when it happens.
A few days ago I stumbled upon another “Creekite” who wants to go on the cruise in January but, like me, had no one to room with for the affordable double occupancy rate. We were able to agree to be cabin mates (her husband doesn’t cruise) and call in our reservation/deposits in time to get the group rate. We agreed to go to lunch to talk about how excited we are even though sail date is months from now. She picked me and the “rat lady” up to join us because the next day “rat lady” headed back to Wisconsin for the summer. Who knows how we got from cruise details to servicing our cars but I’m glad we did.
As it turns out, she has the same make of car as I do; her steering wheel was making the same noise. In her case the part was a recall. I searched the automaker’s website and the web in general for recalls, mine VIN wasn’t included. When I called to schedule service and described the problem I was told it was not included in the recall (I didn’t confess to searching) but covered under warranty. No charge.
This morning was the appointed time for service. I was directed to the customer lounge and claimed a spot at the end of a three seater waiting room piece of furniture. Upon casual observation, all other customers appeared to be equally spaced among the seats. I opened my book, fished my reading glasses from my bag and was quickly distracted by the news. Pieces of the plane and personal possessions from the most recently disappeared aircraft have been discovered.
At a commercial break, I snuck past the TV screen toward the complementary coffee, tea, hot chocolate. It’s one of those easy breezy pop in a pod deals. After perusing the choices, I selected the flavored pod, dropped it in the open door, close and…nothing. The door wasn’t closed all the way, I pushed it and made no change. I opened the door, pulled out the pod, read the directions and did it all again. Same actions, same results. Again. Again. Then I started talking to myself, “how hard can this be?” Again. I really thought I was being quiet and that no one noticed my mounting frustration.
Suddenly, a lady was at my elbow to assist. She experienced the problem earlier and was “rescued” by another waiting customer. At this point, there was a small crowd circling the coffee gizmo. Apparantley they had earlier walked away without caffiene satiation. This had turned into an active demonstration with my cup of joe at stake. The random demonstrator, too had to fumble and repeat. In her hands, the pod/packet slipped all the way down dropping intact behind my empty cup. Repeat. Drop. Empty. Again maybe three or four more times. Then she pushed a random button, began again and viola! Moments later I walked away with a full cup! Those watching the demonstration got their selections on their first try. Watch and learn!
After the excitement at the coffee gizmo and remarks from others waiting, I replied that I did have a college degree – but not in engineering. All in good fun – he was one who tried and walked away earlier. Another lady smuggly raised her super sized coffee from a drive through nearby. I concurred that their coffee is very good and that I buy it in one pound bags. In fact they are currently on sale this week at Walgreen’s. At home, she confessed, she has a Keuring – the one in the customer lounge is not a Keurig.
Another waiting customer stepped up and shared an interesting fact about his Keurig. His ex-wife bought a broken one from an on-line garage sale site for five dollars. Failed attempts to find a way to repair it, someone told them to take it to Bed Bath & Beyond. It was a model still available in the store; they received a brand new replacement – same model. BBB returns faulty units to Keurig. Good to know. His wife must have kept that item after divorce. He got a new one for Christmas; it came with a coupon for three packages of Kpods. He wisely selected a sampler box so he could taste and determine which he preferred. That bit of conversation led to the super size cup lady sharing that she buys her favorite brand from the purveyor of the coffee she was drinking, in a two pound bag. The fresh grounds can be used in a re-usable K cup.
I have avoided purchasing a Keurig or similar coffee maker because it seems the pods are pricey and that I would possibly drink numerous cups per day…K a $ ching. However, in my household of one, the pod process with a re-usable filter cup pod gizmo is looking more like a robust possibility.