Lucky to Be Alive

COVID-19 At-Home Test

I’m still mentally beating myself up over my dereliction with regard to the RAV4’s gasoline smell. It could have been a disaster. The rodent caused nick in the fuel line was on the part of the line that is above the engine. According to the service tech, gas was squirting out of the pressurized gas line. It easily could have ignited, either on a hot manifold below it or since the gasoline eventually shorted an oxygen sensor, on the hot exhaust pipe. We were so lucky.

I called my insurance company today, to poke them along and it seemed to have some beneficial effect. It opened a dialog between the insurance company and the car dealer. Toyota is all ready to go, they have the parts in-house and are ready to go. We’re just waiting on the insurance company’s adjuster to inspect the vehicle. Hopefully, that will happen to this week, because if it doesn’t, then I’ll have the insurance company rent me a car.

Pictured is our government supplied COVID-19 at-home test kit. It showed up Monday night. Neither of us are feeling ill, so, we’ll just leave the tests in the box for now. I heard on NPR last night that after this Omicron wave subsides, over 80% of all Americans will be immune to the virus, either like us, because they have been vaccinated or like others, because they have already had the disease. Hurrah, herd immunity!

No word yet on the fraudulent credit card charges that I found on Monday, except that my credit card company, which also happens to be the same as my auto insurance company sent me my monthly bill and those fraudulent charges were on the bill. Because of this credit card fraud and all of the auto insurance issues, I took an unknown number call yesterday that turned out to be a phishing attempt. The woman claimed to be representing Amazon’s fraud department and said that someone else had bought an iPhone using my account. It was so eerily similar to the credit card fraud that had just occurred that I got sucked into it a little bit, but only enough to just give up my name. While, she was speaking, I used the desktop computer to check my Amazon account, and there were no iPhone charges. I questioned her and asked, if she was the fraud, to which she said, “If you think that you should hang up.” Which I did. I later changed my Amazon password, which required a two-step authentication involving my phone. That and the fact that the credit card that I use with Amazon is dead after the previous hack, there is no way that she could have been for real.

Finally, since I am unburdening myself of all of my problems, with this post, we’ve been experiencing toilet issues of late. I tried plunging the toilet and then snaking it too, but for the last two days, it has been flushing slowly or as of today, not at all. I decided to call a plumber, because often in the past, a non-flushing toilet has often been an early symptom of a main sewer line backup. I called the plumber, who lives up the block and who replaced our main line several years ago. When he called me back and miracle of miracles, said he was willing to come by today—He is so good that normally, I have to wait several days—I had to tell him never mind, because by then, Anne had fixed the toilet.

What a world! What a world! What a world!

11 thoughts on “Lucky to Be Alive

  1. You might want to rethink your statement about getting COVID. It sounds like you are thinking only unvaxxed people get it. In fact that is not true. We got breakthrough cases, as I’m sure you know. Just saying.

  2. Good grief! I’ve heard of rodents chewing up cars in hot areas when cars are parked for long periods of time. So glad you are ok. I have slow drains, does Anne have any tips?

  3. A sachet of mothballs in the engine compartment will keep rodents away.
    ‘Course it might stink up the passenger compartment, depending on the car and the size of the sachet. You could park in the garage. But I’m sure you would if you could.

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