Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.
Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
The bead of sweat trickled down my temple reminding me that the heater was cranked on full. I glanced at the temperature gauge on the dash and the needle was holding just below the red line. So long as I keep the car moving so air passes over the radiator and keep the heater blasting she doesn't overheat. I pushed my hand out the window and deflected a cool breeze onto my face.
I think the cooling fan has died. But it could be the thermostat. Both easy repairs if I only had some time. But add to that the growing list of issues; the oil drip from deep inside the engine, the needed muffler, new brake rotors, the crack in the windshield, the mileage creeping up on 200 thousand. A round of repairs would cost less than a new vehicle but the final straw is the fact that I got stuck on mom's driveway last winter. I need a Montana friendly vehicle.
Zipping down the highway I pass a row of shiny trucks with price stickers painted on the windows. I give the dealership a longing glance as the heater vents out my open window. It will suck to give up a paid for vehicle with good gas mileage, but it is time. Perhaps I will have time to balance my checkbook when I get home.
There is more Jones in the archives: February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 December 2009 January 2010 May 2014