Friday, November 12

Getting into gear!

Although I am quite busy right now, the past week’s events had to be documented somewhere! Fortunately Flash Friday restricts me to 55 words and no more – otherwise, believe me I could have written a novel! I will do my best to stick to 55 but what the hell – we all like a good read once in a while! I haven’t been taking part due to business so it will be an opportunity to touch base! 




The gearbox “went” on the van! So we contact our mechanic friend and he tells us where to find one on the internet! Task assigned to moi! I find one – 03 model for diesel, manual. Arrives, last Thursday Mechanic  chap collects  together with the van and departs for workshop. Phone call Saturday afternoon – wrong gearbox. Phoned Internet chap up – yes wrong gearbox would send courier to collect. Monday. Monday comes – so does courier takes away wrong gearbox but no new gearbox. Internet chap promises “100% Mrs Nesbitt it will be there Tuesday!” Tuesday – no gearbox. Wednesday – no gearbox. Speaks to Internet chap telling him if gearbox has not arrived by 5pm order is cancelled! 5pm – no gearbox 5.30pm we are off to local breakers yard who happen to have 03 gearbox in – great! Dash over to Mechanic chap (oh did I mention he leaves for Thailand on Monday for 6 months?) So we arrive and lo and behold gearbox is wrong! 2003 was the year Citroen decided to change the gearbox of our model! Return home – Thursday hubby dashes to Mechanic chap to collect original gearbox and takes it to Breaker’s Yard and matches up replacement gearbox. He then hurries back to Mechanic chap who is now fitting it as we speak and phoned last night to say it will be ready by lunchtime today!

Total words = 224! Oh well! Hope it brought a smile anyway!

Friday 55 Flash Fiction is brought to you by G-man (Mr Knowitall). The idea is you write a story in exactly 55 words. If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you've posted your 55.

Watch this space!


  1. This all sounds so familiar - and brings a smile when it happens to someone else - nasty lot, aren't we ;-)?

  2. Nawwwwwwww not nasty - just the same! lol!

  3. You know the bit that's really causing the trouble? The badge that says Citroen. I bought a C4 a couple of years ago because it had a big enough boot to go camping with. We've only got the tent out twice since then but I'm stuck with a car that you can REALLY tell is French!(Nothing actually goes wrong but nothing quite works the way it should, either. Imagine the vehicular equivalent of shrugging its shoulders and looking blank .....)

    Did you realise that if you edit out just 4 words you could call this a 4x55? :)

  4. Phew! I'm exhausted just reading that!! Do hope all goes well and van is back on the road very soon.
    Now I must get myself in gear (haha, sorry!) and get more stock made for upcoming fairs!
    Take care
    Sarah x

  5. You could have built a whole new car while waiting... quite the adventure, hope it works, and gets at least ff55 miles per gallon gas mileage... lol


  6. ha. nice that is all your 55s for the month in one right? lol.

  7. Ofcourse - the challenge is out there to reduce the rant into 55 key words! lol! Yes Brian 55 sorted for a month! lol!

  8. I'm glad you didn't stop at 55 words because that would have only taken us to the first 'wrong gearbox' and we'd have been hanging on wondering what happened! LOL

    Glad you've finally got it sorted - well fingers crossed. ;)

  9. Definitely brought a smile but sorry you had to go through all that! Off and running....

  10. You've been given 'Papal Dispensation' for this week only..:P
    Thanks for the visit and the update.
    You Rock Baby...
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  11. Crikey that was a lot of rushing around!

  12. Ordering things over the internet can be a very hit-and-miss affair. Who's trustworthy and reliable and who isn't? Hard to tell. This particular internet person seems to be Mr Exceedingly Scatty What Were You After Again?

  13. That sounds pretty typical. We went through something like that getting the signal lights for our trailer working. The work was on the car that tows it, not the trailer itself. Took weeks to get the part from clear across the country, and it was the wrong part.


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