Mish Mash of Randomness

Posted By on December 16, 2008

So update on my car situation: I have it in my possession and it cost me less that $200. Which isn’t too bad as far as car dealers go. But is HORRIFFIC when the parts they fixed were $36. Why am I not paid $150 an hour?? I’m just as valuable!

This small sum was far less than what the guy wanted me to have done. When he called he actually said to me “where do I start?” Like I’m driving around a rusty piece of metal with no tires kept together by duct tape that is UNSAFE! UNSAFE! UNSAFE! Well, it is almost 10 years old. I currently have over 135,000 miles on my little Sentra. And it runs fine. Yes, it has problems. SHE IS OLD. But I don’t make payments to her family anymore for the right to own her outright, so I shall run her into the ground.

Apparently my brakes are shot. And I’m leaking brake fluid. And I’m going to DIIIIEEEEEE! You must fix this NOOOOOWWWWW! To the tune of $2,000. TWO THOUSAD DOLLLAAARRRSSS!

I think not, Mr. Price Raper Dealer Man. I know that work can be done cheaper ANYWHERE but the dealer. So I told him to just fix my windshield wipers and I would be on my way. Because I’m a risk taker like that. And my brother is totally going to fix my brakes this weekend. For like 10 times less.

But I reassured my car that she is not dumpy like those boys at that car shop made her feel. How dare they treat a young girl like that! I mean, she’s not even a teenager.


I hate going to mechanic shops. It is like it is their goal to make you feel small and that you know nothing. Because apparently as a woman, I know nothing about cars. Even though, I can change my own headlight bulbs. And check the oil and put gas in the tank.

I don’t know a lot about cars. But I know some. I make my brother tell me what I don’t know. And I also ask Google. For instance “Google, why won’t my windshield wipers work? Yet I can hear a motor like they WANT to work?” And then Google says “because you busted them dumbass.”

I knew exactly what was wrong when I went in yesterday. I could have even bought the part at AutoZone. I just didn’t know how to install it. (Now I see why I don’t get paid $150 an hour.) (Also, if you’re a mechanic, why would you work anywhere else but a dealership? Their hourly rates are like double of other places.)

But those male mechanics always treat you like a delicate flower and assume you know nothing. And then they call you sweetie and tell you that everything thing will be fine and they’ll call you when they know what is wrong and that you shouldn’t worry your pretty little head about it. It is so irritating!

Although, after I told Jimmy and his staff that I wouldn’t be doing $2,000 worth of business with them today, he basically ignored me when I came to pick up my car. So much for customer service. And again why I don’t get my car serviced at the dealer very often.


Finally, I have a hair appointment this weekend. It was originally supposed to be Saturday, but I had to switch it to Sunday since Saturday is the day my brother is going to fix my car so I don’t DIIIIIEEEEE! Yay for the holidays and my salon being open on Sunday!

I’m currently growing my hair out a bit, but was seriously considering bangs. I did the semi-side-swept ones quite a few months back, but this time I was thinking of getting full bang-bangs. I was inspired by this post with my internet friend Darcey. Because she’s tall (not that it has anything to do with bangs, I just wanted to point out some similarities) and has a similar face shape to mine and she totally ROCKS the bangs and looks HOT! See?


(Photo courtesy of Darcey and Hair Thursday) (Darcey, if this is not OK, please let me know and I’ll take it down.)

Here is a recent photo of me and my forehead. Don’t you think it would look cute with Darcey-bangs? I also might want Darcey’s color too.


(Random tidbit, this is a photo of me and my other friend named Darcie.)

So what do you all think? I know this is a big undertaking because once you go bangs, you can’t go back. What with the growing out and all that. But I think it would be a good change. Yes?

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


47 Responses to “Mish Mash of Randomness”

  1. I love everything about Darcey’s cut and color–you should TOTALLY go for it! It’s winter, and winter’s all about being dramatic.

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  2. Kathy says:

    I totally think you would rock them!

    But there are always barettes if you really hate them! 🙂


    Kathys last blog post..Eh…?

  3. Corey says:

    I think bangs and that color would look great on you. I have been contemplating bangs myself.

    Good luck getting your car repaired. I wish my brother knew how to fix mine. He’s as useless as I am when it comes to those type of things.

    Coreys last blog post..Things done and to be done

  4. tutugirl1345 says:

    If it makes you feel better, my mom took her new (used) car to the mechanic for the first time while she was pregnant with me. Once he’d looked at the bottom of the car, he refused to give it back to her because it was held together with bondo. So at least the mechanic didn’t deem it so unsafe he refused to return it to you!

    Bangs would totally be hot on you.

    tutugirl1345s last blog post..Mental Health Day

  5. Angella says:

    Do it! *I* would look like a deranged poodle with bangs, so I envy people that can wear them!

    Angellas last blog post..Breaking Down Barriers

  6. Mahnee says:

    Oooooooo, I say go with the bangs!! I think they would look great on you.

  7. Jenn says:

    Mechanics themselves only make $30-$40 an hour. The dealership makes the rest. They are paid hourly…so, if business is good (not now), they could earn $50,000/year. Kind of like hair stylists working for a spa/shop.

    So, in comparison, you are doing much better 🙂

  8. Jenn says:

    Do the bangs! They are very cute!

    Oh, and you’ll probably get carded even more!

  9. Darcie says:

    OMG. I am so proud that a picture that is not totally ASS ugly of me made the blog. YAY! DO THE BANGS….they will look hot. Also do the color. When it comes to color, one must just do…not think. Of course this led me to chunky red and blond the one time. Whatever, it faded.

    When do I get to meet Darcey?

  10. The bangs are hot, do it!

    Dutchess of Kickballs last blog post..It’s Tougher Where There Ain’t None

  11. Ree says:

    Yes. I think you’d look great(er) with bangs. 😉

    Rees last blog post..Blogging About Blogging

  12. ali says:

    bangs! yes!
    (and you CAN always grow them out. it’s not that annoying)

    alis last blog post..hair wars

  13. PotatoChef says:

    I have a 1996 Honda Accord with over 150,000 miles. It runs great. The Honda dealership said I needed a $700 part for something to do with the shifter. Like an idiot I agreed. The shifter knob keeps falling off now.

    I like to keep my car until the undertaker prys it from my cold ash white fingers. Cars cost too much money. Fixing cars cost way too much money.

    Go with the bangs.

    PotatoChefs last blog post..Food For Comfort Potato Stew

  14. Michelle says:

    My uncle is a mechanic and I always either have him do the work on my car or consult with him before having someone else do it. You are welcome to visit and/or talk to him as well if you want.

  15. Dubbs73 says:

    You should do it. Everyone’s doing it.

  16. Tracy H says:

    Go for the bangs! I love ’em.

  17. I say get the bangs! I just recently got them myself and absolutely LOVE them!!!

    Cereal Dieters last blog post..Have you seen my motivation?? If so, can you please send it back to me!!!

  18. Sheri says:

    I’d totally do the bangs. What’s Bacon think/??

    Sheris last blog post..All I Want for Christmas is a Little Peace (and Quiet)

  19. Aww… Sheri beat me to it. (i.e., DID YOU ASK BACON?)

    I think you’d look hawt with bangs and with Darcy’s color.

    Anonymous New Yorks last blog post..Naughty or Nice? Holiday Gift Advice!

  20. Try the bangs. Even if you hate them, they’ll grow out and hair gel is an amazing product for faking the non-bang look.

    This, coming from the person who let her Hair God give her suicide bangs this fall.

    Jen on the Edges last blog post..The return of the Boy

  21. deidre says:

    I was the bluthering girl at the car dealership once, it was embarrassing. I was also the girl with a acupuncture needle sticking out of my head when I went to get my oil changed once – also embarrassing.

    I think the bangs will look hot – get them!

    deidres last blog post..Yordie Yordie

  22. Consider the bandwagon jumped on.

    thecoconutdiariess last blog post..Is That Blood on Your Doorstep or You Just Happy to See Me?

  23. moo says:

    yes, yes, bangs, very cute!

    also … we found a mechanic we fell in love with. He never overcharges us, always is up front with us, and never forces us to do anything we don’t want to do. His reward? We bring ALL our business there and recommend him to everyone we know.

    Dealer mechanics don’t need that kind of publicity, you know?

    moos last blog post..the heir and …

  24. Kerri Anne says:

    I too have been contemplating the blunt cut bangs and I think you should totally go for it because a. they will look great on you I heartily believe and b. it will help me grow the guts to actually get my ass to the hair salon.

    (Also: I am sort of bemoaning the fact that I don’t know, and have never known, anyone named Darcey. Or Darcy. Or Darcie. Heh.)

    Kerri Annes last blog post..Weekend Update, Snow Bunny Edition

  25. -R- says:

    The bangs look really cute, but they also look like they would be in your eyes all the time. If that wouldn’t bother you, I say go for it.

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  26. jen says:

    Go the bangs, or fringe, as we call it here.

    jens last blog post..A winner and the last giveaway

  27. Melissa says:

    I would totally try the bangs…of course this is coming from someone who is trying to grow her bangs out…I’m darn close to trimming them…there is nothing worse then growing out bangs.

    Melissas last blog post..So. Very. Tired.

  28. Giggle Pixie says:

    Are you kidding me? I would trap and eat wild boar if it could give me hair that looked like that.

    Giggle Pixies last blog post..I’m Soooo Gonna be Famous Someday

  29. Sara says:

    Bangs have to be cut very frequently, are you ok with the upkeep?

    Saras last blog post..Christmas tree decorated with sex offenders

  30. Rhi says:

    I vote for bangs BUT ONLY if your stylist gives free bang trims. Mine does and it’s the only reason why I allow him to give me bangs.

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  31. Vanessa says:

    So I’m sitting here thinking how in the world did I get jipped out of friends named Darcy (-ie)? I have none, you have two? That doesn’t seem quite fair! Ok seriously, the car? You have a brother so you’re in good shape. The only thing I might add to the mix is a Chiltons Manual. One of those and you can fix more than your own headlights on the car. It kept my 20+ year old Corolla running until the door fell off, OH EFF EFF, OFF! The dealership still gave me $700 for it when I drove it onto their lot with an entire roll of duct tape holding the door on. The bangs? I say cut them, hair should be fun. If you don’t like it, take pre-natal vitamins.

    Vanessas last blog post..Free Shipping Day

  32. I think you would like insanely good with those bangs. Like REALLY VERY AMAZING.

    Also, UGH, where to start with my loathing of dealerships and mechanics and any profession that sees someone who has a vagina and then immediately sees dollar signs. My brakes recently went kaput and Mike fixed them for $83 (how much the parts cost) and the mechanic wanted to charge me $600 (THAT IS HOW MUCH FOR SERVICE). I am in the wrong profession. I make quite a bit less than that an hour, I’m just saying.

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  33. Cathy says:

    Um, did your other friend named Darcie go to Illinois State by chance? She looks crazy familiar to me.

    Cathys last blog post..Our Magical Moment

  34. Scarlet says:

    Do it. And it’s not so bad growing out bangs. Mine only took about 6 months, which sounds like a long time, but now I don’t even have to carry bobby pins around. And your hair is straight to start with so that’s good.

    Scarlets last blog post..I Want You

  35. Trish says:

    Bangs will be fabulous on you! I started wearing bangs recently and I really like the look. The color is great too. You must post a photo with the new look!

  36. Erin says:

    Do it! I can’t wait until I can have bangs again (long story). My five finger forehead neeeeeds to be hidden.

    If it makes you feel better, I get that whole “sweetie” talking down to me thing pretty much all the time, but that’s because I look like I’m 12. My response is usually to just use that tone back when I correct them. 🙂 I figure that they shouldn’t dish it out if they can’t take it!

    Erins last blog post..Playing Around…

  37. Raven says:

    I used to work at a repair shop in a past life and if you think they are condescending when you bring your car in, you can imagine how they are when you are employed by them. OY.

    Although, in an older car, I can do a full tune-up myself-right down to changing a cap and rotor. I’m a bit rusty now but I can also do brakes and have even dropped a transmission in a 4 wheel drive Yukon. That kind of thing helps shut them up a bit.

    Bangs and color, yes yes!

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  38. Jacki says:

    Thank god for brothers that are willing to help!
    Go for the bangs and color, you only live once!

  39. Manic Mommy says:

    I think I met the blond Darcie!

    I think you would look good with bangs. Go bangs. And you can go back. Just takes a while. I went bangs, but they didn’t stay very long. I don’t know what happened.

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  40. I loathe dealerships. I drive a Jetta and they just see my stupid ass coming.

    I just got some side sweepy bangs in September and got my hair chopped. It was not me. BUT, it did make me feel extremely brave and that helped. 🙂

    PS) I have room in my heart for only one Darcy, and that’s the hot-tastic MISTER Darcy!

    Marmite Breaths last blog post..Due to Lack of Interest, Tomorrow is Cancelled.

  41. Julie says:

    If you go bangs, it will look super cute. Words of wisdom, though: Please do not end up w/ bangs like Melissa on Top Chef. Not that you ever would, it’s just that the whole topic reminded me of her and how much I hope she gets eliminated, simply because I cannot STAND those bangs! Sorry, had to vent. Whew…

  42. Kristie says:

    I have bangs now, sortof and I love them. I say go for it!

    Also, my clutch in my old car went out years ago (when I was a teenager) and I took it in to get serviced and the guy told my dad that I rode the clutch when I KNEW that I didn’t. He told my dad over and over and over again that my clutch would have lasted longer if I hadn’t of rode the clutch. I finally told the guy that I didn’t ride the clutch FOR PETE’S SAKE and if he didn’t stop getting me in trouble with my dad that I was going to take my car elseware. I never did use that guy ever again. Turns out the clutch was a faulty one. I KNEW it.

    Kristies last blog post..Who needs a matching tree? Not me.

  43. Sarah says:

    I’ve been contemplating the bangs lately too. I had them all through high school and they were cute. I worry about the commitment because I have naturally curly hair and it took some effort for the bangs to look right.

    Sarahs last blog post..Boot Drama

  44. Bethy says:

    I vote yes to the bangs and color. Warning though: red is verry hard to get out if you decide you don’t like it.

    I agree with Julie on the Melissa front. I hope she and her bangs get eliminated, too!

  45. 1) I think your forehead would look awesome with bangs.

    2) You have a lot of friends named Darcy.

    3) Should I get bangs too?

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  46. DM says:

    Bangs are awesome. I am quite fond of them. Because otherwise I would go insane with all that hair touching my face all the time.

    I love her cut and think it would be really cute on you.

    DMs last blog post..Since I’m a follower

  47. Darcey says:

    Well, how did I not notice that I got a guest spotlight on here until now?

    Oh, yeah, I was traveling for the better part of two weeks.

    Anywho, yes, Kristin, totally fine my picture is up! And I LOVE my bangs – my stylist does do free bang trims, so I try to get them cleaned up every 2-3 weeks or so. But I’m also telling myself that when summer humidity comes around, I have permission to grow them out a bit so they have a bit more length to not frizz as much.

    Re: the color, my hair tends to be on the warmer/coppery/auburn side naturally, so the red stays fairly well (plus, its been my shade of choice for about 2 years now).

    Oh, and hi Darcie! I totally want to meet you, too! If I could find a way to get my agency a client in Chicago, it would be a work-paid trip… otherwise, I hope to be up there at BlogHer!