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MarkwellMarkwell Posts: 1,616 ✭✭✭✭✭
Seems like no matter how much we plan and how thoroughly we work things out in our heads, there's always an unexpected twist...a wrench that gets thrown into the works if you will. I had a whole weekend planned out, had tuned up the Mark Mobile, changed the oil, rotated the tires, etc and boogied up to the Poconos to to what I do best - train stuffs. The weekend went great. Ever'body had a good time and there were no major catastrophes...until the trip home.

While crossing over the railroad tracks of the line I had just ridden all weekend, the entire left side of my exhaust system decided to take a crap. I was well aware of the roughness of said crossing and had already slowed to the earth scorching speed of 5mph, but that didn't work this time around. Soooo...limped back to base with the remnants of my exhaust protruding from the trunk and sunk the remains of my paycheck into a new system which I installed today. Fun fun. 

I'm writing it off as a typical weekend for the books. Seems like every single time I venture out on a trip of any considerable distance (even if it's only 2 counties north) Murphy is there to rain on the parade. Fvck you, Murphy, you suck! Fortunate I was able to make it home, but sure as hell was not planning to sink all that $$ into the car this week. Feel free to share about your little black storm clouds. 
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  • MartelMartel Posts: 3,304 ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah, we've had two repairs on one car recently.  That cost about a grand (though that total included some routine maintenance, too.)

    My chainsaw broke (sparkplug wire snapped) and I haven't begun to price a repair (at least I don't need it right now.) I saw a good deal on a floor model, but held off.

    My string trimmer made it around my little pond and decided to die. I was hoping to get this season out of it before getting a new one.  I've had it for years.  It's a cordless battery type.  I have three batteries, but they're all kaput.  Even fresh with full charges, it would take me about 5 packs to do my current place (I have two chargers, so have 'em all ready and then wait 8 hours for two to finish.)  Price has gone up on those things to where three will cost more than the trimmer.  This worked great at my last couple places I lived, but I have known I need to go to a gas one. 

    Then my wife comes to me needing a new wardrobe.  She's lost 20+ pounds so she deserves it, and has needed some items for a while but hates spending money on herself.  I fixed the car.  The other stuff has to wait (or I have to figure out how I can fix them for cheap.)  Mamma gets the clothes.
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  • ForMudForMud Posts: 2,336 ✭✭✭✭✭
    After all these years, I've come to the conclusion **** just happens.....So times it's at the right time and some times it's at the worst possible time. I try to only get mad/disappointed if it was something I could have done to prevented it from happening.
  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,652 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And remember the scary part... Murphy was an optimist!
  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat Posts: 8,159 ✭✭✭✭✭
    YankeeMan said:
    And remember the scary part... Murphy was an optimist!

    Beat me to it.
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  • silvermousesilvermouse Posts: 18,181 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I replaced the spark plug wire on my chainsaw, it's a fairly easy task and better than paying someone else $75 to do it.
  • WylaffWylaff Posts: 5,245 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't mind Murphy's Law as much as Cole's Law.
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  • NOGILLS2NOGILLS2 Posts: 156 ✭✭✭
    Murphy and I have been friends for a very long time now. I found becoming friends with him made a great deal of difference, (mostly my response to his antics) I found that he would get frustrated with my attitude, He began staying away for longer periods of time, so that he rarely shows up now, only every once in a great while.
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  • YaksterYakster Posts: 24,318 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wylaff said:
    I don't mind Murphy's Law as much as Cole's Law.
    I'll take care of Cole's Law.
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  • 0patience0patience Posts: 10,665 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My experience is that Murphy's law is missing the final sentece that says that things have already gone wrong, you just have discovered it yet.
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    Wylaff said:
    Atmospheric pressure and crap.
  • Puff_DougiePuff_Dougie Posts: 4,599 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yakster said:
    Wylaff said:
    I don't mind Murphy's Law as much as Cole's Law.
    I'll take care of Cole's Law.
    I like my Murphy's with a side of Cole's Law.
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