Ends

A friend of mine once told me a story. His paychecks used to come with “inspiring” quotes on them. One of the quotes was something to the effect of “Once you think you can make ends meet, someone moves the ends.” Obviously I have never forgotten that quote, I think it is very fitting to life in general.

After paying my student loan for years, and over paying it for a good portion of that time, I am now within months of paying it off. I am so close, and very excited. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.  And then the train hit me.

On Sunday, I was changing the MINI’s oil. Not a big deal, and it is something that I have come to enjoy in my older years. Sure, it would be easier to pay someone to do it for me, but there is a relaxing aspect to doing it myself. After draining the oil into the pan, and removing the used oil filter and replacing with a nice clean one, I poured the new oil into the car. The MINI needs less than 5 quarts of oil to be full. And once I was done, I poured the old oil into the now empty oil container. And only two quarts came out of the pan. I am now seriously concerned.

Skipping the fact that I should have been checking my oil much more frequently, these three quarts managed to disappear. If I was burning oil, I would think I would have smelled it, especially with the amount of oil we are talking about. If the MINI was leaking oil, I think there would be a puddle in my garage, since I always park there. I guess I could have forgotten to put oil into the car last time, but that doesn’t seem very like me. There is also the possibility that it is the MINI dealership’s fault, but I have no idea how.

The car is old, and I fear that I may have to buy a new car. I definitely have to shift to oil for high mileage cars. And I don’t know why I just thought of this now, but I should name my car “MINI the moocher.”

Someone may have moved the ends on me.

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