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Oh I'm so angry.

I can't believe I let something slip past me.

 

So after my little post yesterday I decided it was smart to go out.

NORMALLY my nights would be spent in front of the TV with my gumtree searches spread across the 8 monitors, on 45 second auto refreshes.

 

So I'm out,

Talked to someone I know, but don't like. (what a waste of time, hes just a jerk, lol)

Refresh gumtree on the phone...

and the exact car I wrote off.....

but the top of the line one....

is listed for sale....

$2k. Normally they're $14k!

 

Whats up....?

 

"Wont go into reverse"

Even if the gearbox is fucked, I have another one!

 

Catch? The ad is now 3 minutes old.

I don't think I've ever managed to buy anything from a gumtree ad that old. But I tried.

No Reply.

No Reply.

Ad Gone.

 

Fuck!

I drove to the address, and yep, car exists, parked on front lawn,

NOT a scam.

Rego check the licence plate...

Get the VIN from the rego check....

PPSR check.... not stolen, not written off, not financed....

But all the lights are off in the house.

Well, no point skulking around his yard after midnight with everyone asleep.

I drove home.

 

I hoped, I begged, I actually prayed, that it was because it was midnight and he didn't want to be swarmed with calls while he slept.

So I set an alarm at 5AM, 5.30, 6, 6.30, and checked gumtree every moment I could.

Also set up email alerts and set my emails to check every minute.

HOPING that he'd relist the ad in the morning.

And no, I get an SMS saying "Car sold".

 

I'm just so mad.

I'm faster than that.

I'm better than that!

This is the worst feeling.

I can't figure out how to 'fix' it.

 

Probably the most important aspect of my life, and I miss the one deal that could fix everything.

I think the universe decided I'm out of luck.

No more for me.

 

Hope everyone else has more luck today than me.

I'm going back to refreshing gumtree.

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Did you offend the Gods in the past?

 

Fucking clearly.

I'm normally level headed about most things, but if I'm ever going to neck myself, it'll be over something like this.

 

I have absolutely 0 clue how to "fix" this "problem".

Hope the buyer has something important happen that stops in buying it?

But hope seems so passive and useless... I should... be.. DOING something.

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Doood it's just a car. Yes I know you liked the one that got mangled but when all is said and done it is just a car.

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Doood it's just a car. Yes I know you liked the one that got mangled but when all is said and done it is just a car.

 

Sometimes there are things in life that are more important than the molecules that construct it.

It's happiness. Its mental stability. It's pride. Its love. Its your very identity.

And besides, its more than just the car. It's the money too. That's kind of the point to living in a capitalist country, lol.

I'm gonna go borrow the old mans Pontiac tonight. I need something to pour some affection, and a few hours worth of energy into polishing.

 

The loss hurts, but it's more that I'm terrible at forgiving myself.

I let my dedication to my search wane,

And it looks like I'll be paying the price for a few years to come; nothing that cheap will resurface.

 

Mainly I lack patients when it comes to myself,

I look for a way to fix this 'now' and I just can't figure out how to fix it.

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8 monitors with Gumtree going? I have 4 bookmarks in a folder which I open altogether at intervals usually at least 2 hours between.

 

Pontiac... 60s GTO? 60s-70s Firebird?

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8 monitors with Gumtree going? I have 4 bookmarks in a folder which I open altogether at intervals usually at least 2 hours between.

 

Pontiac... 60s GTO? 60s-70s Firebird?

 

60's Le Mans

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the moment has passed, let it go

 

you're wasting precious bodily fluids on something that is no longer possible, and there are current and future possibilities that have potential

 

 

tldr : "no use crying over spilt milk"

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the moment has passed, let it go

 

you're wasting precious bodily fluids on something that is no longer possible, and there are current and future possibilities that have potential

 

 

tldr : "no use crying over spilt milk"

 

This entire advice is more relevant to the Ex i'm still somewhat hung up on after 8 years :P lol

 

Nah I'm slowly calming, but it'll still be enough to keep me awake at night for a few months.

Thank christ for Doxylamine.

 

The stress comes from the hypothetical changes it would have made.

I'd have the car I wanted for the last 15 years.

I'd have the status in 'the scene' again.

I'd have a project to pour myself into so I don't stay up stressing; I can just go and polish the car for few hours, even at 2am. It's quiet and tires you out.

 

The object is important, but it's more about what it symbolizes, and the positive impact it would have had (and did, in the past) have on my entire life.

Ah well.

 

If only insurance hadn't halved my cover a month before the accident, I'd have more of a budget

8 monitors with Gumtree going? I have 4 bookmarks in a folder which I open altogether at intervals usually at least 2 hours between.

 

Ah, see in the "JDM" world, things move too quickly to risk that, as seen here.

I had enough monitors and spare old GPU's (and an old PC) that building a gumtree monitoring rig for the desk next to the couch was simple and efficient.

Then I decided to leave the house.

Clever me eh?

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I had enough monitors and spare old GPU's (and an old PC) that building a gumtree monitoring rig for the desk next to the couch was simple and efficient.

Then I decided to leave the house.

 

... Whilst there are definitely things (physical objects) worth getting hung up about, a car is not one of them, dude. Worry about having food to eat, a place to sleep, and clothes to wear - all the rest is cream. Some of it is pretty damned tasty cream, I admit, but it's still cream.

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I had enough monitors and spare old GPU's (and an old PC) that building a gumtree monitoring rig for the desk next to the couch was simple and efficient.

Then I decided to leave the house.

 

... Whilst there are definitely things (physical objects) worth getting hung up about, a car is not one of them, dude. Worry about having food to eat, a place to sleep, and clothes to wear - all the rest is cream. Some of it is pretty damned tasty cream, I admit, but it's still cream.

 

 

See I have all that sorted.

You're right, "count your blessings".

But once they're counted, I guess you look for something else to guess.

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It's annoying, but what can you do ?

 

A few weeks back now I came back to my car to find a very kind woman waiting for me to tell me she saw someone bump my car but keep going and she didn't get the plate. The only real damage is a broken lens cover on the passenger side rear and a bit of white paint on the bumper that will polish out.

 

Thing is though this is a 2003 Peugeot 307 in otherwise great condition but parts can be hard to come by and Peugeot only replace the entire assembly, not just the lens.

 

In theory I can get one in about 6 weeks from France but the price is ridiculous. There OUGHT to be one around at a wreckers, the model is quite popular here, but no luck so far. Mine is the hatch, I've found a couple for the wagon but they don't seem to be the same, which sort of surprises me because Peugeot are big on commonality.

 

Ah well, I have all the bits of the broken lens, they are in the main quite large so a bit of superglue and then silicone it back on until a replacement turns up, just need some patience :)

 

There was a time MS when I would be devastated if my car was anything less but perfect but in the end the guys are right, it is just a car and something will turn up.

 

Take it easy, the stress is not worth it :)

 

Cheers

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spend your time writing the perfect program to read the sales threads and send you an urgent sms when the things you must buy are mentioned

 

i tend to make the occasional serendipitous purchase on ocau, and have learned that eventually other stuff turns up if i missed out

 

 

 

as for cars : i never had any great enthusiasm for pouring my energy into what for me is a utilitarian means of carrying shit; even my motorbikes have been loved even as they degenerate through neglect and parking near the beach in (sheltered) open space; the only thing i do responsibly is get them serviced well, and safe as possible

 

worrying about vehicular road rash living and parking out in sydney is like having obsession with hair loss - it's inevitable, not tragic

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Ah well, I have all the bits of the broken lens, they are in the main quite large so a bit of superglue and then silicone it back on until a replacement turns up, just need some patience :)

There was a time MS when I would be devastated if my car was anything less but perfect but in the end the guys are right, it is just a car and something will turn up.

Take it easy, the stress is not worth it :)

Cheers

 

If you can find a part number, I may be able to hook you up with the assembly significantly cheaper.

I won't know until you get me a PartNo. but usually it's about 80% OFF from retail, if you're lucky.

I deal with the UAE for parts.

Let me know :)

as for cars : i never had any great enthusiasm for pouring my energy into what for me is a utilitarian means of carrying shit; even my motorbikes have been loved even as they degenerate through neglect and parking near the beach in (sheltered) open space; the only thing i do responsibly is get them serviced well, and safe as possible

 

worrying about vehicular road rash living and parking out in sydney is like having obsession with hair loss - it's inevitable, not tragic

 

Yeah it comes down to how you see them I guess.

I'm a little socially intraverted, as per my other thread; but with an extremely extroverted 'nervous' response.

So I'm the loud, outspoken, 'funny, nice guy' who no one actually really got to know.

 

How is this relevant? Well, first impressions matter for people like me.

When you roll up to a meet, people who don't know you get their first impression from how you present yourself.

Just like I prefer to wrap a christmas gift than hand it over unwrapped; the car I wrap myself in is a direct symbol of how much I care about myself.

 

Right now, after my accident, I got an accord euro for STUPID cheap.

It's nice, its leather, fog lights, HID's 7 airbags, and it's also... the worst.

It screams 'boring buyer' it has 0 of my personality baked into it, I can't even replace the moulded stereo facia to install my custom audio setups.

Driving is my Zen, and I never thought it possible, but it's actually a chore to drive that car.

A corner at 60kmph is just a body roll and tire slide fiasco, the whole thing feels like a lump of clay.

Soft, comfy, refined, and boring.

Mum loves it! lol

 

Nothing about looking at it says "IT geek, Car DIY-er, Animation Nerd".

And while I could start modifying it to do those things somewhat, it's still an 'accord euro' the second most common car in all of Australia.

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Could be worse, might have been an Odyssee. Not only boring but one of the ugliest cars ever made as well.

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different approaches to life i guess

 

i look dishevelled by default (mum used to call me scruffy for good reason); i figure people who judge harshly by first appearances will do both of us a favour by not wanting to associate with me

 

although i am considered not unattractive, i favour my quick wit, intrinsic intelligence and broad sense of humour (fun) to be the best attributes to attract company; people that fail to appreciate my value miss out on it

 

 

as a professional, i am quite happy to appear at work looking like i am not trying to impress (ties were worn if it is very cold - and prompt people who know me to ask if i am off to a job interview or a funeral); however, i absolutely focus 100% on the task at hand and trying to solve problems, and feel that if my sincerity of approach is not enough then better that people choose another medical provider - i am a person who is medically trained, rather than a doctor with delusions of grandeur

 

impressing people with glitz is anathema to my existence... i remember fondly my yellow mini, that had so many people ask why i didn't have a "doctor's car", to which i happily replied "i do; it's a yellow mini"

 

don't start me about showy watches, or suits...

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... i remember fondly my yellow mini, that had so many people ask why i didn't have a "doctor's car", to which i happily replied "i do; it's a yellow mini"

I feel similarly about my toyota seca. It has a luvly profile and arse. I used to think the front end boring but I got over that. The colour is called "champagne" sort of mocha to my mind :P

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Ah well, I have all the bits of the broken lens, they are in the main quite large so a bit of superglue and then silicone it back on until a replacement turns up, just need some patience :)

There was a time MS when I would be devastated if my car was anything less but perfect but in the end the guys are right, it is just a car and something will turn up.

Take it easy, the stress is not worth it :)

Cheers

If you can find a part number, I may be able to hook you up with the assembly significantly cheaper.

I won't know until you get me a PartNo. but usually it's about 80% OFF from retail, if you're lucky.

I deal with the UAE for parts.

 

Let me know :)

 

:)

 

Thanks mate, give me a day or so, had not thought of it as a part no. just a description :)

 

Cheers

different approaches to life i guess

 

i look dishevelled by default (mum used to call me scruffy for good reason); i figure people who judge harshly by first appearances will do both of us a favour by not wanting to associate with me

 

although i am considered not unattractive, i favour my quick wit, intrinsic intelligence and broad sense of humour (fun) to be the best attributes to attract company; people that fail to appreciate my value miss out on it

 

 

as a professional, i am quite happy to appear at work looking like i am not trying to impress (ties were worn if it is very cold - and prompt people who know me to ask if i am off to a job interview or a funeral); however, i absolutely focus 100% on the task at hand and trying to solve problems, and feel that if my sincerity of approach is not enough then better that people choose another medical provider - i am a person who is medically trained, rather than a doctor with delusions of grandeur

 

impressing people with glitz is anathema to my existence... i remember fondly my yellow mini, that had so many people ask why i didn't have a "doctor's car", to which i happily replied "i do; it's a yellow mini"

 

don't start me about showy watches, or suits...

:)

 

Our doctors would get on well with you, they so far as I can tell don't own ties, or suits :)

 

On the other hand I've had a Rolex on my wrist for over 40 years, but most pilots do have expensive watches, time is a bit important to us :)

 

Cheers

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From this and the other thread - do you need to get more help than you're already getting?

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YOU'RE stressed out?

 

7 years it's taken me to get my Son up from Victoria to do some serious fishing.

Finally lobs up all keen and enthusiastic, we drive near three hours to my old stamping ground up the coast, it pissed down rain eeeeeeevery time the tide was right to go out. Barely caught a feed with three of us in the boat when we did hit the water.

All we heard from the locals in the interim was "Should have been here last week... the fishing really went off before the rain turned up.... here, look at the pictures of what the other Club members were weighing in last week...".

 

And they wonder why people go postal.

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From this and the other thread - do you need to get more help than you're already getting?

 

I'm not getting any 'help', lol. I mean, friends to talk to is nice (Hi At0mic!) so thats calming. Typing it out always helps :)

 

 

Assuming Ive picked what you're hinting at; I have an IT client who is a Psych of 35 years.

Have talked to him in length about life :)

To quote him as best I can, I'm "Normal" go figure :P How terrifying, lol.

Paraphrasing;

"In this modern world of 'spectrum' I could put anyone on anything. You find me the most perfect family man, and I'll be able to get him locked up. So yeah, I could put you on a list with 'conditions', but the simple question any good doctor asks, is 'Do you live with it, or suffer from it?' You function normally, have never done anything 'stupid' and have only ever made positive life decisions; you're as normal as anyone".

 

 

Just because I emotionally beat myself up, well that's called a personality trait :P it's just me, not something that needs fixing, lol

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'I don't try to form new relationships anymore because I had bad luck with some past ones' is perhaps 'normal', but not particularly 'healthy'.

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'I don't try to form new relationships anymore because I had bad luck with some past ones' is perhaps 'normal', but not particularly 'healthy'.

 

It's also called "introversion" (although perhaps not the "once bitten" bit). :P

 

Forming new relationships is waaaaaaaay too much work for lazy people and introverts. Keeping up old ones is also nearly in that bucket. Some people might feel that this can be as healthy as those who form many useless relationships but get pleasure out of that.

 

Unhealthy might be more "I go out of my way to avoid forming new relationships" rather than just not making an effort to do it. But then, it might also be unhealthy in Scythes case. *shrug*

 

People are weird.

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'I don't try to form new relationships anymore because I had bad luck with some past ones' is perhaps 'normal', but not particularly 'healthy'.

And i recognised it, and am taking effort to try correct it.

 

Even if thats not a healthy response, it makes me feel better.

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