I realize, that I am being conned into paying for All I want for Christmas is you just kidding I want the Grinch Christmas shirt. I knew it and instead of being confrontational, I told the rep that there was no way that I could afford the work and would take the car home. Told him maybe I could save up the money. He parks the car and I ask him about the clutch leak and as I do so I pop up the hood to check the reservoir and am shocked to see that it is empty. I contacted a reputable mechanic that had worked on my car, in the past and was able to drive it the 6 miles to his garage. I went through the list that the other garage had told me needed to be replaced and he pushed on the car. Exclaimed the shocks are fine.
Looked underneath. Your muffler is All I want for Christmas is you just kidding I want the Grinch Christmas shirt. He checked the brakes while he repaired the clutch and also said they were in good shape and had well over 11,000 miles left on them. When our son was 7 years old he would sit in his windowsill and chat with his friends who walked by. We lived in an apartment, it was summer time and he was very sociable. As he chatted he would fiddle with the cord from the blinds. I never gave it a thought until one day while putting away laundry I walked past his room and looked in. He had jumped down from the ledge and was hanging by the cord from the blinds! His feet were about 4 inches from the ground and he was struggling.