The car issue is looking to have a much better outcome than I thought possible. Dad found a bargain on a used engine with less than 5000 miles on it. Clean as a baby's butt. Well, cleaner. It's in incredible condition - has been sitting in a warehouse in Dallas for some time, and it's dusty, but it's slick as a whistle inside and has the original factory oil filter on. Dad's driving it up today and the nice wrecker man from Friday night is bringing LouLou to a shop at Nearby Midling Burgh about 9AM. I may be able to pick her up on Monday. Huzzah! So, to recap: less than 72 hours after my car went kaput (and about a day after my dad drove out to my place and confirmed it was kaput), my dad had a new engine sitting in the back of his truck and ready for delivery to the folks who will replace it. Riding in with the cavalry comes to mind, except my dad is (and always has been) the cavalry all on his own.
I had been crossing my fingers that LouLou would make it all the way through school for me, and then I could save up dosh for a new car in 2016 once I can legally poke people with sharp things for money. If this new engine works out well, I may be able to drive LouLou much longer than I'd dared to hope. This actually eases a bit of anxiety I've had in recent times. Maybe that's why I try to cram so much into every day, lately. I feel like I've got to work so hard to keep my mud in a ball. And I really felt I'd let myself down (and let my folks down) by possibly being to blame for its demise. This bothers me immensely.
While I'd prefer not to go through this at all, it looks to have a very good ending. Thanks to my brilliant Pop for making it all work out. He is such a great person. Really, both my parents are. I suppose(and I hope) that most people have folks who would do anything in the world to bail out their kids in a moment of need, but I really think my parents are incredibly rare in that way. I can say without question that if there is any merit to me as a person, I owe it directly to them. I mused to a sibling recently that I wouldn't trade our folks for any wealth or possession on earth. I really think we lucked out and got our inheritance up front by having such amazing folks.
Thanks for helping me out, Dad, and Mom, too. Y'all are the best and I love you very much.