Driving home from work (and the NEX and the commissary) last week the clutch went out on my faithful old Jeep. So I hobbled back down the hill and left him at the Autoport and there he has sat since. Something you barely think about when moving overseas are all the support functions that will be unavailable. I haven't gotten a pedicure since January, I can't find my shade of CC cream, they don't sell yoga mats at the NEX, and now my car is considered "foreign" and if something breaks I have to order it from the states.
Thankfully my XO was back in the states and was able to expedite the process of receiving parts, they arrived today, but it was still a pain in the butt. Partly because I couldn't use my credit card to order the parts online and have him pick them up in the store. Why you ask? Because my billing address is an FPO and Pep Boys doesn't support that because they "don't ship overseas." I about lost my bananas on the lady who told me that on the phone. APO/FPO addresses are American addresses, but not even writing a strongly worded email to their customer support seems to have made a difference. Did you know that Pep Boys was founded by three Navy buddies? They should definitely support troops overseas… but they don't and from the polite-ish email I got back, they don't intend to.
Regardless, the car should be fixed tomorrow and I'm so grateful. Being sans transportation has really clipped my wings. I've been lucky enough to have friends drive me to and from work, but I'm completely dependent on their schedules and am pretty much stuck at home once I'm there. Not that I go out every night or anything, but it would be nice to have the option of going out.
If all things go as planned I will be back on my own wheels tomorrow.
**UPDATE** Yeah that didn't happen. My parts were delayed 4 more days because of weather. I finally caved and rented this little number.