Ok…funny story. part one. X-box is broken. The place on the island that fixed it last time….closed down? So….I call game stop to see if they can help me find a place to fix it and the man there tells me about this great guy in Jax that fixes game systems for very cheap..and that there was no one locally that would even look at an xbox 360.
So…I call this guy in jax. I tell him the prob…he says..."I know just what is wrong and I can fix it in 10 min." Good news right!!?? Well....he is one hour from my front door and I am not yet used to having to drive and hour to get to anything worth while? (except the beach!! ha ha h)
Terri was coming to babysit just to give me break and allow me to clean out the car and hit the grocery store etc. etc.…but I think….ok…I’ll just use the sitter to get this darn game box fixed.
The man - Kyle - told me it would be 30 bucks...that's a deal - last time I spent over a hundred to get it fixed...... and I needed some alone time. Who cares that it was in the car. And with that, I head down to Jax. 4:00 – Monday afternoon.
part two. Ange is getting ready to leave from their visit with us on Saturday and Zachary can’t find his favorite DS game. He was terribly sad.....Scared he would never see his game again....oh and we looked....We looked everywhere! It was just before they were getting ready to head to the airport and I felt so bad…but they had to go…and we could not find it.
I am sure you know where this is going…but back to the previous story.
I mapquest the address of Kyles business. I take 9A and get off Merril road. ( I say this only because the highway is familiar...but I have never had cause to get off this exit before...and for anyone local....they know what is coming!)
I can tell as soon as I exit that I am not in the most upscale neighborhood. And please know how much I am under exaggerating right now. NOT UPSCALE. I follow the directions…rights …lefts…further and further into the hood. I mean…where the hell am I going right. So I think…maybe this is a bad idea…it’s a game box? I'm now so very glad I don't have the kdis with me! Is my life not more important than a game box? And the answer came to me quite quickly….NO…I AM NOT! So I pressed on.
I get to the final address and it is the beat up house on cinder blocks in a terribly sketchy neighborhood. To make sure I am in the right place, I call Kyle. I ask him if he sees me out front and at that... his front door opens…yep…this is the place.
I get my phone in hand…ready to dial 911 if I need to….and head into the house. No air-conditioning? Lots of people living there. House was trashed - like nothing I have ever seen! I stood there with my sun dress, and my purple purse, looking like a deer in the headlights I am sure. Kyle takes my x-box and says…just have a seat…it’ll only take me about 10 min and I don’t want you to have to drive the whole way back here just to pick it up. Kyle was SUPER NICE and so was his mom…who got me water while I waited. Once they spoke to me...I knew I was ok! The fear was gone...phone is back in my purse!
Of course I am starting to realize that this is not an up and up business…and I have no cash. So I tell them this and I say that I will go in search of an ATM and be right back. They say OK…off I go…into the hood…lookin’ for money? After about 10 min of searching, I find a gas station that is all in bars….and it advertises….fireworks, cigars, BBQ, XXX and ATM. And as bad as the bars made me feel when I walked through the front door….the bullet proof glass and bars that were protecting the cashier – INSIDE – the store…scared me even worse.
I get my money…I leave….drive back to Kyle’s house….and he says….well Renee…I found your problem. You need to tell one of your kids that DS games to not work in the X-box! Yep…Zachary’s game was shoved in there by JOSH (I am sure) and the x-box is now fixed….I’ll send Zachary his game tomorrow….and I am alive!!
All is well that ends well...I SUPPOSE!! :)