My grandfather is cheap like that. The only expensive stuff he has are his house and his car. Very, very wealthy, but you go to his enormous, luxurious house and the soaps in the bathrooms are stamped "Holiday Inn." He drives his Jaguar to pizza buffets.
Actually, his extraordinary stinginess is one of the reasons we're not particularly close. He completely cut my mom off when she got married (she was super young and he hated my dad), and this continued when my parents divorced. My dad basically vanished, so we were teetering on the edge of Welfare while my mom worked, put herself through school, and raised two kids, and my grandfather did approximately dick to help us out, despite being wealthy enough to own luxury cars, beach houses, etc. I'm not saying he should have paid our way or anything - my mom made the decisions that got her to where she was - but it's pretty galling to look back on how little he cared to help us.
Originally Posted by in stitches
MrG, ugh, i hate arguing with most mechanics. sucks to have to spend unneeded $ too. sorry, mang.
Thanks, Stitch. Turned out okay. We got her an appointment, and they got it done in about 45 minutes with no hassle. Not thrilled about spending the money, but at least it was taken care of pretty painlessly.