Thursday, February 19, 2009


Ugh. I have now completely lost hope. posted the grimmest news yet as regards the DragonBall movie coming out in just a couple of months now.

It's...rated PG.

That's right. The movie based on an anime/manga that gloried in fighting and blood and scantily-clad women and dirty old men has officially been Disney-fied as regards its parent material.


There are no words. This is...the opposite of awesome sauce. I guess that makes it suck sauce.

Anyway, on a brighter note, my car's transmission died yesterday. Suddenly, my car decided to just stop going. The engine still worked, but it was like trying to drive in neutral.

So, thanks to Dad, I'm in a rental until at least Monday -- when the transmission place tells me if they can overhaul it or not -- at which point we'll have to decide if I can keep my poor car or if I'm gonna have to sell a kidney to get a different ride.

My credit is atrocious -- do they make two-digit credit ratings? -- so it'll be...interesting, to say the least...if I have to look for something else. I'm pretty much down to a bike or, preferably, just walking. I'm only...what...four or five miles from work?


We'll see. Dad's made some hopeful suggestions, and things may be changing for the better at work, and I have some other feelers out if things aren't changing for the better at work, so maybe this is a good time to look up instead of down.

After all, as Billy Blanks says, "Keep your head up. You can't breathe when your head's down."

Oh, and my favorite quote of the day?

Thou shalt not kill the tattooed white lab rat.

You can think Kingdom Hospital and the lovely and vivacious Janice McManus for that one. Heheh.


At 8:24 AM, Blogger writtenwyrdd said...

Rotten luck! It might be simple, where you lost a screw connecting the gear shift to the tranny, or all the fluid leaked out. But, hating to be the bearer of bad tidings, my mechanical friend tells me that 9 times out of 10 it's the clutch assembly which means about a $3,500 repair. It'd be cheaper to replace the tranny. (He's an auto mechanic so he knows.)

Best of luck with that. I feel for you. I had to replace the entire rear end of my all wheel drive suv last summer to the tune of $2,600. Ouch.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Actually, it's about right in the middle of the price range. A bearing froze up and broke another part, so they have to replace the entire assembly.

So, instead of the $1500 they suggested as the cost to put in a new tranny, it's $1900 to put in a new tranny and fix what broke. My dad talked to them instead of me, so I don't know exactly what went whonky or why, but I know it's yet another car problem that is pretty bizarre.

I shouldn't complain, though. I've had this car since 2001, and until this year, it really hasn't given me any serious problems. Routine maintenance has been my only mechanic-type stuff.

But this year alone, the pan gasket on the engine bulged out the front, spewing oil out the front of my car and costing $500, and now the tranny. That's a lotta hooch in two months.


But at least I'll be getting my car back instead of having to get used to a different one with a different set of problems. I am glad about that. I love my car. It's been pretty good to me.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger writtenwyrdd said...

Still, ouch. The Saturn Vue I own has cost me a mint in repairs, but overall has held up well to the abuse I put it through via horrible roads and driving in unplowed snow conditions of a foot or more for MILES in the winter sometimes. I will hit 100k in a couple weeks on my 5.5 year old car. I hope to never buy another car ever until I retire in ten years. And if I do, it'll be a hybrid.

At 4:53 PM, OpenID soleilnoir said...

Sorry to hear about your car!

And *sigh* None of my friends believed me when I said that Dragon Ball the live action film was going to end up being a really bad idea. I hoped I was wrong, I REALLY did but...ugh. Goku looks like a surfer kid. Master Roshi doesn't have a hint of the pervy old weirdo we all loved and ...the dreaded rating PG. Definitely, sucksauce.

I will admit though ....G.I.Joe looks sweeeet. And if that blows too then at least I still have Watchmen. (Please live up to the hype, please live up to the hype, please live up to the...)

At 7:12 PM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Soleil, I knew we had more than words in common! DBE is gonna blow chunks -- sorry, Justin Chatwin, but seriously -- but GI Joe is gonna rock. They got Ray Park as Snake Eyes, so how can they go wrong?


I gotta wonder if they're gonna do a PSA at the end, though. Heh. "Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. GI Joooooe! A real American hero...GI Joe is theeeeere...GI Jooooooe!"

I am SO there.

As for Watchmen, yeah, I'm pretty hyped, but only because it looks awesome. I honestly didn't know a thing about it until I saw the trailer. Now that is a spectacularly well-done trailer.

Why couldn't FOX do DB right like that?

At 9:25 PM, OpenID soleilnoir said...

*gg* I swear when I read the mention of dragonball in your post I beamed until my cheeks were sore. I love finding writers who are also into anime. Especially since DBZ was my first and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Ray Parks as Snake Eyes was the best idea EVER. I'm also really looking forward to seeing Rachel Nichols' performance as Scarlett. She was great in Alias so I have high hopes for it. and *giggle* for the PSA.

While I'd heard about the WATCHMEN graphic novel before, I'd never read it myself either. It has a huge cult following though and I've been hoping some of my guy friends might have had a copy but no such luck. *shakes fist* One day perhaps. I agree the trailer was EPIC, I swear I've been playing "The Beginning is The End is The Beginning" by Smashing Pumpkins ever since I saw/heard it.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Especially since DBZ was my first and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Amen, sister. Amen. Actually, Fist of the North Star was my first, but that was long before I had any idea what I was watching, and its main attraction was that I'd never seen blood in a cartoon before. Heheh.

But yeah, DBZ rocks. I think that's why I'm so disappointed with what I've read about the DB movie thus far. If they're butchering it so badly, what're they gonna do to our beloved DBZ??


At 9:57 PM, OpenID soleilnoir said... it bad that I'm now hoping the movie does horrible at the box office just so that they don't get their grimy childhood-destroying paws on Vegeta?

At 10:37 PM, Blogger GutterBall said...

I knew it! I knew you were a Vegeta fan! Sometimes, I can just tell.

Me, I've always been fond of Goku, which is also part of why the DB movie is killing me. I kinda wish I was a Vegeta fan so I could put off the pain and anguish just a little longer.


My poor beloved Kakarot. At least the actor (from all I've read) has a real respect for the character and wants to do right by such an iconic, well-known and well-loved personage.

At 8:12 PM, OpenID soleilnoir said...

*g* what can I say? Gotta love a man with passion. ;)

And ouch. That's got to be rough for you. Thing is, I do really like Goku so I can completely understand. I've just been trying not to think about it too hard.

For your sake, I do hope that his parts are at least done right.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Me, too, but he can only do what the script says, and thus far, I've heard such atrocities as, "I don't know if I'm ready for this" (in the trailer) and "Dude, my bike!" (in an article by someone who may or may not be in the film).

Not. Encouraging.


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