This is what I have learned over the past couple of days:
1) No matter how passionate you may be about politics, you can still be good friends with the other side.
2) When your mechanic looks at you and asks you if you would like him to go ahead and change the part out - even though you may have waited six weeks and feel frugal and prideful and regardless of how easy you think it'll be or he implies it'll be - suck it up and let him do it.
3) Despite the best laid plans, lightning trumps everything. Deal with it.
4) Some wine and some friendship can fix a lot of problems.
Thanks my peeps. I haven't been this frustrated in a long time and tonight really helped.