Being i drive a car with a manual transmission, there is no "park" on the gear shift. I've been told most people park in first gear, and while that may be true, it just feels "wrong" to me. There's a reason the parking brake is called the "parking" brake, and besides, what better pleasure is there than zooming after the final turn just to slam on the brakes a few feet later, shift to neutral, turn off the engine, and *yank* that parking brake up. It gives a bit of oomph to it all.
First gear is a bit of a standard though. I've let others drive the car, and when they do, they usually do that first-gear thing unless i warn them otherwise. Then when i go to drive, first it feels funny that the brake isn't up (to be released), and then i get a most unwelcome jerk-forward-and-stall. Arg! That idiot! Why can't he just use the parking brake?! Then again, once or twice i drove with the break on for a bit. Hey, it happens.
I did use first gear a couple times anyway, when on an incline that the parking brake couldn't handle. But that's rare, and i wonder if it was just because the parking brake had worn down a bit.
Well, just recently, the parking brake stopped working. Its goes up and down, and the light goes on, but no brake is noticeable. The break broke. Now, i'm using the first-gear trick and slipping between being okay with it and grumbling at the situation, even deabting at times if i need to use it at all in certain areas.
Yesterday, i got a long overdue oil-change and asked the mechanic to take a look. He charged forty-one dollars for the half-hour of work (besides the oil change charge) and as the bill says "may need rear calipers" (whatever those are). He added that should i get it fixed, what i paid today will be put towards the final cost.
When i got into the car, the parking brake is all the way up (the light is on too) and i can't seem to budge it. I'm thinking about getting it fixed on Monday, after i decide that i really need it.
I'm sure there's some irony here, if only i cared to find it.