I forgot to mention that our car (99 Toyota Camry) is in the shop. Two weeks ago Thursday I pulled into Holly's driveway and noticed how easily it slipped into park. Then how easily it didn't shift into any other gear after that. Problem: broken shifter cable. Thankfully with a little research and Mitch's stepdad on the phone, Mitch learned how to move the car: start the engine, put on the parking/emergency brake, get out and use a lever on the side of the transmission to put it into gear. It's a little unconventional, but it did save us an $80 towing bill! It's been at the garage now for a week and still no word. I've heard that the cable is expensive (over $100). Hopefully the labor won't be (it depends on how the cable is threaded). Something similar happened to my first car, but that car was a 5-speed manual transmission. 75 cents (not counting labor or the tow bill) replaced the pin in the gear shift. What a difference!
It has been interesting trying to get our family around to all the locations featured in the pictures in the previous post and to church the past two Sundays. Imagine: there are 9 people in our family and our truck "only" seats 8. Needless to say, we've been bumming lots of rides and pushing our kids off on my sisters-in-law! :) I'm thankful for the willing help, but I sure wouldn't want this to be a permanent solution!