Lesson of the week in Little Pond: Brakes are good. Almost no brakes, bad.
Because I had guests coming to town over the weekend, I scheduled the repair for Monday.
Wrong move. Not only did I not have a car to use for my guests, but I also drove around on pins and needles, waiting for the darned things to fail.
My guests had to provide the transportation, and my nerves were shot by Sunday night. I can feel my neck tightening even as I type.
After diagnostics and a new brake line to the back drums, I had the pleasure of speaking with the mechanic on the Yellow Team (Don't you have a team color? Oh, you must get one...) who discussed how they felt to him. We compared notes and chatted a while, and I left feeling a little smarter and completely relieved.
And about $250.00 lighter. Geos are cheap to run, but expensive to repair in these parts.