thanks for the responses. 90coupefromCanada- i've got about 106k right now...so I guess thats sort of in the ball park?
pecan2phat- wow, thanks A LOT for that story, thats definetly something I have to check out. stuff like that is the last think you want to be wrong, but sometimes its inevitable with a car thats so old. the simplest stuff seems to gets worn down from age and use. if the problem continues i'll have to look into these connections since i've been fiddling around the fuse box area from a recent stereo equalizer install and fog light switch install. hopefully i didn't fruck things up...