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Keeping Champagne

weather: cloudy
outside: 12°C
mood: *sigh*
I'm keeping Champagne now. I'm weak.

The Mother-In-Law had plans to sell the café in Taiwan but it's all up in the air now. Originally, they were just going to call it a wrap after the summer vacation season, but the typhoon had pretty much destroyed the entire 五峰鄉 hotsprings area, so she'll be back in town in October and she might be back to stay this time. The userinfoHusband Guy, Brother-In-Law Dude and I, share her Gas Guzzling Monster on an as-needed basis right now. If she's coming back here, then she'll no doubt be using it. In that case, I may actually need Champagne, at least on the weekends.

Things I need to do to get my girl cleaned up:

<input ... > Major maintenance. About $900 of work and we're still not done yet. I'd have to get this done anyway and she needs to pass AirCare to renew the insurance which is up in October.

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AirCare. $23. Passed with flying colours. I'm way below the average passing levels of everything and I'm at least one order of magnitude below the maximum allowable values. Champagne almost doesn't even register.

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Insurance. Storage coverage is ~$200 a year. Full driving coverage is about $1500. I may just get single day insurance (~$30) for the days I need to drive. As nice as The Heather Lady is at the Autoplan place, I wish I could do this online, pay by credit card and just print out the tag thing to stick up on my back window.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
You know, I just think that breaks are over-rated. Just start coasting a little earlier than you'd break. It'll be fine.
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
true, until there's something in front of you.
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)
Fly. Ointment.
Sep. 20th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more of cement trucks hitting their full brakes, trams and the like.
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Then I just roll down the window, scream "NO BRAKES!! NO BRAKES!!" and that should work =D =D
Sep. 20th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
Exactly! You are most perspicacious. I admire that.
Sep. 20th, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC)
I can only think of 2 things at the moment:

  • I'm so glad there's no chance of me meeting you people in traffic, unless you rent a (well-maintained) car over here.
  • You would never survive Dutch traffic, where the average car drives between 120 and 150 kph with about 1 to 1.5 (small) car-length in between.
  • d2leddy
    Sep. 20th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
    So true.

    I hear Italy is even worse. However, nothing as of yet beats emelynsusanl's descriptions of driving in Mexico City.
    Sep. 20th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
    Trust me, the 1 car length hole is a normal maximum, because if it is any bigger, people will edge in.

    To be honest, people will change lanes into spaces that they would find to small if they were parking.

    Italy is worse with people passing on both sides, and having very curvy roads. The dutch however drive faster and have a higher car per square inch ratio.
    Sep. 20th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
    As add on, Driving in Germany is really peacefull, even though most people drive between 160 and 230 kph. They keep their distance.
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