It’s a beautiful day in my neighbourhood

Really, it’s quite nice outside at the moment. A little cold, but bright and sunny.

Yesterday was wicked busy outside of the office. To begin, I had to take the Protege5 to Mazda to get something minor fixed on warranty, so I had to get up early and get there for 8am to make sure I got the shuttle bus to work.

Anyway, they fixed the issue, but when they tested the car they noticed that my brakes were pulsing, which is a good indicator of brake wear. Turns out that my front brakes are near the wearline and my rotors are corroded, so they need to be replaced before I return the car. Blah.

Luckily, I have friends who know their way around brakes. So a buddy of mine offered to change the brakes and rotors for me in exchange for a case of beer. Sounds like a good deal to me. He’s the tech director for an upcoming KWLT show, and I’m pretty sure he’ll be calling in the favour when it’s time to build stuff. Not like I mind…I like building stuff.

After work, I called my insurance company to set the change in motion for my new Civic, which I’m picking up on Saturday. The first person I spoke to was incompetent and told me I needed to get more information from Honda. So I talked to Honda, got the info, and then called again. The second person was far more knowledgeable and helpful, and we got everything squared away. But man, it took awhile.

After that, I went out with a friend for dinner and to see Ice Age: The Meltdown. It was really, really funny. I think I enjoyed it more than the original, which was also pretty good.

So where does that leave me? In the home stretch with the Protege5, for one thing. It goes back on Saturday morning, which puts me on a four-day countdown. I’m more than a little sad about that. I got it washed on Sunday and I’m going to clean the inside on Thursday or Friday evening. I know I don’t really have to, but you know how it goes. Put things back the way you found them. Okay, well, it’s not going to be the brand-new car I picked up almost three years ago, but it’ll be as close as I can get it.

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Russ