Something I haven’t mentioned here is the fact that my beloved Mercedes 190E died this summer. The day after I got back from London unofficially, a few days before July 1st officially. It was going to take a lot of work to get it back on the road and in good shape. I had been wanting to get some bodywork done to it, and was driving it out to a shop to get an estimate when it really died.
Nuts, no car. I don’t drive nearly as much as I used to, but having no car in these parts isn’t all that great. A few days later, Mike and I agreed to do a trade; his Mercedes 380SE that he had been working on for some cash and my 190E. Despite the 380SE being a land yatch and addicted to gasohol, I went for it thinking it may just be a stop-gap car.
Its stop gap was even shorter than I thought it would be. The car really was too big for me, so much so I couldn’t even maneuver it properly. Oh yeah, and she likes the gas something awful with that V8 3.8L engine kicking back the litres like they’re sixty-seven cents each again. Time to look for something else.
At first I entertained the idea of a new car. Thoughts of moving to England in the future steared me away from that idea. Used it is. There’s not a whole lot of half interesting used cars here. All the ’95 Cavaliers and ’92 Oldsmobiles you could want though.
Last Wednesday when driving home from doing laundry, I thought I would take a look at some of the car lots I usually don’t look at – Hillside, Fair Isle (where I had stumbled upon the 190E), Walter Piccots and finally Reliable Motors. I have bought something from Reliable before too, my first car. A 1990 Nissan Stanza. Guess what, they have another.
It didn’t seem in too bad of a shape for a car that by all means should have rusted away sometime three to four years ago. My dad and I took it out the next day to have an inspection estimate done. The damage was decent, but wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The usual suspects: brakes, tires, exhust, gas tank (which I had to replace when I bought my first Stanza as well). I thought the car just might be worth the cheap asking price. I’m only looking for it to last about a year.
I left work early today and picked up the car. It drove ok-ish on Thursday, and even better today with air in the tires and a quarter tank of fresh petrol. It’s currently at a garage awaiting its second inspection estimate. It’s white (meh) with dark blue interior (huazh). It’s got a tape deck that none of the buttons work on, not even the Dolby button. Next up, to sell the 380SE.
Now more entertaining things. I started playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance this evening, a surprise present from Pat that he gave to Kyle to deliever while he’s here visiting. The learning curve from regular style RPGs wasn’t as much as I thought it would be, and Clan Bournemouth is moving along nicely.
Last night Kyle, Adam and I went and saw the Oscar nominated film for best film of all time: Snakes on a Plane. It’s everything we could of ever hoped it to be. Every “oh no they won’t”, oh yes they did. *Lights turn out* “snakes!”. Brilliant.
Yesterday I also stopped into Indigo to see if they got any more work by Henry James in. Two more titles than what they had last time, but still no Turn of the Screw. I did however pick up Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations for $4.99. I’ve been wanting to read some Dickens as well, and I spend that much on chicken figers a day.
Oh yes, I also acquired the new Kasabian album, Empire. It sounds quite different from their debut album. It’s not an instant “this is the bomb”, more of a grower. I’m enjoying it for the moment.