Some of my worst memories involve my cars. So after running into some hitches with my latest car I started reminiscing about my past cars. Stop. Reminisce means to "indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events." That's not what I'm doing. I'm recalling.
I got my first vehicle on the road when I was 23. It was a 1981 BMW 320i and I was thrilled. I had to get it inspected before I could register it and after a couple problems I was driving it back to Lacombe from Red Deer. I thought I would stop and fill up before leaving the city. That's when I discovered the leak at the top of my gas tank. Then it was the fuel pump. Then it was a short on my battery connection. Then it was my starter. Then I smashed it into an oncoming tractor trailer. RIP.
My second car was purchased with my new fiancée, Amber, just before we wed. It was a 1997 Toyota Tercel. Insurance was insanely high because of the ice I skidded that wrecked my first car. We near Edmonton Centre and then in Montreal, but when we moved to tiny Spruce Grove a thief broke into the car and wrecked the lock in our driver door.
Number three was our little 2001 Kia Rio in Guatemala. We drove it for nearly three years and had zero problems with it. The only real time it gave me stress was on a 2-day trip to El Salvador where I got my first flat tire abroad which meant figuring out where to repair it (it turned out that it was just around the block and cost me US$1). And then as we were leaving El Salvador, an insane man attacked our right rear fender with his foot, efficiently denting it.
Our latest wheels are imported from BC and Germany before that. It's a 2000 Audi A4 that we got for a good price. Sadly the troubles began early on as the mandatory out of province inspection declared that it needs about $3000 worth of work. Good times.
A couple days ago I had to pick up our vehicle in BC and drive it to Red Deer. The trip took me on much much of the road that I cycled five years ago when I crossed Canada. It was the first time back on this section and the memories just flooded back. I was amazed at how nothing on the road was unfamiliar; there was a preternatural knowledge of every hill and twist.
Upon my return to Canada, I find myself marveling at how easily I am able to adjust to my new life (mind you, I'm not working yet).
The traffic is regulated by laws.
The internet is lightning fast.The electricity doesn't blink off.
It is dead quiet at night (and mostly during the day too).I can use my credit card everywhere - so no cash in my pockets.DVDs can now be purchased as low as $3 in bargain bins.I can drink beer and wine (in moderation of course).There are no bugs in my bed.There is hot water in the taps.I can flush toilet paper down the toilet.The public library offers thousands of books and hundreds of movies on loan for free.I can check out groceries by myself at Save-On Foods.
Not having to have my guard up against theft.The sky is huge.There is a dishwasher in our house.My shower has pressure.The post office has regular and frequent hours of operation.The radio stations offer a wide array of music and news items.My family can call me on their first try dialing.The local movie theatre has films in English.We have grass on our front lawn.The fresh fruit can be bought easily without bruises and rot.Everything has price tags.
The opportunity to build a relationship with almost everyone you buy from (from the gas jockey to the chafa salesman).Bargaining prices down if I felt so inclined.Not being conscious or fearful of ever getting a speeding ticket.Cheap and tasty street food.The gorgeous mountains and greenery.Being able to practice my Spanish and the challenge to learn on a daily basis.The friendliness of everyone I met.
This is my fourth Apple computer. I bought the iMac G4 (the one with the swivel screen on top of the half globe) way back in 2002. I sold it and replaced it with an iMac G5 in 2005. In 2003, I also purchased a 12" PowerBook to use at work and for travel.
Now, I have the newest iMac and wow! does it rock.
2.8 GHz Dual Core Intel ProcessorI could probably have made due with my G5, but with the bonus of a free iPod and printer and the incredible ease that video editing now becomes plus the fact that I can get another 3 years of Apple Care, I think it's well worth forking out the extra $1000 after selling the old one.
2 GB of RAM
500 GB Hard Drive
Dual Layer DVD Burner
Built in iSight camera & decent speakers
Sleek new keyboard and mighty mouse
So here I am blogging from the thing!
More on the iMac later.
We flew in to Edmonton on Friday night with over 460 lbs of luggage. We flew over bright yellow canola fields and around thunderstorms before landing and meeting my sister and bro-in-law. As we pulled out onto the highway, bright rainbows had settled onto Leduc and Nisku.
My son turned 3 today. We left Canada when he was 2 1/2 months old.
The funniest thing isn't only that it takes forever for this conversation to happen. It's that he talks so slow! "Le haaaaaa-bla Donnnnnnn Mi-guelllll."
Zaak: Good evening Miguel.
Miguel: Mr. Miguel is talking to you.
Zaak: Hi Miguel. I can lock the gate tonight.
Miguel: Can you lock the gate for me tonight?
Zaak: Yes, I can.
Miguel: Would you do me the favour?
Zaak: Certainly. Yes.
Miguel: Well, thank you.
Zaak: No problem. Good night.
Miguel: Same to you.