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My wife and I may have finally found a replacement vehicle for the one destroyed in her accident a couple of weeks ago. She’s going to go test drive it today, if all goes well.

There are two primary reasons why she’s going to test drive it. First and foremost is that since she will be the one most using it, she must be comfortable with driving it. Second is that I have the training and skill to drive anything that can be legally used on US roads, so I’m not worried about what we end up with.

After getting our insurance settlement on the car, we determined that we had a budget of about $15k USD to spend on a replacement vehicle. The car we found is around $12k USD. It has a very favorable Carfax report, so we’re hopeful this is the end of our trial. I’m crossing all of my fingers (and yes, I am still able to do that, even with the arthritis in my hands! LOL!).

Personally, I’d have preferred a hybrid or an EV (all electric vehicle) – but even used cars in those categories seem to still be out of our price range, since we’re unwilling to finance anything we KNOW will go down in value. It’s just being smart about how we spend our money.

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This is something I struggle to remind myself of with every challenge my wife and I face. We only succeeded in getting a rental car 3 days ago, because every time we tried to make a reservation the local dealership told us they didn’t have a car available. Despite such setbacks, we did manage to make progress towards replacing our car, by getting our insurance claim filed. My wife also decided that she wanted to pursue a lawsuit against the guy who hit her.

She made that decision (as I understand it) because of the official report from the Sheriff’s Department on the circumstances of the accident. It seems that at the exact time that she was attempting to make a left turn off of a 2-lane road, the truck that hit her was attempting to pass at least 3 vehicles, hers at the front. Someone with a massive entitlement complex thought he was in a hurry and couldn’t wait for safe passing conditions.

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This last week has been a challenge for us. We’ve still not succeeded in getting a rental car (but we have finally a reservation for Tuesday morning) – and because I’ve pushed myself trying to pick up the slack where my wife had trouble from the car accident, we’ve both been pushed into “coping mode” just to try to get through. Getting the car rental will help a great deal, as that will enable us to begin a proper search for a replacement car. We’ve looked at sites like Vroom and Carvana – but honestly we want something we can pay cash for in full, and those sites are entirely tailored to locking you into a monthly payment. The cars on those sites are at least $5K USD more than we want to spend. So, we’ll keep looking.

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One of the worst moments of my life . . .

Yesterday my wife took the day off to take our vacuum cleaner to a repair shop to find out why it wasn’t working correctly. Because she had to travel to a larger nearby city, while she was there she visited a health food store to get some things that we normally buy whenever we’re over there. While she was doing all of that, I was here at home trying to get some sleep.

At about 1530 (3:30pm) I heard the phone ring. When I answered it, a woman asked if she was talking to me. I assured her she was, and her reply sent chills down my spine. “Mr. Pope, I’m a nurse at the hospital ER, and we have your wife here – she’s been in an auto accident.”

Before I get any farther – I want to be clear that although she has many bruises and is in considerable pain, my wife suffered no major injuries and was released shortly after that phone conversation. However, it seems that our car was damaged enough that expectations are not high that it can be repaired at a cost comparable to it’s value, and all of the groceries she bought were ruined by getting left in the car. We have no idea if the vacuum cleaner survived.

Because it was Friday afternoon, we couldn’t get to any car rental agency before they closed – and because it is a holiday weekend we probably can’t get to one before Tuesday morning. We also can’t contact our insurance agency to file a claim until Tuesday morning, which leaves us mostly house bound for the balance of that time.

Even though we had to scramble to adjust our expectations for this weekend, we’ll be alright. Mostly I’m just glad to still have her here, to listen to my awful jokes.

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We’ve had an eventful year so far.

We discovered that an invasive vine had infiltrated our shrubbery outside of our home, and was trying to turn our home from a nice clean “European Continental” look into an “English Manor” look. At one point the vines managed to climb all the way up to the eves of the house. After consulting a few different contractors, who each had different approaches to dealing with the problem, we ended up spending nearly $2,000 USD to eliminate the vines completely. In doing so, we also had to sacrifice our bushes.

I’ve also been binge watching several shows that deal with individual survival in the wild. One in particular was “ALONE” – and while I respected all of the contestants who appeared in the show, what caught my attention was how the show contrasted the caloric intake of the contestants with the amount of calories they were expending just to try to survive. Since I’m not in a situation where I can reduce my caloric intake any further, I decided that I need to increase my daily caloric burn if I want to loose weight. That was when I saw a documentary where I observed a medical Doctor who had a “walking treadmill” in his office, which he used while writing reports in between seeing patients. I talked to my wife about that idea, and she told me that her library had one “walking treadmill” in the public area of the facility, and she’d used it a few times and thought it was a good idea. So we ordered one. It arrived yesterday.

Unfortunately, my wife was experiencing back pain when it arrived, so it fell to me to unpack the treadmill and get it set up. That process alone was a major exercise workout, but I got through it. I suffered a couple of minor injuries while doing so, to my left elbow and left hip. Using this treadmill will be something that progresses on a gradient. I’m still convinced that it is a good idea.

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How convenient that the President of the USA has tested positive for Covid-19, just at the time when national support for the vaccine has reached an all-time low. In the immortal words of fictional detectives throughout history – follow the money.

I’d almost be willing to bet that either President Biden, or someone close to him, has a huge investment in at least one of the companies that produce the Covid-19 vaccine. I’ll leave it to you to check the facts.