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peeking out from under the pile of everything [Sep. 3rd, 2013|09:35 pm]

Another three months since the last entry. Time flies when you're absolutely snowed under with Things To Do.

Phoned the garage today because the car has to go in for a service some time in the next week or so. In reply I got a recorded message saying "hi there, since the economy is still down in the toilet we've sold up and moved on, thanks for your business during the last few years".

This means I'm going to have to find a garage within walking distance of either home or work in a huge rush. (Preferably close to work as it looks like I won't be able to get any time off for my usual mid-September shuffling-the-car-and-bikes-from-garage-to-garage project).

So it looks like tomorrow lunchtime is going to be spent on the phone. That's if I even get an uninterrupted lunchtime tomorrow - an uncommon happening these days.

[User Picture]From: mthomas3
2013-09-04 03:25 am (UTC)
Errrrr... how many bikes do you have, anyway, that you need time off to move them all? Are you another Jay Leno? (famous-in-the-USA for his huge car collection)

Afraid I only have one bicycle. And only one garage, so never a need (or ability) to move my bike from garage to garage.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2013-09-04 06:29 am (UTC)
In this context, 'garage' means 'place I take a vehicle to get its oil changed and roadworthiness checked'. The traditional technique involved:

Take car to Parkside Motors. Walk home. Start trying to kick bike into motion. Teach neighbours a bunch of new words. Eventually get bike to Southern Suzuki. Walk home. Take battery in other bike off charge and put the air cleaner, seat and rear brake master cylinder back where they belong. Start bike. Wait for bike to warm up enough that it will run without the choke. Eventually get other bike to Southern Suzuki. Walk home. Wait until I get the 'all clear' from Parkside Motors. Walk to Parkside Motors. Pay for service. Take car home.

This all used to take the best part of a day. Unfortunately Parkside Motors has closed and I can't get any time off work, so the car will end up being dropped off at Mid City Motors on the way to work, and the bikes will end up at Southern Suzuki during the next couple of lunch breaks. (The bikes normally take a few days to get themselves checked over so will probably end up being collected later in the month).
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[User Picture]From: mthomas3
2013-09-11 11:46 pm (UTC)
I suppose I'm reassured that you do get your motorized transport checked annually, for your safety and that of those around you.

But you're more fond of your vehicles than I am of mine. (Ok, most people are.) I grumble about taking one and only one vehicle in for tune-ups, when my efforts are a tiny fraction of yours!
Vexing to have the convenient shop close, when you have so much vehicle moving to get done.
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