Thursday, August 17, 2006


It cost $187 to repair my scooter after Monday's little incident, partly because while it was there I had the mechanics fix a couple of other little niggling problems. This was an unexpected expense in a financially tight month, but the results have been worth it.

- The brake pads have been replaced. The scooter used to slow with a juddering gait, and screech and squeal like a toddler being denied its 400th viewing of 'Madagascar'. Now it glides smoothly to a halt with an almost eerie silence.

- The headlight has been fixed. Now I can ride at night.

- The indicator switch has been repaired, so that the indicators actually flash instead of just glowing. It means that other drivers actually see them now. It also means that I'm less likely to leave them on, and putter down the highway signaling a nonexistent turn like a bewildered pensioner.

- And as an unexpected bonus, the missing lens on the right indicator has been replaced, which doesn't really affect anything, but makes the scooter look less like an old banger. I didn't ask them to do it, but I'm not going to complain now that it's done.

Bringing all this into perspective, however, is the fact that The Flatmate picked up his brand new car yesterday. It's a sparkling white Hyundai Getz, absolutely clean and absolutely unblemished, without a trace of dust on the dash, or fingerprints on the glass, or dullness on the chrome or scuffs on the rubber. Parked in the garage, it makes the scooter and the Golf look like a couple of dowdy Midwestern housewives watching a glamorous actress swan down the red carpet outside the Academy Awards.


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