Happy Thursday

May 26, 2010 · 3 comments

I will NOT be one of those bloggers who blogs about why he hasn’t been blogging.  I won’t.

Not much new to report on this end, dear reader.  Work is still busy as sh*t.  I’m struggling a bit with some ego stuff, but not overmuch.  Definitely looking forward to a three-day weekend.  I don’t know how much I’ll have to work (they don’t celebrate Memorial Day in Taiwan), but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get out into the woods and climb a mountain or two this weekend.

I have a date tonight in Nyack, which I’m looking forward to.

I don’t know:  things are pretty good.  I owe Didi an email and Emily a return phone call.

No dice on the car thing on Monday.  The Mini dealership appraised my car at $5500, and I still owe $11k on it.  I test-drove a 2007 Mini for $18.5k and was pretty much ready to buy it, but the salesman didn’t want to deal.  I’ll spare you the details, but I spent about 2 hours with him going over the same financing (and other) stuff that I explained to him in the first five minutes of our conversation.  While he was working on not getting a sale out of me, he let someone else take care of the person who showed up for an appointment with him.  I saw a wedding band on his finger and wondered how exactly he manages to feed his wife.

When we were pretty much through with the ordeal (I’d been awake for around 24 hours at that point), he asked “is there anything else I can do for you?”  To which I replied, “yes, you can get me a service manager to give me an estimate on fixing my trunk” (the one that fell off).

The kid came out and told me that it would cost about $300 labor and $60 for the hinges to fix it and that he’d be done in a couple of hours.  He came out a couple of hours later and told me I needed to spend another $126 for the locking mechanism, which was broken.  After THAT ordeal was done, he proceeded to tell me he’d “give me a good price” on pulling the dent out of my trunk.  I told him I’d think about it.

That ordeal was about 3 hours long.  Five hours at the Mini dealership; will I ever learn?  I watched ALL of Hitch while I was in the waiting room.  Some of it was pretty funny, and damn, was that chick Allegra hot.

So I have about 11 days left to shop around for a new car – otherwise the multiple checks will show up on my credit.  There’s a nice 2008 Mini at Morristown Mini with 8k miles on it for about the same price as the one I looked at before.  On paper, it looks like I can swing that, even with being a bit upside-down on my current vehicle.  I don’t know if I want to deal with another schmuck salesman who doesn’t want (or maybe know how) to make a sale.

We’ll see.  It’s not in the cards for me in the next couple of days.  Date Thursday night; Friday night is a possibility; Saturday through Monday I hope to be mostly in the woods or at barbeques, and then it’s back to the grind of Taiwan proxy season.  These next couple of weeks are going to be pretty ugly for me.  But that’s all good:  it’s what I get paid for.

So anyway, I hope your week has been going well, dear reader.  I personally can’t believe it’s Thursday already.

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Lauren May 27, 2010 at 06:43

Maybe his wife feeds him. :)


niceguyted May 27, 2010 at 10:51


(He was pretty skinny, though, so I don’t know that she’s doing all that great either.)


Brian May 27, 2010 at 09:04

Maybe he went to Vermont and married a man who makes a ton of cash.
Eva Mendes is super hot BTW


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