Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The California years

I have a headache, Child Three is home with stomach flu, and I'm up to page 27 of a total of probably 30 pages finished with all 29 pages of the "By the Book" treatment, so I can afford a blogging break.

In California, Elvi drove a Honda CRX. Once Child One became a reality, we needed something bigger, so I finally fulfilled my dream. I got myself a used silver/gray Honda Civic sedan (fourth generation). (There will be a photo of blog pioneer Justin Hall's '88 Civic up there once Blogger returns to full functionality.)

Other than an electrical problem that I had repaired, this car worked like it was supposed to, and that's all you can ask for. Toward the end of my time with it, a black widow spider built a web under the block and laid her eggs there. That freaked me out.

The left rear corner of the car had suffered damage when an agressive woman rear-ended me as I slowed to turn into the pediatrician's complex with Child One. She had the gall to get out of the car and yell at me for slowing down on a street, as if I didn't have brake lights or a turning signal. I got a generous settlement from the insurance company, but didn't fix the car.

I sold the car in 1997, before we moved back to Montreal. Given what I paid for the Civic initially, and subtracting the insurance settlement and the $700 I sold it for, it had cost me about $300 to "rent" it for three years.

I was going to use this post to segue into the minivan era, but my head hurts too much. More next time.


Blogger Naila J. said...

Congrats on finishing "By the Book".

I have a question... how do you get started, writing, when you have an idea?

March 14, 2006 6:41 PM  

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