Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I've always detested door to door salespeople. I have a "my home is my castle" attitude, and though I don't have a mote, I wish I did. I don't like having people come to my door to push religion (last week), sell investments (Monday), or lawn care (today). But perhaps my mood is changing....
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I could never afford a Mercedes-Benz. Even when I worked at the Whatcom Humane Society and we had a raffle for a really old Mercedes, I couldn’t afford the raffle tickets. It seems that Mercedes ownership will forever be beyond my reach. Thus I bought a Smart car. Mercedes-Benz designed it, I think. Either that or it was designed by a guy who used to drive a Mercedes-Benz, or played a Mercedes owner on TV. Anyway, the Smart car equals about one fourth of a Mercedes, both is cost and in dimension.
In my first conversation with someone from the Smart Center in Seattle, I asked about service. I was told that it only requires an oil change every 10,000 miles, or once a year. Given that we bought a 2008 model, I began to wonder about the status of the engine oil. The car had less than a thousand miles on it, but had been put in service in 2008. I called the Smart Center and was told that we should change the oil.
Where to get an oil change….
I wanted to be Smart about this, so despite the fact that there are a gadzillion places that will do an oil change within a stone’s throw of our house, I chose to drive to Liberty Lake to the Mercedes-Benz dealer. After all, Mercedes-Benz designed it. Either that or it was designed by a guy who used to drive a Mercedes-Benz, or played a Mercedes owner on TV.
Evan rode along with me this morning. He came along to mock me, apparently feeling that my usual degree of second guessing bordering on self-loathing was not adequate. As I checked in, Evan pointed to the sign above the tastefully appointed desk: We service all makes and models. Yes, they do. Even Smart cars.
The coffee here is served in stainless steel carafes in the spacious, airy waiting area. I am reveling in the air of quiet confidence in this setting that accompanies owning a Mercedes-Benz, or at least bringing any make or model here for an oil change. I feel so Smart.
My bill is how much?!!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sally finished pruning the fruit trees yesterday. She started last weekend with the apricot trees, and then finished the plum, cherry, pear and apple trees this weekend. Sally is always eager for Spring, and lives out the hope that gardeners and orchardists around the world embrace. Whether flipping through seed catalogs, starting bedding plants in a south window, or pruning the trees and bushes, getting into the process in February seems a good way to hurry the change of seasons along.