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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 09:01 am
  • My beautiful Lambert is back from the shop and very VERY shiny! My Tony Abbott bumper sticker is gone (Your Virginity is a Gift... and it's my birthday) which means [personal profile] maharetr can again drive my car without shame.
  • Yesterday I was struck by how vivid the red of the bottlebrushes were against the sky, the colour is amazing.
  • The lime tree has committed, I choose to believe this tiny green thing is a potential lime. I am so excited - we have to buy vodka!

Lambert back from the shop Bottlebrush in the sun Potential lime - yay!
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, July 18th, 2010 03:58 pm
I had forgotten all about the dude who rear-ended Lambert in North Fremantle when he took off behind me at the lights a lot faster than I was going. He was number #5.

#6 Erm. I backed into a car while reversing into my drive-way. No, seriously.

On the plus side, no injuries excluding the damage to my nerves (and everyone else’s) *waves soothingly at [personal profile] transcendancing and [personal profile] jspencer1986 * … and you thought the con was exciting :p

Details... )
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, March 31st, 2006 11:06 am
Cats all seem to like fish, so why are they unwilling to swim?

Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson. Tee Hee. It's so bad it's good.

Lambert is shiny and serviced and smells funny but they gave me minties so all is well. Man told same lie about front brake pads as last service, one day I will replace them... when they actually need it.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, March 10th, 2006 10:55 pm

Picked up Lambert, he is all shiny and has a brand new rear tyre cover (was accidentally upgraded when shop sent wrong type cover). My car is pretty and fixed and nice, nice man fixed accidental embarrassing damage that we aren't ever going to talk about ever again.

Went to rolling session - must take brownies nd a bad joke - took lamingtons and the Jesus and Moses playing golf joke. Did much rolling; still completely fuck it up sometimes but feeling very good about it. Want nose clip device for not inhaling water - have horror of doing it in Matilda Bay and accidentally snorting a jellyfish. Have very clean sinuses.

Went out for Chinese after and got told a very funny story about whitewater rafting on an inflatable crocodile.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 03:06 pm
Nice man says they are still waiting on 'bits' and may have to work on Lambert post-weekend. I get the car back for the weekend though. No sport for me this week. Wahh.

Nice lady at Canon offered to repair the S2 for free + parts which reduced the price to acceptable.. barely. Since the diagnosis was not covered by warranty due to excessive particles in the lens mechanism I'm a bit worried about how to store it to prevent future problems what with the camera case clearly being inadequate.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 02:33 pm
So the 8:30-11:00 assessment booked for Lambert today that was booked last week for next week turned out to be *next week* and now we've cleared up the minor problem of them having my registration number wrong the only thing left to muff up was the fact it was a 15 minute appointment and I could have driven down this morning then driven home instead of having poor [livejournal.com profile] juffles escort me down this morning then drop me there again in his lunch break.

Taking the rest of the day off!
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 08:29 pm
Not my fault this time!

Was rear-ended by a P plater on Stirling HWY, little damage done to me and mine but the other car was munched.
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Friday, May 6th, 2005 08:27 am
After hitting a 'roo and then a tree I was kinda hoping to build up to maybe running over a bit of grass once in a while.

Alas. I reversed away from a bus that seemed to want my bit of road quite badly and smacked into the (also trying to reverse) lady behind me.

The humans are fine but the vehicles are a little the worse for wear.


The sunrise was most beautiful today.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Saturday, December 25th, 2004 03:19 pm

Did Christmas eve with neighbours, we were all sitting around outside chatting then caved to the inevitable and organised a dinner party.

Christmas morning at dog beach BBQ's with massive clan of dog lovers - oh the running, fetching, sniffing and shameless mooching for bacon.

I have a car! Yups, Me. For those who care it's a 1999 TOYOTA RAV4 SXA11R Wagon Cruiser 5dr Man 5sp 4x4 2.0i and is dark green with silver bits. The woofer has given it the snuffle of approval (which involves still being able to drop damp tennis balls down my neck when I'm driving). Toyota gave me wine and chocolate too - the things I have to do to be wined and dined. Sheesh.

Now taking suggestions for names.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, December 13th, 2004 07:54 pm
A Finnish friend commented on the loss of my car..

Did you really hit a kangaroo? That's a very Australian way to lose your car. The next one you buy will become infested by wombats. Third stolen by rogue surfers. You should've reacted quickly and in the proper manner - run to buy a LOT of cooled boxes and a saw; cut the roo apart, send the meat to europe, buy a new car with the profit.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, November 8th, 2004 08:09 am

I bought a large, plush stuffed Nemo and spent my afternoon at work being approached by people who wanted to cuddle my fish. There is a $500 giant bear out there that I am *so* tempted to buy.. maybe I could put it on lay by and have permission to go in and cuddle it frequently.

Weekends should always be this good.

Friday night with Jazzie shopping, playing board games and failing to eat mangoes. Saturday at the beach (I swam and it was cold), testing driving an Impreza, being domestic and lying around sinfully reading. Sunday helping a friend move house and teasing him about the dust bunnies under his bed / desk / fridge and then more, more I tell you of the laying about reading.

Guess who got through five more books in the Vorkosigan saga by Lois Bujold. *looks terribly smug and a tad sleep deprived*

Was cruelly laughed at by [livejournal.com profile] ascetic_hedony when in a moment of incredible grace and coordination I managed to water myself as well as my new rose bush.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004 03:13 pm
Read more... )
Cyril is a blue 1978 Honda Civic
Past Owners:
Yvette Brown owned him for at least 5 years before me. She caught a bus to work so only used him on weekends.  1996 to 2001 ?
Sarah Ryan                   2001? to May 2003
            New battery early 2003
Kirsten Richards             May 2003 to September 2004
Tuned August 2003
Now also leaks over the front passenger seat
Has been known to grow grass in the foot wells
I would advise restricted travel in summer
              Me             September 2004 onwards
            New-ish battery from my old Laser Sep 2004.
From Sarah Ryan
Sarah Ryan: Paul's dad ( a mechanic ) has tinkered with Cyril over the last nine months. Other than choke ( see below) he's mechanically sound (Cyril, not Peter).
New Battery of summer 2003? Well, that would now be September 2004 anyway.
New halogen headlights last year - high beams very good. 2002
New water pump a few months ago. 2003 - remember to fill up the bag.
I've had him two years - fine with driving in Kangaroo country and up and down hills at night.
Last tune up was earlier this year. Last tune up was August 2003
CHOICE Cable broke today. Costs $15 for a new one. Until then he needs accelerator to warm up in the morning. (Automatic choke - very good when working)
Fuel, temperature gauges are all accurate,
Internal light works
Radio - sometimes you have to jiggle aerial
Immobiliser - light always flashes, it works some of the time (and always when you least expect it). - button under your sear to the front-rightish.
Sometimes door to the boot leaks
Spare tyre is fine, I recommend double checking this.
To open bonnet - lever under steering column to left.
Back seat folds flat for more boot space. (You can go to Ikea and buy bookshelves in this car.  It's astonishing!)
Close drivers door very firmly! (and lock it.  Might fly open even if it has been closed firmly - particularly when turning left sharply)
Gears are very wide (You'll see what I mean) so you can hit your passenger's knee if not careful.(or, you now have a fabulous excuse to fondle all your friends!)
Key to fill petrol (passenger side) - takes Super but if you use premium it runs better.
Has new water pump-radiator hardly ever needs topping up.
Oil - I check every week but I drive up and down many hills.
Bonnet opens backwards
All brake lights, indicators work fine, new headlights.
From Kirsten Richards
Cyril now also leaks over the front passenger seat and has been known to grow grass in the foot wells.
I used him to get to and from training with warm knees.  His temperature rises very rapidly, but this should be better with the new radiator fluid.  Stilll - I would advise restricted travel in summer.  Don't let him overheat because it is very bad for him.  Make sure you drink plenty of water in summer too.  I have contracted heat stroke while driving Cyril to Wil's house on one occasion.
If you can find a mechanic willing to bodge the choke for you that will probably also make a difference.  Note that the three reputable mechanics I spoke to believe that it is impossible to replace the choke and I was unable to source a suitable choke in Australia.
He will tend to run on after turning the engine off.  The carby is old and leaks fuel through, but he usually doesn't run on for too much longer. 
He's a good car that's had a long and fruitful life.  May he serve you well.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 09:31 am
Lo! On the seventh day after mighty labours did Cyril make loud noises. Thus did the Wobowikkles venture forth unto the world and visit her presence upon the deserving, the undeserving and the frankly bewildered.

He's small! He's cute! He's blue!

And he has the tiniest turning circle.

samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, September 6th, 2004 02:22 pm
Since [livejournal.com profile] cricketk kindly offered to pass on her ex-car in the hope that he will continue to run for a few more months, a fixing day was planned.

Those lucky enough to have friends like [livejournal.com profile] cricketk will already know about the joys to be had covered in engine grease on a rainy Sunday morning. Poor Cyril is still on the way to recovery and in consideration for his health I'll go easy on the details. Suffice to say he needs a little spark in his life.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004 08:22 am

I was out walking the woofer late last night; I came home up East St and three drunks staggered past me - one of whom shoves his way into my space, breathes on me and says "Gi's kiss love" far too many times.

To which I respond "No way get lost - and find some manners" while thinking about how easy it would be to damage him badly.

200 meters down the road I meet another drunk who begs me to call him an ambulance so I walk him to the telephone box and get him to make his own call in the firm belief that I don't know crap about why he's calling them in the first place.

The emergency services apparently tell him not to get violent on the people he wants evicted from his apartment and we stand about chatting for a little in the cold when I find myself thinking that while people jiggle a bit when they are cold, they rarely do it entirely right handed and decide to leave.

[livejournal.com profile] ascetic_hedony responded to this tale with hilarity and a complete lack of sympathy, I have got to work on my helpless female alone at night act cos no way are the police going to believe it wasn't deliberate at this rate..

Aaand even better - A wrecker offered me $500 for the laser - that's 1/8 of it's initial worth and with the $0.60 I found in the car I'm almost making a profit!
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Monday, August 30th, 2004 09:32 am

Friday night: Driving driving driving - BIG GREY ROO SHAPED THINGY BLAM! aaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAHH.   Tiny, calm inner voice: Your brakes have locked. Take foot off, put foot on, pull over to side. Shake lots. Admire cloud of steam.

Doofus says it took no time at all and what I actually said was "Fuck" so all the screaming was in my head.

Drove South late Friday night and hit a big grey 'roo on the Albany highway about 50kms out of Armadale. The 'roo was toast, which was a relief as I have no idea how to administer mercy and was dreading finding it gasping out it's last pain-filled breaths. Had an awful vision of having to sit nearby knowing I was responsible for slow dying agony. That being said carrying it off the road was no fun either.

Have never killed anything before - mosquitoes don't count - it was self defence and I was afraid for my life! *cries like a girl*

Of the eight cars that drove past in the next two hours, six of them stopped and offered assistance. Am feeling very good about the rest of the world right now. The third one even had a mobile telephone with coverage with which I called a tow-truck and we then spent a cosy hour playing Animal, Mineral or Vegetable? and assuring passersby that we were OK. Doofus failed to get "Armadillo" until I was reduced to giving steadily less cryptic clues. Hehe. "Dave" the truck driver was a lovely man who told stories about terrible accidents he had visited all the way home then undercharged me for the tow. Sad to say: 3rd party, fire and theft does not cover furred parties (tee hee), does not cover towing. Backpay covered towing, currently own expensive pile of scrap metal. 

Left SMS's for people who might be able to drive me the next day then crawled into bed.