Car service successfully wrangled; since it was the dealer the charge was high & I feel ripped-off - but now I have new rotors, pads & shoes. My contact in the Service Dept, like last year <1>, was Dwayne, who in the movie of my life will be played by Nicholas Cage. Riding the bus was educational - it was my first time on the local system (VTA) - both buses had new-smelling interiors, done up in a very pleasant blue motif. The downside was this system doesn't do transfers! Instead, the one-day pass priced at slightly more than two tickets is available. The immediately obvious positive attribute of this system's buses is the cow-catcher rig they've got attached in front - it folds down to hold a bicycle or two.
What's happened with the kiwi fruit? Almost invariably, wherever I go over the past week or two, they've been hard & unripe. I eat one a day, with my shredded wheat in the morning, and I spend a lot of time in the produce section selecting the best kiwis. These are slightly (but not too) squishy. You can try buying them hard, in hopes that, like bananas, they'll ripen eventually, but my experience is they won't. Those that I've been buying have been the most squishy among bins of hard kiwis, yet when I get them home it's obvious by the first knife-cut that they're not yet ripe - instead, hard & flavorless. They're all too hard, I just had high hopes I foolishly bought the least hard. I think whoever back at the farm is picking them too early.
Reading ceej's journal. I wish she didn't wax so technical, I scan over all her job talk to read the rare words on any other topic. And she writes a lot of words. Unlike me, of late - I feel a little more inhibition than when I started this the thing, knowing now certain of friends & family are reading this.
Got these great new kicks from Lands' End today - my first sock-sandals, made for
action with lots of Velcro. There most be some jargon term for
these<3> but I don't
know it - instead I call them Vlad Shoes, after the odd Russian I worked with a
couple projects back. Here is my favorite quote from Vlad:
VTA - Valley Transit Authority
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<1>I was forced to throw myself at their mercy last year when I first arrived, with a problem caused by a dealer's shop Back East. Eventually Toyota here diagnosed the problem caused by Toyota there, and documented it such that I got a refund, but it took several visits with overnight stays requiring rental car arrangement. I hadn't been back since then Back.
<2> from Franny And Zooie by J. D. Salinger (1955) - it's the first paragraph (of "Franny") Back
<3>Anything besides "sport sandals" Back