Friday, December 24, 2010
At my age I would have thought that I knew all about cleaning the outside of a car, but there was an article in today's paper on Detailing. The news (for me) was that there is a "clay bar" sold at auto supply stores, and the clay bar and a special lubricant (or car wash liquid) removes contaminants, such as tar or sap, which are stuck to the paint. That was news to me, and I feel the need to buy a clay bar before I wash a car again. I'm pretty lazy, and I only get around to actually washing every six months or so. When I do wash them, I wax them too.
The other bit of news was that there is a way to get the black deposits on the wheel covers. You use "liquid wheel cleaner" and an old toothbrush. The front wheel covers on the Dodge have been getting slowly blacker over 10 years, and I can't get it all off. There is a little more every year and they don't look so good close up. I plan to look for liquid wheel cleaner too.
I have touch-up paint for both cars, an air compressor with a blow nozzle on a quick disconnect, a shop vacuum, and everything else it takes to clean up a car (I think). Now I know that there's always something else cropping up while my back is turned.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The sun is shining (both yesterday and today) and Annie and Jerzy think it's warm, although I still think it's cold. I gave them my car and the BW and I are getting along with just one. They're out running the streets again - we only see them in the morning and at night because they're out for coffee in the morning, then shopping for food, etc., or at the beach. I think 70 degrees with a brisk wind is nasty, but they're happy.
We agreed that there's too much food and we will eat leftovers for dinner tonight. The cabbage and sausage soup the BW made is still here - more than a gallon of it, the fried pork quinoa that I made is still in the refrigerator, and there is leftover fish from last night.
Although Betty had said that tomorrow was an open day, Annie called and something was wrong. They decided that we would all go to Ocala on the 30th, which is fine by me.
We all did watch television last night - a British show called Doc Martin. It's a series that runs through four seasons, and the BW found it on one of the PBS stations here. I found all four seasons, and we started with season one. Each week you would get one 45 minute show on the air, but with Netflix we watched the first three shows last night, which was equivalent to a fairly long movie. I was surprised but Annie and Jerzy wanted to watch more shows too, and the BW commented that she is glad that we have a subscription now. I guess that's a good Christmas present - she told me not to do it three times, but had asked for four years (intermittently) about signing up for it. It's hard for me to understand what she wants because she won't just tell me.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I made it over to Tampa airport and picked up Annie and Jerzy last night. It was almost 11 when they showed up, and about midnight when we got home. By the time everyone had some of the sausage and cabbage soup, visited a little, and got to bed it was about 1:30. Unfortunately I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up let the dogs out, picked up the paper, and had breakfast.
After I read the comics, front page, and looked at the weather I logged on to Netflix and watched Nottingham Hill again. It had been a lot of years, and I thought it was a pretty good movie.
Around 10 Annie got up, later the BW, and finally Jerzy. He was still sawing them off at 11, which would have been 8 Washington time.
After getting started they left around noon to visit a bakery, which was closed, and then they headed for Fresh Foods. I don't know when we will see them again.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Yesterday the BW had a flat tire and left her car over by Sweetbay. Her cell phone had a dead battery, and the guy who ran the Pack & Ship store gave her a ride home. The AAA didn’t do any good because she didn’t call them, so I took her with me to put the spare on. Then she took my car home, and I went down to Sam’s Club for two new tires. I got this car almost two years ago, and it came with new tires on the front but half worn out tires on the back. One of them went flat, and had a crack in the compound on the sidewall. It was about 18 inches long and very ragged. She said she was watching it go down after she got out of the car.
Looking at the date codes, the rear tire left was made in 2003, pretty early, and the other one I didn’t bother to look at. It was at least as old, so the “dry rot” that is a problem in the warm states had done its thing. The body doesn’t rust out because there is no salt on the roads, but the tires don’t last so long. Someone probably bought new tires when the old ones were five years old, and the rear ones were sold as used.
When I got to Sam’s club it was going to cost me $200 for two tires, but they still had the special on Michelins, and I could get four for $300. The tires in front were nearly four years old, so I took the bait. Now we have two old cars with new 80,000 mile tires, good for five years for sure.
The other big thing that happened yesterday was that I finished setting up the router and Roku, and signed up for my free month of Netflix. Then I stumbled through way too much choice, and found some good stuff. The BW likes a show called “Doc Martin” that ran on one of the PBS channels, and I found season four of Doc Martin. She watched two of the 45 minute shows, which is about like watching a movie. I found season three today, so she should be happy. She’s watching “A Room With a View” as I write this, so maybe it will be something she does like. The only disadvantage is that some of the movies have people talking so fast that neither of us can understand everything. There are no closed captions, so I guess we need to learn to read lips.
Today we have been getting ready to pick up Annie and Jerzy tonight - cleaning, moving, and cooking. I made two trips to the grocery store to get everything for the reception.
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