Wednesday, December 05, 2012
I was able to call my insurance agent in the US this afternoon to inquire about my 500% increase.
Nope, not a mistake.
The thieves...excuse me, insurance company...have declared that they must have a driver listed as the main driver of my car and since I am in France they have determined that my son is to be listed as the primary driver. And apparently the going rate for a 17 year old male is over $12,000 per year.
Ummmm...don't think so. I have no hard data yet to back up this hypothesis but I know plenty of people who have teenagers and are not paying that much for insurance. I didn't even pay that much for the car when I bought it!
So my agent is sending out for quotes and I am doing the same thing independently.
During my lunch time today I went to one of the sporting goods stores for the first time. They had a lot of variety in sports but when you got into specifics I wasn't too impressed. It was kind of like a Home Depot feeling, you go in and help yourself to what's on the shelves. No Clif Shot Bloks, which is a bummer since that is what I use on my long runs. I don't like gels and haven't had a great result with them but that is what I ended up getting today. It was gels or fruity granola type bars which I like even less. Trying to chew while running just does not sound like a good idea for me.
I also finally bought a head lamp and a reflective vest. I've been skipping my weekday runs because it's dark out when I get home (although there is enough light from the street lamps so I admit I'm just using the dark as an excuse). No more excuses now though. And I have a slightly higher confidence level that I won't be shot by a local hunter because he will - I hope - recognize that animals usually do not wear fluorescent yellow and run down a paved road.
Just in case the local hunters are not on board with that idea yet I've decided to relocate my running into the city where I can run on the bike trails. An added bonus is that I have a much higher chance of actually going out to run this way since I will have to bring my running clothes to work with me; I know that going home first tends to sap my will to go outside again. This way I can run right from the office door.
I went for my first run with the lamp and vest tonight and wound up doing the first 2 miles in under 20 minutes. I haven't run a 10 minute mile in a very long time so I am suitably impressed with myself. I even - for the first time ever! - passed another runner on the trail. He heard me coming and tried to speed up so I wouldn't catch up but he couldn't sustain it and I passed him by (it took awhile but I did it!).
I am so bad ass lol!