When we returned from our holiday, our second car was covered in a thick layer of dust and had to be washed. It hadn't been moved for over six weeks. Our usual car wasn't that much better and it too had to washed. When Mother is no longer around and I retire I can barely see that we will need one car, let alone two.
Friday I had some errands to do. 72 tram to Prahran, 220 bus home. 219 bus to Southbank Boulevard, 1 tram to South Melbourne, 12 tram to Spencer Street, train to Flinders Street, tram up to QV, tram home. I didn't have to wait more than about 5 minutes each time.
We need two cars on Thursdays (Mother Day), Fridays (R's volunteer job) and if I am working, Saturday (large food shopping day).
Could we manage without the second car? Yes, I could take the tram to work Thursdays, a larger time chunk out of my day. Friday R could get a taxi or public transport to his volunteer place. That would be a tram into town and a tram and another tram to his volunteer place. The shopping could be done more frequently and so no need for the second car on Saturday. Bit of a luxury, really.
I had the second car serviced last week. I was relieved of $600 for the privilege, but that is not so bad given it is about 28 months since it was last service. A couple of belts needed replacing and a wheel alignment, wiper blades and some nice clean new oil.
I told R the newer car would need servicing before Christmas. Sure enough, an email arrived from Mazda telling us such. R called to book it in and the lass said, wait for 30,000 kilometres. Last Mother Day, R said the Istop had stopped working, the techie thing that shuts the engine down when you are stopped at traffic lights. He decided to book it in for a service regardless of the advice. Then a spanner symbol came up on the dashboard, an indicator that it needs to be serviced or taken to the service place for attention.
I wrote a short note for R to take. Handbrake travel is excessive. Yes Sir, that is part of the normal service. R felt patronised. The other thing I wrote was, The first of the free sat nav updates was fine. We have tried to update the sat nav a second time and it wouldn't work. Oh, did that put the cat among the pigeons. On our password list I had the log in, password and in brackets (maybe changed). It is hard to think clearly when someone is yelling at you about how the password 'maybe changed'. Once I thought about it, I realised the note I made was about changing the email address. I changed our email address with Mazda, but still emails were coming from Mazda to the old email address. To say R was cross is an understatement and it was all my fault. He had multiple calls from the car service place with requests for login details and the password to update the sat nav.
R collected the car at lunchtime and I am not game to ask if the sat nav was updated or not. I took the car back to work in the afternoon and as I opened the door what sounded like a phone ring chimed. Ok, must be part of the software update for the car itself that was done. Halfway to work, I head the same tone again. It sounded like a phone but I couldn't see one. At a red light I checked in the glove box. Once at work, I found a phone, no doubt a mechanics phone, jammed in down beside the seat. I called R to tell him to call the service place and let them know where the phone was and it could be collected after 7:30 at our home. I quote, 'How has a simple car service turned into such a fucking nightmare?'.
A thankful Sikh lad mechanic turned up at The Highrise at about 8pm and collected his phone.
R is going out for lunch tomorrow with two old workmate friends who he likes. They will chat, laugh and gossip. He will be in a good mood tomorrow night....I hope.
Oh yes, 30,000 kilometre service $360.