Once again this site has been pushed onto the back burner.
In fact it has been pushed back so far it has tipped over and fallen down behind the cooker.
It has been a busy few days. After a lot of arranging and waiting for the banks to process finances [it is a known fact that the banks use electronics that is hundreds of times slower than normal electronics] I finally collected my [nearly] new car yesterday.
The young lad in the showroom asked if I needed him to guide me around its workings. I pointed out politely that it had a steering wheel, three pedals and a handbrake and all in the right places so what was there to learn? He laughed but suggested I have a lesson anyway. I mentioned that I had been driving for well over fifty years – a lot longer than he had existed – and that part of the fun was exploring for myself. He was happy with that and told me I could phone him any time I had a problem. I wonder if that includes problems with the house or Herself?
Okay, it’s different from the old Focus. The engine is smaller in capacity but seems to have more power which is a bit of a contradiction. The switches are all in the wrong place and I still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the light switches. It has weird things I haven’t come across before such as telling me how many kilometers I have left before running out of petrol, or how efficiently I have been driving. Vital information?
I had to go out again today to head up the motorway to that damned Beacon Hospital for an eye check. [Need I say I got lost in it again?] Anyhows while I was on the motorway I started playing with the cruise control which is another new gizmo. It was weird but it seemed to work well. I had to switch it off though as Irish motorways are full of cars driving at different speeds [anywhere between 50 and 200 Kmph] and I spent my time overriding it.
A new problem is the length of the car. I look in the mirror and there in the dim distance is the rear window. This is no problem until it comes to reversing as I have no idea how far I am from reversing into a kerb or another parked car.
I think I may have to invest in a rear view camera.