Greetings from Hoth, revisited
Three years ago I had this post about crazy snowy weather. Well, now we're doing it all over again.
Two weeks ago a whole shitload of snow came down, and it never really melted away. And then another shitload has come down up today, adding up to what now amounts to absurd quantities of snow.
And what do we do in all this snow? Drive two hours to look at a new car...
The thing is, two weeks ago, when the first shitload of snow came down, we were in an accident. We were on our way home from grocery shopping and someone lost control over their car, slid over on our side of the road and slammed into us, front against front. It was quite unpleasant, and not something I would recommend anyone doing. It was a narrow country road, narrowed down even further by all the snow, and there were no high speeds involved, and we were practially unharmed, albeit thouroughly shaken. That is, I banged by knees and had a limp for a week and still can't kneel down bearing weight on one knee, but that's peanuts compared to what could have happened.
Though we escaped from it practically unharmed, our car didn't. And it turned out to be too costly to fix Helga, but luckily we got a good slump of money from our insurance company.
I must say, modern cars are designed very well regarding safety. Helga looked completely banged up, but all the panels and stuff that gave way, absorbed much of the energy of the impact, so that we could walk out unharmed. That is, I had to do a nose dive through the driver side door, as mine wouldn't open due to all the snow in the ditch we landed in.
Another thing, they never tell you airbag gas is SMOKY. And seeing so much smoke immediately after crashing, when you don't know that it's just the airbag gas, can be very panick-inducing. And it stinks. But, that put aside, it's a pretty nifty invention.
But we did manage to find a car today. I had checked every listing here and found two acceptable candidates, which we both viewed today. The first one, the seller hadn't even bothered cleaning. Sorry, but I refuse to purchase anything with food still stuck to the ceiling (how the fudge did it get there in the first place??) or still old gunk and parking tickets lying around.
The second car was much better. Prettier, cheaper, CLEANER. They were in essence the same car, both we viewed, a diesel Ford Focus mrk 2 (Helga was mrk 1), but the second one was so much better kept.
We've already named it the Tardis, because it's blueish gray in colour. And I can't wait to get it home here! The Volvo V70 rental we have at the moment, just has too much personality (read: annoying quirks) to be pleasing. I mean, a swedish car not handling the cold? WTF?
And on that note, I'll end this post. Going to veg in front of the TV, with a fire going in the fireplace and fresh green grapes for nomming on.