All sorts of aggravation in my life recently and I’m not going to go into all of it but I do feel the need to let off some steam this evening.
Last week? Best forgotten.
Friday night was the Halloween party at PASM and it was the best Halloween I’ve had in years. (Some pictures at the bottom of this post)
Saturday night we had the free night’s stay at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile. Since I wasn’t going to be driving, I could indulge in some wine with dinner. And after dinner, we walked over to Ashley Road to meet some friends for some more drinks. We went to Castro – I’ve stared at the sign many times but this was my first time there and it was an odd mix of people but okay I guess. The sad thing is that it’s been so long since I’ve had any alcohol that a glass of wine at dinner and one more drink in the bar were enough to leave me zonked. We were back at the hotel by midnight – much earlier than I’d intended – and I was asleep very soon after that.
One of the sources of aggravation in my life has been my fucking car. A 2002 BMW 330 convertible. I’ve owned, not sure exactly but around 10 or 12 cars in my life. Most of those have been used cars but I’ve never really had trouble with any car until this one. It’s been one problem after another, starting with a bank loan that I never should have signed, a slashed roof (it’s a convertible) 5 months after I got it and a seemingly never-ending series of repairs. Plus now I’m locked into a long (for Hong Kong) daily commute and the car just slurps down gas almost faster than I can put it in, leading to a very expensive daily commute. (The alternative to commuting by car in under an hour, is taxi then bus then two trains then another bus, close to 2 hours each way.)
Add to that the fact that it’s not a “Hong Kong car.” I didn’t know this at the time – and didn’t know that it mattered, but the car came to Hong Kong from Japan in 2006. (I bought it in 2007 and may be the first owner the car had here.) Why was it imported? There are no service records prior to my owning it. That might indicate a major collision somewhere in its past? Though all of the mechanics who have looked at the car have told me they see no signs of that. Whoever had the car before me added 19 inch wheels (that I’ve since replaced), front rear & side body kits and had the seats reupholstered. In any event, when I’ve gone to sell the car, dealers have noted its status and made lower offers as a result.
I’ve been trying to sell it off and on for about a year, the problem being that the market value is noticeably less than I owe the bank. At the end of last week, I found a buyer, someone who gave me as good an offer as I’m likely to get. Except that when he came to look at the car, the convertible top wasn’t working properly. I told him I’d take care of it before the sale – I figured the motor just might need some lubrication or something. Turns out no – the motor is dying and needs to be replaced and the part costs HK$9,000. I suppose I could check Google and try to find a reconditioned one for sale somewhere in the world and maybe save a little money. Oh, and the air bag sensor in the passenger seat broke last week and replacing that ain’t gonna be cheap either.
So at this point, the buyer has backed out of the sale, as one might expect. And I’m stuck with a car that’s worth far less than I owe the bank and in need of some sizable repairs. And I know that even if I hold onto it, even if I get these repairs done, in a couple of months something else will break that will cost me another $10k or more. So I’m gonna sell off, take the loss, buy something smaller, lighter, less fancy, cheaper, hopefully less prone to problems.
It’s just aggravating because on Friday I thought I had a sale and then I had this news from my mechanic on Saturday. The car drives well. The repairs aren’t urgently needed. It’s just aggravating.
Anyway, the only real joy in my life these days comes from PASM Workshop, and here are a few shots from our party Friday night, more to be uploaded to Flickr later one. We had a full house, great barbecue, Evelyn our make-up artist did horror make-up for everyone who attended and a really nice set that we all had some fun shooting & posing on.