Monday, January 6, 2014

"Knocka, Knocka, Knocka, clunk Thud!!"

Gentle Friends our weekend was a whir of crazy trauma and then triumph......... it started off normal... Saturday morning off to Noah's for bagels and coffee, then on to Safeway for the weekly grocery shopping..... and then out to the "shops".....   after all the fun and on the way home through the Castro and up over the hill and down into Noe Valley, the car (our 16 year old car) starting making clicking noises and then all of a sudden loud knocking , click - thud - stop - the last leg of the car finally gave out.  After pushing it out of the intersection and into a parking spot I called Rico and he walked down the hill - I was within 4 blocks of getting home - we decided then and there to not put more money into fixing it and to finally get a new car.  
I spent the evening and until about 12:30 am reading reviews and doing research on the car I wanted. Sunday morning dawned bright and early and off we went, via the bus, to look and hopefully get a car..... after about 3 hours we were driving home with our new car.......


.... it's a 2013 Mini Cooper, the colour is Metallic Iced Chocolate.  Our other sad car we decided to donate to the SPCA and I am arranging that today.  It's great to have a reliable car again!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by!!

Take care,
edgar

48 comments:

Vicki said...

Car troubles can be so exasperating. I LOVE your new car!! It's sleek and the color is cool. Congrats!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Fun!

gloriahanaway said...

LOVE IT!!! Donating your old car is so sweet!

LoriU said...

What a cute car!!

marly said...

Love the new ride!

gloriahanaway said...

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Shirlee said...

Beautiful new car!

Colleen said...

Love the Mini!! There's a lady in our church that bought one last summer and absolutely loves it :) I'd say you got your money's worth out of your "old" car. Be safe.

cl said...

love your new ride.

Glenna said...

SO sporty! Love love the new car. Perfect start to the new year.

Mary said...

Love the new car, what a beauty.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh I love it! Great color too.

geeky Heather said...

Nothing makes the heart sink like those clunking noises coming from under the hood! Congratulations on the new car!! We considered the Mini but short lil'me couldn't see out of it very well...felt like sitting in a teacup...but oh was it fun to drive! Enjoy!

Melissa said...

What a gorgeous car! Congrats, Edgar! Now, like all new car owners, you will be looking for parking spots far away from anyone who might dare to scratch your baby! ;-) Have fun zooming around!

Shelly said...

Ugh, I know the feeling of not wanting to pour any more money into a car; doing that right now. What a cute little car, though! Good on gas mileage, I imagine. Congrats!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I've been a Mini owner for as long as I can remember (I even had one of the old originals which look tiny nowadays). They are such fun to drive and so easy to park - I hope you enjoy many happy miles Edgar.

needlenurse said...

That's a good way to start the New Year.....with a new car. The color is perfect! Hope you have many happy miles in it.

Paula

Robert said...

Great car choice Edgar! I guess great minds think alike! My wife and I picked up a 2010 Mini Cooper on 28 December. It only had 38,000 miles on was hard not to walk away. It is truly a fun car to drive. Congratulations again to you and Rico.

Jen said...

Nice!

Jan Jones said...

Love the new car and new profile picture too!!!!

Margaret said...

OK, Edgar, we are in the same position -- I'm just waiting for my car to do the same thing. Please please give me your impressions of the Mini. I've always been scared to buy one cause of the reliability issues. Is that better now? Are they more reliable than in the past? Reliability is so important to me, but I love Mini Coopers! I want one so badly. lol! Could you advise me?? Thanks! Looooove your new car!! Sooo much! Congrats!

Lianne said...

Hi Edgar,

I love your new Mini. I too have one, my is Red with white racing stripes, roof and mirror caps, which I affectionately call my Little Zippy.

I can say from experience, YOU WILL LOVE YOUR NEW LITTLE ZIPPY!!! Enjoy and have fun ;-))

I think it is wonderful that you are donating your old car.

Jules said...

Lovin' the new ride!!! Congrats

Roberta said...

Love the new car, but sorry you were stranded with a sick older car.

Kielrain said...

Car troubles bite.
Still... nice new car. I know I love my little Mini Cooper S. So much fun.

missy said...

Only you Edgar would have CHOCOLATE in the name of your car.....so jealous!!! Congrats on the new wheels. Now you need some matching driving gloves. :)

hugs
-missy-

diamondc said...

Dearest Edgar: I want a ride oh so sweet looking, lucky you to have a new car, we still are driving our 2006 dodge with only 65,000 miles on it so no new car for a while.

Happy Stitching

Catherine

P.S. it is a whopping -15 degrees here in my neck of the woods, not including the -45 degree windchill

valerie said...

OMG, love the new car. It's so cute and the color is fantastic. Have fun with it. It's such a relief to not be worrying about an old car. I am still in love with my little SUV and it'll be 3 in April. Hard to believe that already! Happy New Year!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your new car. I've wanted a Mini Cooper for a very long time!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

How adorable! Here's hoping this one last just as long. Enjoy.

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

Congrats! I love your choice!Happy New Year!AriadnefromGreece!

Maggee said...

I keep putting you in my reader and then it never sticks! Luckily I see your blog named on other blogs! I am having car troubles too. My biggest complaint is that when the temps drop, my car gets frozen/frosty on the INSIDE of the windshield! Which is really hard to defrost and makes me late! So I have taken to stuffing plastic bags against the edge of the window, wayyy down at the bottom. Not a fun thing to do, but it works! Congrats on the new car! Hopefully it will work great on our hills!

Barb said...

You new car is awesome!! We have been through similar experiences!

Wanda said...

Congrats on your new car! What a beauty (and chocolate no less!!) Enjoy!

Jodi S said...

Congrats on the new wheels! Love the mini coopers.

krayolakris said...

That's a sexy ride! Congrats! And how kind of you to donate the older car.

tangerinedream73 said...

Super cute, great car Edgar. We got a new SUV at the end of the summer. So much fun!





Amy

MartyG said...

Edgar, welcome to the club. I am a proud owner of two Mini's. I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S and a 2012 Mini Coupe S. I had a 2003 Mini Cooper back when they first came out. Both my parents have Coopers and my niece Dani. I am so excited for you. Happy Motoring.

Chris said...

Woohoo! I love that brown color with the black, so classy. What have you named your mini?

Julie said...

Nice wheels.... What a nice new toy to start the year off. Happy motoring!

Carol R said...

I love my mini and I'm sure you will love yours too!
Happy New Year to you and Rico xox

Kate said...

Love it! The colour sounds like it could be a shade of floss.
Enjoy.

Cindy's Stitching said...

really cute. good luck edgar.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Edgar, this car is so you! Love it!

Sandye said...

I have three friends with mini Coopers and they all love them. They feel really spacious in the inside. I went to a costume party with one of my mini friends and wore a hoop skirt in perfect comfort in her mini!

Sharon said...

It's a beauty!!! My bestie has a Mini Cooper and she thinks it's da bomb! (In the BEST way possible!). LOL
I hope you have many, many years of happy motoring.
Also loved that you donated your "old faithful" to the SPCA...great cause!

Melody said...

What a beauty! Congratulations!!

Catherine said...

Sweet! And I love the name of the color!