Monday, January 11, 2016

Swami's for breakfast

There is little doubt in my mind that, although I am far from being rich, I do live an affluent life!

Yesterday, I returned from spending four days with my friends Carol and Bill in Mazatlan, Mexico. At 8am this morning, I biked to La Mesa Village to breakfast at [Swami's] wonderful restaurant.

La Mesa, California [where I live] is a special town. La Mesa retains a small-town atmosphere located inside the huge megalopolis of San Diego County.

La Mesa is mostly flat. Hardly any hills. Which means I am able to scoot around town on my electric bike with very little effort.

My breakfast at Swami's

Honda FIT repair
While  I was visiting in Mexico, Elite Collision Repair found hidden frame damage to my Honda FIT. Repair costs zoomed from $4,000 to $6,000.

It turns out that my 2013 Honda FIT was grossly under-engineered for very low speed collisions. Fragile bumpers! In comparison collision tests, the 2013 Honda FIT is ranked at the bottom.

But my repair cost is going to be higher than ANY low speed collision report that I've read about. I was practically stopped when the accident happened. Going maybe one mph. But the steering wheel air-bag deployed. The bag did not touch me because I hardly moved forward.

After breakfast I plan to bike over to Elite Collision to have them show me the frame damage. I am only paying $500, my deductible. But even so, I am curious.

Line dancing in Mazatlan!
Here is a pic of me doing my version of line-dancing with a bunch of other dancers last Saturday evening.

Tioga-George line-dancing in Mazatlan

4pm - FedEX delivered new bike battery
I am so very excited about my new bike battery. I wanted to show it to you here on my blog. Just a little while ago I stopped trying to use the Picasa editor. Could not figure Picasa out. However, on my MacBook is a photo editor named, "Photos" which is easy for me to use.

I took a nice pic with my iPhone of my old small 9 amp-hour battery sitting on top of the new 12 amp-hour battery so you would be able to view the size difference.

Edited the pic. Resized so the pic would upload fast. Cropped it. Edited for light. For color. Pic came out good.

When I went to load the edited "Photos" pic into Blogger, it worked! I have been trying to do that for weeks. And finally I did  it! :)

Old 9 amp-hour battery [top]
New 12 amp-hour battery [bottom]

PS: Tomorrow I am using my electric bike to go to the Kaiser "Sleep Clinic." My Honda is still in the shop. With my new battery and electric bike, I should have no problem with the 12 mile round trip to Kaiser!
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15 comments:

  1. Wow thats a lot of damage for going so slow.

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  2. George,get a second estimate,those shops love insurance claims,but it might increase your insurance costs.

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  3. Been following you FOREVER george, almost since the beginning on your original tioga blog and I have to say.. that pic of you dancing is the best thus far. Love it!

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  4. I've been following you forever also - even met you in person once! I also LOVE the line dancing picture - didn't know you had it in you!

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  5. George you may have missed you calling -- looks like you have the right dancing moves. By they way love your blog more than ever.

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  6. Darn! Would have loved to see video of you dancing!

    FYI - I also am a full-timer that you inspired with your original blog. Thank you for the enjoyment your blog gave me. Judy

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  7. Look at you! So young!

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    1. Hi Vera,

      That's a very nice compliment! Must be the photo, because I am really old looking in-person. :)

      George

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  8. George is there any way you could carry the 9 amp hour battery as a spare for longer journeys, bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Yes! I could easily carry the 9AH battery in my backpack. In fact, I now have two older 9AH batteries and the new 12AH.

      George

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  9. Looks like you were breakdancing with the youngsters. Shows you've got lots of joy still in you and Mexico is a wonderful place to let it out.

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    1. Hi Rick!

      Mexico! Gotta love it! And......I do!

      George

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  10. George, I want to let you know that there is a detectable change in your attitude that is very positive. You seem to have re-grasped the zest for life that you had when you were blogging from Tioga many years ago. It's great that you have re-discovered this sense of purpose and enjoyment of life. Your outlook on life is contagious.

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