Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Brian

8:00 am:
I've been invited to breakfast by Reader Brian. It's rare that I accept an invitation like this. However, in the few emails that I received from Brian, he came across to me as being such a swell fellow! So, I accepted his invitation.

We met at the Village Square Cafe in the City of Redmond Washington. And, would you believe that we talked together for over 3-hours! Both inside the Cafe and also, inside Scampy. Brian and I have a whole lot in common.

Brian and George at the Village Square Cafe
Redmond Washington




11:27 am:
Microsoft Tour

Being that we are sooooo close to Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond Washington, we are heading over there to do a self-guided tour!

Bill Gates, as we understand it, no longer works there. Otherwise, we would drop by his office to let him know that we on the Scampy Team are Apple fans!





1:01 pm:
Getting to Microsoft Visitor's Center
A rig like the Scampy Team is not able to find a parking space or even a parking lot near Microsoft.

So, looking at the map on our dash screen, we drove away from Microsoft looking for a place to park. After we found that place, we used our Uber App to get a ride!



1:30 pm:
The Microsoft Tour
A room with displays of stuff significant to Microsoft contains the self-guided tour.

The first display is a model of Microsoft's Campus.

Microsoft Campus Model


Microsoft - Then and Now.



Microsoft at the Beginning.


2:50 pm:
My Microsoft Cap
I really love to accumulate souvenier things to wear that I find along my journey.

At the Microsoft store, I bought an $8.99 cap!

 George's Microsoft Cap.


4:28 pm:
Tránsito's Air-Conditioner
We learned that Tránsito's air-conditioner was injured from the collision accident that we had on the afternoon of September 17th.

There is a Meinecke Shop near where we will make our Nite Camp today. And we are planning to go there to see about them doing this repair.

Meineke - Renton Washington






Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 34 feet




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15 comments:

  1. Rare to accept breakfast from readers? Then I feel privileged to have had breakfast with you twice in Half Moon Bay at the harbor! It was fun.

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    1. Hi David,

      Yes, it's true. And you are one of the rare ones! 😎

      George

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  2. Wow! And we had dinner. At least 10-11 years ago!
    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Yes! You and I go back a very long time!

      I enjoy knowing you. And hearing from thru comments! 😎

      George

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  3. Hi George,

    Great to meet you.
    Gotta say you're a rare bird also.
    Pretty sure we will cross paths again.

    Brian

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    1. Hi Brian,

      Great to meet you too, Brian!

      Meet again? You may count on that! 😎

      George


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  4. George, if you're going to drive much before you get the front damage repaired you need to check a few things. Did your radiator or coolant recovery system have any damage? How about your lights especially your signal lamps. If you're going to do any night driving your left headlight may be pointing in the wrong direction. Also if your A/C was damaged, how about the transmission cooler. Just a few things that come to mind. Steve

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    1. Hi Steve,

      Thank you sooooo much for advising me to check the signal lamps. The front left-turn lamp is the only lamp not operating.

      The radiator appears to be keeping the engine temp at its normal setting.

      Did you read my Blog 4:28 pm Blog post telling about me going to the Meineke shop tomorrow morning. Perhaps Meineke will be able to attend to the left-turn lamp and check out the other stuff as well?

      Very timely comment, Steve!!!! 😎

      George

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    2. George, remember when your last major accident was with Miss Tioga; when your health improved, you probably informed your insurance company; they most likely sent an adjuster out to see her where she was last parked and made the choice to pay you the totalled value of Miss Tioga in lieu of repairing her; you probably took the money the insurance company sent you, and it helped you buy a nice little car. You did everything by the book.

      Now, with Senor Transito, you have an appointment tomorrow to have a shop take a look at the a/c. If you get Transito examined and repaired in piecemeal fashion, you may not get reimbursed by your insurance company (or the other party's insurance company) if you have not first called your insurance company, had an adjuster take a look at it, and had say a Ford dealership give you a full appraisal of the cost of the repair job. What I can tell by just looking at your photos is that one of the insurance companies will have to pay you at least in the four figures to repair Transito. And, you probably have a deductible just like I have. Getting any item repaired tomorrow may not count to pare down that deductible. Also, you may have a free rental car paid by your or the other party's insurance company. While Transito is being repaired under the insurance contract, you may have to use the rental car and park Scampy for a few days near a motel or RV park where you might be staying.

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    3. Hi Dee,

      I do not know where you got your information, because I do not remember getting any insurance for MsTioga.

      I will take your advice and inform my insurance company about my wanting to get the air-conditioner repaired.

      George

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    4. George, that is why I used the "most likely" and "probably" scenario; just thought you might have carried collision along with liability insurance on Miss Tioga since she carried your personal contents and was your home, then (as a one-vehicle event) the insurance company would have paid you under collision. The salvage company which took her should have at least paid you for the value of her salvage.

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    5. Hi Dee,

      I do not believe I ever contacted my insurance company about the accident in which MsTioga was destroyed.

      An ambulance took me from the accident scene to a hospital where it was determined that I needed heart surgery to replace my heart's defective aortic valve.

      Insurance was not what I had on my mind at that time.

      George

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    6. I understand completely; it would not have been on anyone's mind with your being in that dreadful condition. Since you had no collision on Miss Tioga, it was automatically towed to a salvage yard. The salvage yard company should not have taken advantage of your health conditiion, and after you recovered, since you were the owner of Miss Tioga, the salvage company legally should have gotten your written permission to convert her to salvage and paid you for her salvage. Since an accident report was most likely done and her paperwork of ownership was probably inside of Miss Tioga, the salvage company would know where to contact you in writing after your recovery.

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    7. A week after I had my heart surgery, I was released from the hospital. I needed a place to stay during my recovery period. I found a room for myself in a Bakersfield hotel.

      In order to deal with MsTioga, I had a taxi take me to Jim's Towing, the company where MsTioga was stored.

      I found out that the towing from the accident plus the storage fees now came to about $2K. So, I negotiated a settlement by signing ownership of MsTioga to Jim's Towing.

      It may well be that this was not the best solution for what to do with MsTioga. But my highest priority at that time was to myself. I needed a place to rest so that I would recover enough to leave Bakersfield.

      George

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    8. George, good deal; she could not have been worth no more than that after the accident. As we get older, I just hate it when someone might take advantage at a time when we are not feeling our best. In Miss Tioga's case, thank goodness that did not happen.

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