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The final Farewell

There we are. The final day. Separation. Divorce.




The TÜV (car safety authority or whatever you call it in English) wouldn't want my car to participate in traffic any more. That is, I didn't give them a chance to say 'no' and gave it away for DM1.00 today, destination: shredder.

The statistics:
189955km in 11 years, mostly on Autobahns.

Accidents: 1
- bent a mudguard when driving straight on whilst having indicated to go left - and meeting someone who had not indicated but *did* change direction smiley - silly

Self-inflicted damages: 2
- slight scratch on the bumper when entering the road without paying attention smiley - sadface
- severely bent right main girder, having parked beneath a boulder and taking a sharp right turn which pulled the car right over it. It was an early Saturday morning and I was on the road *before* having had breakfast. This will teach me something.

Foreign-inflicted damages: 2
- small hole in right front door, made by a screwdriver which a burglar used to crack open the car and take away the radio smiley - grr
- left door severely twisted when parking the car on the roadside in darkness. The door was open some 30cm which was enough for another driver to take it along with him smiley - weird

Wear and tear: lots
- a spark plug had left the engine block (with a loud /bang/) some weeks ago, and took its thread seat with it. A helicoil was inserted but lasted only 15 minutes into rush hour traffic. Another, bigger helicoil was inserted and made it until today. But I was advised that it could break *any* time smiley - yikes
- audible proof that all the valves are still there and working smiley - winkeye
- exhaust system broken beyond repair (estimate: DM3000) but still not overly noisy
- rust on the underbelly: surely there, I didn't look.

Bye.
smiley - cry

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Latest reply: Oct 22, 2001

Farewell

There we are. The final day. Separation. Divorce.




The TÜV (car safety authority or whatever you call it in English) wouldn't want my car to participate in traffic any more. That is, I didn't give them a chance to say 'no' and gave it away for DM1.00 today, destination: shredder.

The statistics:
189955km in 11 years, mostly on Autobahns.

Accidents: 1
- bent a mudguard when driving straight on whilst having indicated to go left - and meeting someone who had not indicated but *did* change direction smiley - silly

Self-inflicted damages: 2
- slight scratch on the bumper when entering the road without paying attention smiley - sadface
- severely bent right main girder, having parked beneath a boulder and taking a sharp right turn which pulled the car right over it. It was an early Saturday morning and I was on the road *before* having had breakfast. This will teach me something.

Foreign-inflicted damages: 2
- small hole in right front door, made by a screwdriver which a burglar used to crack open the car and take away the radio smiley - grr
- left door severely twisted when parking the car on the roadside in darkness. The door was open some 30cm which was enough for another driver to take it along with him smiley - weird

Wear and tear: lots
- a spark plug had left the engine block (with a loud /bang/) some weeks ago, and took its thread seat with it. A helicoil was inserted but lasted only 15 minutes into rush hour traffic. Another, bigger helicoil was inserted and made it until today. But I was advised that it could break *any* time smiley - yikes
- audible proof that all the *Ventile* are still there and working smiley - winkeye
- exhaust system broken beyond repair (estimate: DM3000) but still not overly noisy
- rust on the underbelly: surely there, I didn't look.

Bye.
smiley - cry

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Latest reply: Oct 22, 2001

9 days left, and counting...

for the Dutch h2g2 meeting smiley - cool

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Latest reply: Oct 17, 2001

N.Y.C., Sept 11, 2001

My sister and her friend are okay.
She even saw the cloud of smoke emerging from one of the towers, then the explosion when the second plane hit the other tower. She thought of a fire.

This year in May I've been on top of the WTC, looking down those 400m and I even thought about 'what if I would have to jump down here'. How long would it take? What would be my last thoughts?

Today was the day when people were forced to find the answers. They didn't volunteer. They left their families for just another working day. They went to work and had plans for the evening. Little A. needs a new pair of shoes, daughter needs a book about some stuff for school, things like that.

The shoes and the book won't be there, nor will be Mum or Dad.

There's another question. Why?
It's the essence of terror to leave this question unanswered.


My sister and her friend are okay.

Thousands of others aren't.

My thoughts are with them, and with the families they left behind.

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Latest reply: Sep 11, 2001

Flatrate is gone :-(

My ISP decided to cancel the unmetered account smiley - steam. From tomorrow on, it's going to become expensive, or I'll have to change my habits. smiley - sadface
smiley - wah

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Latest reply: Aug 20, 2001


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