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So... we're looking at buying a car. I've never done that, not even close. My sister's information is years out of date, like 10 or so. Things are different today.
Not sure about used, but we're looking at hybrid - not plug-in or electric, since we're not at a house and there's no way we can ever expect apartment buildings to offer this capability.
Does anyone have recent knowledge to offer as advice, including pitfalls to avoid?
- I'd be the one buying since I have better credit and have been insured for 25 years continuously, both as occasional driver on my sister's car and for a while with Vrtucar's group insurance. My partner is looking at learning with Young Drivers, which will also help on insurance rates.
- No idea what insurance companies are best... how do I even compare rates?
- Do banks check past history of putting money in savings as well as income?
- Do I go to the bank first to see how much of a loan I could get, and base the vehicle price search on that?
- Is there any way to have a clue about actual, final price of cars, with all the hidden or dealer fees? (I don't think we'd go for fancy options)
- obviously I'd prefer Ontario or Canadian knowledge, as some brands aren't even offered here... plus I know that I have to check on how hybrids fare in very cold weather (-25C and below), maybe there's information out there
Augh I know so so little and I can't even figure out how to search...
I'm still here, if a bit scattershot. I'm okay - I had a lot of help, not least from my sweetie who helps me smile and comforts me. And in return I help them and get them to smile when I can. There are rough spots, but we weather through. The one-year anniversary (see previous post) went better than expected, I'll meet with my siblings this weekend in the middle of having a small con, so some friendly faces and positive vibes.
New apartment, living together. New part of town to live in. New habits, though some old ones die hard and make it a bit tough - need to clean up and finish unpacking so we can have an apartment-warming party. Life keeps changing.
Though I'm not happy that I've let most of my social activities slide, and the friendships. Will try to reconnect some.
Had a fantastic-y week in Seattle, despite developing what was possibly a throat infection, with fever. It slowed me down, but dammit, it wasn't going to completely destroy my plans. The Thursday downtown/Frement plans to go get chocolates before the con, however, were dashed by a horrific accident that paralysed traffic throughout the city all day. Still, keeping plans flexible with my sweetie meant we still got to see some of the city (and we got to chocolopolis on Monday instead). And just about no rain the entire time!
More later, but I do expect that I will never, ever have a connection home through Toronto ever again. Not only is their signage incoherent, confusing and insufficient, but after we went through customs then through the separate "connections" corridor, all that did was spit us out back in the main terminal at the arrivals level down the corridor from the main arrivals. Meaning we had to get back up to Departures, find the (exceedingly few and incredibly high-placed) departures board to find our gate number, and go through security again. We had 1h20 between flights, and we got to our gate just as it was boarding - thank goodness there was a yummy Mill St sandwhich-to-go counter right there or we'd have boarded very cranky and hungry.
Maybe dagibbs and other frequent travellers can let me know, but are there other airports which treat arriving travellers so poorly, which get connecting passengers OUT of the security corridor and make it a gamble to get to your connecting flight on time? That seemed completely mind-boggling.
Even Vancouver was a better experience, even with its podunk-looking US pre-clearance area that seemed tucked away in a corner through a tiny door in what felt like a forgotten corner of the terminal (after we had walked half the terminal to get there, and felt we walked another half to get to our gate). We were tired from walking, and bemused, but not the nearly angry we were at Pearson.
I'm still around... still happy in my relationship, which has many discussions, some deep ones, some emotional ones, but never any arguments.
In a week I'll be going to Seattle for a convention for the weekend with said sweetie, seeing friends and spending likely too much, and each of my sweetie and I will show each other parts of the city the other may not have seen before.
(Sadly, this will be a week before the NorthWest Chocolate Festival, a world-renowned extravaganza with tons of American chocolate makers (not just from the US) and a few international ones as well, with classes, seminars, and sooo much samples to taste and bars to buy. It would drain my finances - but deliciously so.)
Other things in my life are dicey, but I'm dealing with them as best I can, and with lots of support. I'll let everyone know at some point.
Otherwise, I'm pretty boring right now... oh, got a new job as my old one was about to disappear, same pay, same group, same office even. It's been a challenge, but a nice one. Good thing I didn't go somewhere else, this group would collapse without me...
So this Saturday I'm going to update my Montreal Chocolate map. And I won't be alone, hee. I don't have a huge budget for personal purchases, but, um, new things must be tried to see if they're good enough for What The Fur's chocolate social, yes? yes? Yes.
Also, I've been happily watching Steven Universe. This animated show is cleverly written, with emotions that slip in for real impact sometimes, not dumbed down at all. It's difficult for me to figure out if this is made for children or for adults - I'm not going to check any article on it until I've finished watching all of season one, but it's nice to see character tidbits peppered throughout that develop each personality, or at least give it some roundness. It's still a cartoon about magical (and semi-magical) entities in a (weird) (semi) urban environment, so suspension of disbelief is quite paramount. And the main character's voice acting is likely to grate on many, but I think it hits the mark just on this side of annoying - because earnest children excited about things can be amazing or annoying, depending on the mood. (Also, this is lampshaded in the show itself. among so so many other things.) And goodness knows I can be annoying sometimes when excited about something. Like, say, chocolate. Or saké. :)