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αλήθεια + χαρακτήρα

Truth and character are the two motto ideals of the National Alpha Chi Honor Society to which I was formally inducted today, among a group of 19 students, during a solemn and very moving ceremony at Indiana Tech.



'Expert' Solution designed by Ford

Our 2000 Ford Windstar van was one of roughly half a million vehicles recalled with rusted out, ready to fall apart, rear and front axles. The rear end wasn't that bad on ours, but the front was dangerously rotten. Which is why we had been driving a rental car for over six weeks now.


Today I got a call from the repair shop. They finally got the necessary parts in, fixed our van, and wanted us to come by and pick it up. When I looked under the vehicle, curious to see what they had put in there, I almost laughed out loud.

No, they did not replace the rusted pieces of metal that connect the wheels to the sub-frame! They just bolted some funny looking braces onto them. Hilarious! I will never buy a Ford again.



Getting a NEW new car

Last Thursday, while I was driving home from work, the transmission in our 2005 Ford Taurus died without warning. I was lucky to be able to safely roll onto the left turn lane. Other than bruising my knee, when I fell on the parking lot where we pushed the car to, I suffered no injuries.

Two people going to work need two cars to get there, so we had to find replacement quickly. Transmission repair was estimated to cost between $1,200 and $2,000 - more than we were willing to pay, not knowing what would be next. So we went car shopping on the weekend and picked up our new vehicle today.

Elantra.jpgProudly presenting:
2011 Hyundai Elantra
with manual transmission


Fort Wayne is going Greener!

Europeans tend to believe they 'invented' recycling, or at least they are way better at doing it. This is not the case! Fort Wayne has had a recycling program ever since we moved here, and before that. The two plastic boxes, containing recyclable glass, plastics 1 and 2, paper, cardboard, and metal, were being picked up on trash day every other week.

RecycleBin.jpgThat was pretty good already, but now it's getting even better! When I came home from work  today I found a shiny new big trash bin with a bright yellow lid parked by our curbside. All neighbors along our street got theirs too!


Almost like new

Today after work I went to pick up our van from the body shop. I was surprised that they had actually kept their promise to get it done within the week. From my experience with two different accidents I can now seriously recommend having full coverage car insurance. Dealing with just your own insurer for the entire process is a lot less stress and well worth paying a bit more for.

KBTP1998-neu.jpgNow that I mounted my slightly damaged custom German license plate with the 'real' fake seals on the shiny new front bumper again you wouldn't believe this car is over ten years old.