I keep taking a step at a time and scaring myself each time. Haha! This week has been a “doozy” (Family expression), saying to myself, “Well, when Isis attacks Paris after the Battle of Normandy, I hope I am not shopping at Chanel that day!” I keep thinking that cooler heads will prevail. NOT. A “friend” said to me two years ago, “Give him a chance.” NO. On an international news interview, one Trump supporter said, “Oh, that’s just Trump being Trump. His sense of humor.” This is a non-commentary cartoon, in answer,
AND, it’s Halloween! Where is my cellphone ?
Meanwhile, in another part of the forest – while Saddleback Ridge burns down, I am burying the lead- as Steve would say.
The Mini Cooper (2005/2015 – 2019)
On October 9, 2015, my Steve and I, along with our new “best friends” who helped us do everything, Slav and Andrea, went car shopping. Steve and Slav are car experts. So, is Andrea, sort of. I went along for the ride. The backstory is this:
In LA, Steve drove a BMW Z4, and I had a 2007 BMW convertible. We sold both of them to help finance our move to France on October 1, 2015. Shortly after our arrival, Slav found a 2005 Mini Cooper on a used car lot near Nice, and Steve wanted to get it. 75,000 (46,000+ miles) kilometers on it. We LOVED it and bought it, driving it home that day.
During the 11 months before Steve died, we took a lot of road trips, planning one exploratory weekend after another. When he died in August 2016 , our next trip was to be in October 2016 to Portofino, Italy. These are pictures taken during a trip to Villefrance sur Mer and St. Tropez.
Since that time, I have not put a lot of miles on the Mini. It currently has 78,000 kilometers (48,000 miles). And, on Thursday, I turned over the keys for Slav to sell because I no longer have a Drivers License. My California license expired on my birthday this year (March 30, 2019) and I need to get my French license. I tried to take the Code de la Route Test before my second knee replacement operation but had difficulty with paperwork. Since that time, I have made the decision to move to PARIS. I don’t need or want a car in Paris. So, ……. on October 10, 2019, I said goodbye to the Mini.
Will I ever have a license again? Maybe. I don’t know. The buses and trains in France are excellent, so we will see how it goes.
Needless to say, October 9, 2015 ,and October 10, 2019, are RED LETTER DAYS! Milestones in MY lifetime. But, this meme says it all for me as I face tomorrow, today.