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I can't get the car back into the garage at the moment. I just keep… - The Titfield Thunderbolt
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I can't get the car back into the garage at the moment. I just keep sliding around on the driveway hopelessly. I could clear it, there's only an inch or two, but I'm not sure that's going to be enough. They told me in December that the front tyres were getting thin, and I suspect I'm going to be replacing them next week, if the conditions are more clement. But at least I've been to Sainsbury's - not that that was an especially pleasant experience - and we can eat.

Earlier I drove kharin to Reading station, and I'm not looking forward to picking him up later, though the forecast is for sleet to turn to rain here into the afternoon, hopefully with an accompanying thaw around where the car is now standing. His car ended up in a ditch on Tuesday; he's unhurt but we don't yet have a prognosis for the car - if the damage was limited to what was clearly visible I think it's repairable but he fears there may be further damage underneath/inside. He had decided sensibly to leave work well before it got dark, but of course in the end I had to go and collect him, in the dark. Still, you learn something every day, and on Tuesday it was the tradesmen's entrance into the M3 services at Fleet for me.

No sign of the binmen yesterday or so far today, and I can't blame them. West Berkshire Council is rapidly running out of grit. At least they have thought to publish a map of the "primary routes" that do get gritted. I read earlier today that the buses have been suspended in Newbury. This sort of thing really bothers me, because it just emphasises the general uselessness of public transport in these parts. You can't rely on it. Therefore the private motor car triumphs. Surely that can't be right?

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strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: February 6th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear - sorry to hear about kharin's ditch encounter, especially so soon after your own car-park encounter. You must be jointly feeling rather cursed in that department at the moment. Here in Leeds the roads are mainly clear now, but the pavements are still pretty nightmarish in some places.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: February 6th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cars are very much a necessary evil round here and serve only as a way of getting from A to B. It is frustrating that mine won't go back in the garage - even with kharin in the car, it slid around on the driveway as I came back tonight. It's a good job we weren't planning on going anywhere over the weekend as it looks like it will be very icy tonight, and the local council has announced there will be No Gritting until Further Notice.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: February 6th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. I am sorry about the car (and the driving in the dark). Is he badly shaken? I assume a deer wasn't involved this time.

On the bright side, I suppose the recycling hasn't been collected this week either. It dawned on me this afternoon that something Garrod-related may have been chucked in mine last weekend (just a photocopy, so replaceable).
qatsi From: qatsi Date: February 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't checked yet, but I assume no recycling collection (none here), but I wouldn't rate the condition of anything you might want to retrieve.

No deer, no cyclist on the pavement ... just a road sign :(
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