Where have I been?

Well, I have been bit busy and really tired for the past few weeks. It’s september and it was again time to start a new semester. I still do work at the same time and have all the other things to do, so it has been a constant battle. But I think I’m finding the balance, slowly but surely..

Yes, the car crash did take it’s toll too, in many ways. I spent time trying to figure out what type of car I should go for and ended up going “smart”. Since we’re going to move to UK next fall, I decided to get a car that was as new and fuel efficient as possible, but still have enough room for all of us. This meant it had to be stationwagon.. I ended up getting a newish (still 7yrs younger than the previous!) Renault Megane stw. Funny enoguh the engine is about half the size of the Omega’s engine, but since the car is small and relatively light, it’s not that slow even though it’s no rocket. Let’s say that it’s performance is enough to keep me from crying behind the wheel.. 😉 I was tempted to go for bit more expensive and luxurious ride, but I have to keep in mind I should try to save as much money as possible for the UK move and year.

I am most likely going to get close to what I paid for the Renault when I sell it and I theught it was no use to buy the “moving/traveling car” yet. There were not too many too choose from this time and I assume there will be domething right available during the next 11 months. I am looking at a car/van/mini-van/truck that would be comfy for two people and two dogs with our luggage when we’re driving close to 3000miles. It has to have rating for a trailer that can haul some stuff there and back, plus some extra capability for the extra stuff comingback.. Currently I am thinking about Chevy conversion van (“Starcraft”), Suburban or similar. Ford Excursion is way too big for the need and it’s too expensive on top of that.. Sure enough I prefer turbo diesel engine for towing and longer trips. There also should be the obvious accessories/stuff, like AC, towing kit, roof rails, etc..

D-Ma

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Kainu approved


Kainu approved

Originally uploaded by D-Ma

Our walk last night was obviously approved by Kainu, just look at his face!

What else will they come up with?

I just had to log in and post about this even though I’m still recovering and trying to start my studies again this semester.

So US officials are going to require a “online registeration” or what ever it’s officially called, from all the national who do not need visa to USA. This seems to be something I should do couple days before my trip to USA and it would also cost something. What the FUCK?! Sure the price is marginal for a traveller, but still! What’s the point of this thing? They are saying it is because of the security reasons, but if we don’t need visa, why this extra shit then?! In my opinion it’s just a way to collect extra funds for the government.

Next thing I hear someone saying is that don’t come to USA if you don’t like to pay something as little as that is. Well.. I won’t then! I have loved it over there every time I’ve visited USA and have thought I’d travel over there when I have the time, but.. There’s so many other cool places to go where I don’t need to pay that kind of extra “tax”. Hell, I’d rather apply a VISA for a visit in a great destination than have something as dumb as that little registeration and fee. Way to go guys!

I’m so pissed off about this thing that I did change one route a bit.. Yup, why bother visiting Miami if you have to deal with that kind of shit if you can have fun in Jamaica. And they do fly direct to Jamaica from even other countries than USA. And in the end of the day I assume that “Around the World” route would be shit loads of more fun.

So now I have vented. I hope you do something about the mandness that has caused even this little bump. Vote and even after elections give the fuckers hard time if they’re not satisfying you out there in DC. Fuck, they’re there to represent you and make YOU happy! And if you’re happy when the borders are closing, remember how much fun they have in the “other Korea”, you know which one I mean..

D-Ma