Out for a Drive

I was finally able to get away late yesterday afternoon to try out my “new” truck. WOW. What a difference!!! Moya is purring again instead of roaring. The only person I’ve ever had comment on how noisy she was was my friend M — Mexicans never took notice. But I sure found it embarrassing. Just because she’s looking so very worn doesn’t mean she doesn’t have to sound like it!

The AC worked great, too! It was super super cold, but still got Moya to a very comfortable temperature. I did three stops and each time I’d climb in back in, I’d marvel at how luxurious it felt to go back into a cool truck. When I got home, I was hit by a wave of hot humid air as I exited — that’s how significant the difference inside and out were. And as the ultimate test, I went out in a tee shirt and it and it stayed dry all through my errands.

I didn’t really have any reason to go out, so I decided to head to my favourite second-hand store (San Damian) as I’ve had good luck there finding nice dresses and skirts. I came out of the dressing room wearing one dress that had two other customers and the employee gasp when they saw me in it, so that told me I had to go home with it:

I wanted to go to Office Depot and Scotiabank next and could have done those two stops nearby at Plaza Las Americas, but we were coming into rush hour and I knew parking was going to be a nightmare. So I headed to the Office Depot on Montejo.

I have a love/hate relationship with Office Depot in Mexico. Every time I’ve made an expensive purchase with them, I’ve had issues and lost my money as their refund policy is laughable. But who doesn’t like to browse office supplies?! Staff at the Montejo store (the only one I’ve been to) is always super helpful. Last time I was there, I wanted sheet protectors and asked for “protectores de hojas,” translating literally, and before I could add anything, the clerk told me I had the correct term, took me to them, and explained the differences between each one. Yesterday, I wanted a blotter-type desk calendar. I asked for a big paper desk calendar that you can write your own dates on and the lady immediately knew what I wanted. I had no idea you could get them in any size but ginormous. I went with large medium. 🙂

Then, I drove up the street and parked at a mini mall to be able to go to Scotiabank. And since I was parked there and I had a coupon, I grabbed at delicious burger from Carl’s Jr. to take home for dinner. Let’s just say my food was not as hot when it got home as it normally is. 😉

What a difference having the AC made yesterday! I agree with Bast in her last comment that 4,000 pesos isn’t that much amortised over two years and a bit, but it’s a huge chunk of change towards my new computer. So as long as the AC works the way it is now, I don’t see a reason to make a permanent fix, especially since Moya is likely destined for a scrapyard by February or March of ’21. 🙁

I suspect I’ll be off this weekend and if I am, I’m taking Bonita for a spin!