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SoCS March 23, 2019 – Mail
“Your Friday Prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last piece of mail you received.” Talk about the subject of the last piece of physical mail you received, i.e. a gas bill – talk about the gas, not the bill itself. Have fun!” – Linda G Hill
The last piece of physical mail I received was a “Renewal Questionnaire” from the Automobile Club. The Automobile Club is the carrier for our car insurance. I must fill out the questionnaire and return to the Club as required to receive the verified mileage discount at renewal.
We have two cars, one is an Acura, a sedan car which is my car. It’s registered in my name and I’m supposed to be the primary driver even though my husband does most of the driving these days. The second car is a Hummer, an SUV which is my husband’s car. It’s registered in his name.
I pay the annual license fee and the insurance fee for my car and my husband pays the same for his car. The Auto Club calculates the insurance based on the annual mileage driven by that car.
I bought the Acura in year 2000 as a gift for myself after I graduated with the Doctorate of Education degree. My school district was 22 miles away from home. My driving was about 45 miles a day for work, five days a week. Then I drove about 15 miles a day during the weekends. My annual driving was from 12,000 miles to 15,000 miles. I retired in 2010 and put in less mileage to the car.
My husband bought the Hummer in 2011 for a low mileage used 2010 car because the manufacture stopped making Hummer in 2011. He worked closer to home and drove about 12 miles a day with the annual mileage of 2,100 to 3,000 miles a year. He retired in 2017.
The insurance payment we pay for the cars depends on the annual mileage. When the mileage is above a certain number, we pay the regular insurance based on the depreciation of the car and the driver’s driving record that year. When the annual mileage is lower than a certain number, it’s leisure driving and the insurance is lower.
Since we both retired, for saving car insurance money, we use my car for everyday driving. My husband drives the Hummer only when we go out for a date night once a week and go to church on Sunday. He likes to do that because the Acura is 19 years old and he keeps the Hummer in a good shape. I’m practical!
We save car insurance on the Hummer!
Share Your World – June 4, 2018
Cee posts excellent questions in this week’s Share Your World – June 4, 2018.
A piece of clothing from your younger childhood you still remember?
I came to the US 40 years ago as a student. I checked in 2 suitcases to my flight. I had one carry on, and my purse. I wish I had brought more sentimental items, but I couldn’t. In fact, my carry on was too full that the security people asked me to take out something to leave behind. The problem was that I packed them very tight. After I took out something and repacked them, the bag was bigger than before. If you like camping and roll every piece of clothing tight to make your packing compact, you could visualize how I packed my bag.
During my three years of studies in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, I moved 9 times. In 1980, I drove from Seattle to Los Angles, California by myself. It was 1,1 75 miles with 18 hours of driving. I stopped overnight in San Francisco. Next day I still arrived Los Angles after dark. The freeway was very intimidating to a new person in town.
Even if I had brought a piece of childhood clothing, it couldn’t have survived with so many moving. Fortunately, my sister had scanned some of my childhood photos and I made copies of them. The first one was when I was six years old. I wore a Chinese style top and matching fabric pants. The second photo was when I was in third grade with the school uniform, a white shirt and a blue skirt with straps.
Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do? Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.I would like to be a competitive swimmer. I learned swimming in the ocean when I was in Hong Kong. After I graduated from college and started working, it was hard to find time to go to the beach. I went swimming in an outdoor pool in a park. During one swimming, I slipped and almost got drown. Ever since then, I was afraid of water. I still swim, but only in shallow water.
The photo was taken when Mercy, Will and her friend participated in the Triathlon.
In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?
I had driven long miles during my working life. I stayed in the same school district for 25 years even though we moved three times. The furthest distance was 30 miles with heavy traffic. The longest time it took to go to work was two and a half hours. The driving put a lot of stress on me, so we moved closer, but it was still a 21 miles drive.
After I retired, I don’t like to drive too much, especially at night. If I had a choice, I prefer to be a passenger.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
I appreciate that I could spend the time to do gardening, trim the grape vines, watching the Red Throat Hummingbirds, the House Finch birds, and the Mourning Doves.
Cee’s Share Your World – June 4, 2018
Loved and Missed
She was trembling with frightening tears
Stroking his hair and the warm body
Her sobbing in a distance
Echoed in a quiet neighborhood
My feet were on rhythmic steps
Stretching my ankles and knees
The sorrow weep was not overlooked
My steps turned to the corner of the green
Stooped down and gently inquiring
Her first words were of guilt and fear
She let her dog run free under her watch
Street was far from major intersect
Had no worries of passing vehicles
She leisurely tended her roses and lilacs
A truck made a sharp turn around the corner
The dog was alerted by the sudden squeak
Ran toward home as fast as his legs could take
Shortened by inches running away from the wheel
The truck moved on without hesitation
Left the sweet little dog lying still
She was beside herself by the frightening sight
Picked up her precious with bewilderment
Fear and tears overpowering her senses
Husband’s displeasing, she couldn’t bear
No words could comfort such loss
Complicated by worrisome consequence
Stayed by her side offered my condolence
Eased her guilt of incidence not in her control
My presence did not reverse the tragedy
A little understanding and company
Seemed to ease her trembling
She wiped the tears, a glance with uncertainty
A pat on her laps and a nod of my head
I went on for my exercise, wishing her the best