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The Birds are Singing and Yo estoy contento!!! (i am happy)

Well, well, well, sometimes things go better than you could even hope...and today was one of them...

 

Not only was the car done a day early (never happened to me before in 50 years), but it was done right, and it came in at a price far less than my wildest dreams...

Take a listen...

After discussing our schedules, and deciding that lessons would have to wait, Alfonso and I caught the bus for Puerto Lopez, I got the senior rate, and both of us cost $3.15, then we got the two front seats with lots of leg room, and then we got many, many miles of uninterrupted cruising where nobody got on or off...bottom line is that we got there faster than our last drive on the same route...also no delays at the new highway construction...

So...we arrive at the garage, and our mechanico has to get himself completely out of a huge truck engine compartment, get the grease of his hands, and shake hands all around...

First off, he presents us with the original receipts for the new head gasket, thermostat and fuel pump, plus antifreeze, oil and other little stuff, and he did not add anything to these prices...in fact, they almost all added up to the 50 bucks that I had paid previously, and he said that he would round it off at that price, because the man spent an entire day on the bus and in the variousl parts houses getting the right items to fix the car...

We then took us for a test drive, and there was no additional heat anywhere in the engine, and there was even quite a bit more power...and it was hot, and the A/C worked perfectly...and no run up in the temp...

Then, we go back to the garage where he tells us he and his crew worked on the car Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a lot of Monday...and this is where he sheepishly gives us a bill for $120.00--I could have kissed him!!!

And, if that's not enough, he takes Alfonso and me all around to each part of the car interior and points out what we left in there, including jack, and other fluids etc, and indicates to us that "see, all the pieces that could walk away, are still in place..."  And this includes change in both front door pulls, and in the front console (used for toll roads, bridges, and for fotos...)

By now, I was patting him on the back and calling him my Buen Amigo...

And to top off all of the wonderfulness happening in Puerto Lopez, the City of Manglaralto, where we live, had chosen this downtime with the car, to put in new water pipes past our front gates, and the huge long ditch was dug, pipe laid, and filled in, just in time for us to drive in our yard and shut the gate--it was also about 15 degrees cooler on the other side of our gate, where the prevailing ocean breezes make it feel like the A/C is on... 

So, to say that we had a good day, is to put it extremely mildly--As an ol' coot, I learned quickly that I didn't love walking all about--if I ever did...so, I even sent out four beers to the guys who had worked so hard in the heat to make sure that we had a filled in trench in front of the house...all done from the end of a shovel, I might add...no dozer in sight...

It doesn't hardly get much better than this!!!

 

 

 

Posted on Tue, March 31, 2009 at 03:44PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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