The Weekly Smile for the 26th of July, 2021 #weeklysmile

I am going to chose a very strange weekly smile this week! Well, before I get to it, I will talk about a few minor smiles – I did some drawing and computer art that I thought turned out well. I’m looking at book covers, so I can’t share quite yet… I also did some writing, which is always nice, and enjoyed some reading. None of that is worth an entire “Smile” post, and most of the week was pretty normal, except that I was carless. Is that word? Anyway, I was without a car from Sunday through Saturday.

I’ve written about my car woes elsewhere, and they are not really smile worthy, so I won’t mention that part here. But there is the sequel…

Although it has been nice since I picked up the car so I have been driving with the windows down, I did check out the air system. It actually works and the entire car doesn’t shake when I turn it on! The blower is fine, the air conditioner cools and the heater heats.

With the full checkup and everything else (I did the most expensive “oil change”/maintenance option), the car feels tighter than it has in a while. Tires rotated and balanced feel good. No rattles or shakes or shimmies or anything. As I said, it just feels tight.

I have been losing air in one tire and pumping it up (by hand) every two or three days. They tell me they didn’t pump it up at all when it was in the shop and it has been fine since I’ve picked it up. Right now it has been a week without losing any air pressure. Odd.

I can tell they did software updates on all of the systems. They always do, but I usually don’t notice a difference. For some reason, it seems a little different.

As part of the cleanup, I had to have the car detailed (it was a must!! I do not want to say why…). So everything on the interior is nice and shiny. The car smells of cleaner, though the smell of the disinfectant they had to use on the air system is even stronger. But driving with the windows open has freshened it quite a bit.

Long story short, my 8-year-old car seems brand new. It drives well and is nice and shiny. I don’t have to pump the tire (yet). It just feels new. I don’t want to have to go through the hassle, or cost, of having to have my car repaired, but if I do, it is great to get it back feeling like new!

That is my smile for the week, getting back my “brand new” 8-year-old car after last week’s emergency.

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

68 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 26th of July, 2021 #weeklysmile

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  4. Ju-Lyn

    I read your post and smile a lot … partly in empathy (who hasn’t had car troubles, right?), partly in admiration – that you are able to celebrate the safe return of your car and be grateful and happy. Mostly I don’t notice when the car functions well, but only get grumpy when things go wrong.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I will admit that I was a bit grumpy when the car broke down! lol But in the large scheme of things there it wasn’t so bad, and getting it back was great :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do drive a lot with the windows down, but I do need AC when on the highway, so having it back is a good thing. I’ll be by in a few minutes to check out your smile :)

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  5. Prior...

    Hi Trent – the car seems ready to go inside and out!
    And some cars have a lot of life to get from them and it sounds like the way you cater to a car it will bring you many more years

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Having the car back like new is great :) It is a Ford as well – a C-Max plugin hybrid. And, funny enough, I have a(n) (inherited) green parrot named Figgy, though that is short for Figaro. I have no idea how old Figgy is – over 30. I’ll be by in a few minutes to checkout your smile :)

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      1. Natasha

        Woaaah! That is some synchronicity indeed; I don’t believe in coincidences, you see! :))

        I have a Ford Figo.

        Figaro a.k.a Figaro sounds delightful. Would love you to share pictures someday.

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  8. Maria

    I bet that was a very nice feeling to get your car back in even better shape than it was prior to the little mishap. Definitely something to smile about !

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          If I lived in a city I would try to live without the car. Very cool that you can do it. For now I have the plug-in hybrid, so use as little gas as possible and will replace this car with a full electric one. Still, any car is a waste in so many ways….

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          1. Maria

            It is cool that you have a hybrid. The Swedish government put in a petition earlier this month suggesting to make it illegal to sell any new cars that uses fossil fuel by 2030.

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              It’s a plug in, so I get 20 miles of electric. It’s great Sweden is doing that. I thought I had read that Volvo had already committed to all electric by then anyway. The rumor is that the deal Biden is making with US carmakers is 50% electric by 2030, but I hope they move faster than that….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Wow, almost 20! As long as you don’t have to repair it all of the time, that’s great. I typically buy new and keep the car until it is between 10 and 12 years old – anything less seems wasteful, but more and I start having issues. But then, maybe I already had my issues with this car ;) Thanks for joining in :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think a car stops being new when I have to replace the tires for the first time ;) And when it is paid off…. It is a baby when I have a loan, an adult when it is paid off but still running well and old when no longer runs so well.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m not driving a lot right now, but it was a long time to be carless. Having it back is good, but having it seem almost new is a plus. I do like to keep the writing up. It feels great. Hope you are getting some writing done. Also hope you enjoy the book :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      To those of us who don’t live in cities, cars are almost a necessity, and so a major love… something that becomes obvious when they are missing. Of course, this love affair is just what is ruining our planet (my car is a plugin hybrid and I do most short range trips 100% renewable electric, but still…)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I really need to prepare the smile posts on Sunday, but never do. It is difficult on those Mondays that are straight out… It is great having the car back, and with it almost like new, a double treat :) I’ll stop by in a few minutes.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Freshly cleaned cars do! I don’t know if detailing would have helped the leaking water pump or any of those other issues, but it would have been a good looking broken car then ;)

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