I have wheels again. Today I pulled out all of my cards and made sure that I was present during the whole process of getting my vehicle back on the road. I called on my friends from the neighbourhood who I had done some computer maintenance work to see if they would help me transport the gas tank over to the shop with their truck. They agreed and so went the journey from Fort Langley to South Langley Township, the Fern Ridge Brookswood area, to pick up the tank, and then from there over to Surrey in the Newton area where the shop is located.
There was the mechanic, Dan, who was expecting me. I got to see first hand how busy he was with the parking lot full of other cars waiting to be fixed. I was very grateful that he took me on today between two large jobs that he had on the go. I had to wait while he took care of another costumer before mine was put onto the hoist. Within an hour once he started working on it the tank was installed. The truck fired up on the first try—I was happy until I got the bill.
So now that I have my life back, I quickly started catching up on all the things I had previously postponed, one of them was going out to doing a good food shop. Normally I would have just bough from the local store here in town but the cost on some items are through the roof, so shopping at some of the big-box outfits is now necessary.
Two things today that I took notice of are the effects on traffic that the Pettullu Bridge is having since the fire underneath it last week, and the president of the USA with his deceleration of closing Guantánamo Bay, Cuba of its detention centre. These two news stories got me thinking about how fast things can change right at home when we are faced with change, from abroad, whether it be a positive or a negative one.
Traffic in the Fraser Valley took a turn for the worst as a fire destroy part of the bridge deck of the Pettullu Bridge last week. The very next day it was said that motorist were backed up for up to four hours trying cross the river at other bridges. I first thing I I did was asked on of the bus drivers, when I was catching the bus, “are people using the transit system more due to the extra strain on the road system going into the Vancouver area”? The bus driver at the time told me that the ridership has stayed the same. This does not surprise me because of the inconvenience of not using a vehicle still outweighs taking mass transit by most people. In other words, even if one bridge was still passable, 1.2 million cars will still use it to go to work.
I applaud the US for doing the right thing regarding Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. For a country that claims to have one of the best human rights record on the Earth, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was sure in contrast to that notion. The very thought of having two rules of law is a black eye in the very concept of justice in a democratic Western society. Sadly this only promotes other governments to follow suit with such illegal detentions centres that house prisoners without a fair trial and just cause. The very thought of using torture on prisoners also is something that the world should not take lightly. I really hope that this does not get swept under the carpet, but rather be put under the microscope at an international level.