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Monday 7th January 2019 10:20 pm

I have solved all my car problems (and I realised I have four things about it that aren't quite right) by buying a new car. It's the same as my old car, only newer and a model up. And still red, of course (I have found that it's not just me who finds having a red car makes me invisible on the roads, but how can I have a car that's not red?). Which is about the only thing I didn't compromise on when I bought it.

Toyota seem to have decided, in updating their cars, to make them 20 cm longer. That 20cm is in the boot, which is fine. But then to make up for that they made it so the back seats don't go forwards. And I think they made it so there's less leg room in the back, but it's hard to tell because I test drove a car where you could raise the front seat, so then I had to have it further back. I really wanted a car where I have to move the seat all the way forward, but it seems that the only way to do that is to buy a car for tall people, in which case I can't reach the pedals. Or chop my legs off, but that seems a bit drastic.

They have removed a lot of storage from inside the car. According to the salesman this is to accommodate air bags. A comparison of the car I sat in and my car tells me this is completely and total rubbish. The trouble is that I have a lot of stuff in the car. On the other hand, I might not need it all in there. I opened a compartment I hadn't opened for ages and found, among other things, an ice scraper. I own four ice scrapers, in various sizes. Last winter I used one once to remove snow off my car. I think it's safe to say I don't need four of them. Especially as the new car will have heated wing mirrors. Although I have no way of knowing if they ever work because I haven't seen my wing mirrors with ice on them since before I moved to a house with a garage.

I have got a hybrid. They are more expensive, but you save on petrol. I reckon by the time it dies I should break even on that... Annoyingly hybrids only come in automatic (which are completely unintuitive to drive - and since the left foot isn't doing anything, why not have some controls down there? It would be the perfect place for the radio volume controls). The only thing that reconciled me to the automatic is some research that tells me that's how hybrid/electric cars are going, so by the time I need another new car manual won't be an option any more, so it won't matter that I've forgotten how to drive it.

And it's a 1.5. I currently have a 1.0 which is enough power 99% of the time. It's possible I won't notice the extra power because I've never had a car which can pass a lorry while going up a hill on the dual carriageway, so I'll probably forget that it's a possibility with the new one. Although in the new car I won't be able to go down to fourth gear to try it. (The more I think about it the more crazy it is that there's nothing for my left foot to do)

The hardest thing to figure out will be the lack of CD player. I had to compromise on that to get a digital radio (for 5 Live Sports Extra tennis listening purposes) and more important a digital speedometer (and not to end up with a car that felt like a downgrade from my last one. I tend to listen to all the Big Finish CDs (and sometimes some music CDs) in the car. The new car does have a USB port, so I can always put whatever I want to listen to on my mp3 player, if it doesn't work with my iPod. But I have a load of CDs hanging around and I like the CDs. Even if they take up space, I still like them. But when I get round to getting rid of my old computer I'll only have two CD players in the house (and I did look into plugging a CD player into the USB port of the car and it can't be done due to lack of power).

(I know I need to do a Never Seen Star Wars post for this month, but I'm still deciding what it should be - and have spent a lot of my free time lately researching cars).


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2018 fic roundup
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 8:00 pm

Summary: The year of the long (for me) fic.

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Yuletide 2018
Tuesday 1st January 2019 12:05 pm

When coming up with what I wanted for Yuletide I hesitated to put The Avengers on it, despite having rewatched some recently and wanting it. My first Yuletide I got an Avengers fic and it was perfectly tailored to what I asked for. I thought what are the chances of getting something like that again? Turns out, the answer is 100%.
Must Be Tuesday (2959 words) by rabidsamfan
Fandom: The Avengers (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Emma Peel, John Steed
Summary: Steed Takes a Fall
Mrs Peel Rises to the Occasion

Then despite being busy I somehow managed to write three fics. The first was Galaxy Quest, which I saw in the tag set, thought maybe I'd like to write that, rewatched it during sign ups, then decided I would like to write it, so offered it. And ended up being assigned it. For some reason it ended up taking four drafts before it got to what I was trying to do with it, but I still really enjoyed writing it. And doing a lot of rewatching.
Willing to Walk Away (4610 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gwen DeMarco/Jason Nesmith
Characters: Gwen DeMarco, Alexander Dane
Summary: Life on the new Galaxy Quest series is better than on the original series. But it's still not good enough for Alexander.

And then I really liked dbskyler's Randall & Hopkirk prompt. I had the beginning in mind for a while, and once I'd written my assignment and had a lot more time at home than I was expecting due to my car not starting, I ended up writing the rest.
More Trouble Than They're Worth (3436 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Marty Hopkirk, Jeff Randall
Summary: It's just a simple divorce case, until it isn't. As usual for Randall and Hopkirk.

I wanted to write Belinda Blinked and I had an idea as to how to start the story. Then we finished book 4 and I realised I could use my start to take it in a slightly different direction. And then it turns out to be harder to write like Rocky than I expected and I just couldn't work in any semi-colons. But I did manage to have Giselle blinking.
Giselle's Honeymoon (585 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Belinda Blinked Series - Rocky Flintstone
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Giselle Maarschalkerweerd de Klotz/Tony Sylvester, Tony Sylvester/Original Female Character, Giselle Maarschalkerweerd de Klotz/Tony Sylvester/Original Female Character
Characters: Giselle Maarschalkerweerd de Klotz, Tony Sylvester
Additional Tags: badly written sex, No semi-colons
Summary: Giselle's on her honeymoon with Tony, but she's not satisfied yet. Spoilers for book 4.


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