Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Just as things seemed to be getting better ...

After the brief euphoria induced by my finally managing to fight a wargame, yesterday brought me back down to earth with a bit of a bump. My car went in for a service and its annual MOT roadworthiness test. The car passed its MOT after new brake pads had been fitted, and it was delivered back to me during the early afternoon.

Later during the afternoon I set off to pick up two friends from a local station so that we could all go to a Masonic Lodge of Instruction meeting. When I drove over a speed bump just half a mile from my house, a loud screeching sound suddenly started coming from the rear nearside wheel. I stopped my car at the first place it was safe to do so, phoned my mechanic to ask his advice, and then slowly drove back home. I then borrowed my wife's Lexus (something that she was somewhat reluctant to do) and set off to pick up my friends.

This morning my car was collected by my mechanic ... and an hour later it was returned, fixed. Apparently one of the springs that reduce the vibration of the brake pads when the brakes are applied had come adrift, and was rubbing against the brake disc. Once a new spring was fitted, the problem was cured.

I now have a fully functioning car, and can turn my thoughts to my next wargame. With luck that should take place later this week ... and I can hardly wait to start pushing my toy soldier around on the tabletop.

4 comments:

  1. While it shouldn't have happened at all, at least it happened at a low speed.

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  2. Tim Gow,

    Very true! Apparently the noise was far worse than any damage the loose spring would have caused had I continued to drive ... but the screetch put my teeth on edge, and there was no way I was going to drive any further than I had to.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Clearly something has been happening with LOI's this week. We have had the mystery of the missing LOI nationwide passbook. Everyone has been getting in a froth over this as it has over £600 in it and the brother who last had it has been somewhat elusive. The new treasurer etc got nowhere with his enquiries as his name was not on the book.

    Fortunately a very helpful girl at the Nationwide did her Sherlock Holmes impression and it transpired that the names on the book were a chap who died in 1999 and me. Problem solved and new book ordered.

    Guy

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  4. Guy,

    It sounds typical of the sort of thing that happens in most organisations where things are kept reasonably informal. Not long ago we realised that our LOI account needed new signatories as they had not been changed for many years ... and that two of the three existing signatories had passed to the Grand Lodge above.

    In our case the bank was also very helpful ... but I am grateful that the account was not with Santander, who have a reputation for being less than cooperative in these circumstances.

    All the best,

    Bob

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