15 October and the Ducato has yet to be painted, though it is ‘bogged’ and primed. Until today I haven’t pushed it; I figure that there are lots of nice people with only one car who need their vehicles repaired before me. When I spoke to the Boss on Wednesday he said he would do his best to get it done by Friday. When he rang on Thursday night I weakened and said it was OK, I could wait until next week but I HAD to have it by Thursday, I have things to do before I go. I have booked it in for a service on 1 November (I leave on 5 November) and have been to look at and choose a decal for the sides.
I have problem with the pronunciation of “decal”. It’s one of those words you immediately recognise when it’s written but rarely have the need to say! I Googled it, of course, and got some audios to choose from – “dee kal” but in some there is emphasis on the “dee” in others on the “kal”. Then there was the “dek ul” option, especially if you are Canadian, it seems. I gave up and called it a sticker, until today. I went and saw the sign writer to choose one and learned it can be called a vinyl graphic. I’m comfortable with that.
I have chosen a pattern, picked out some colours, 3 shades of blue (surprised?) and the lovely guy will go and measure the Ducato, magically change it to fit on the Ducato and email me a preview of three colour combinations for me to choose from. Seemingly the pattern was someone’s tattoo! I could have purchased one, ready to go, on the internet. I have no faith in my ability to apply it without getting wrinkles, breaking it or something equally as tragic.
I’ve also been thinking about the fridge, a 3 way gas, power and battery model. It’s far from new, 14 years old, like the Ducato. I’m not sure it runs properly on battery and I would never leave it on gas while I am driving. I had it looked at in March and the auto electrician said she had fixed it. I looked at new ones and was very surprised to learn they are $1700 plus $300 for a new gas certificate. It’s not going to happen.
I have already brought a reversing camera, an absolute necessity without Dasha being with me, and a small inverter. I also need 2 new house batteries. I have been to the auto electrician, who has been to visit the Ducato ‘in situ’ at the panel beaters and sorted it out for me. Everyone has been so helpful.