Tuesday In The Snow –

Tuesday, December 29, 2015  -( -12˚C / +10˚F & Snowing here in Atlantic Canada @ 2:15 pm )-

Snowy Road in Fredericton, NB on Tuesday, 29 December, 2015.
This was taken at about 12:45 pm while we were taking the safest route down from the top of the hill at Prospect Street on the South Side of Fredericton. I think this is Knowledge Park Drive before we reached Kimble Drive. The driving wasn’t too bad, but for Cathi it was nerve-wracking. There was just enough black ice so she couldn’t relax until we got home. Latest ‘Guess-timates’ indicate we should expect about 15 cm / 6 inches of snow before it tapers off this evening. Farther south, St John is expected to get more like 25 cm / 10 inches?

We needed new brake pads and rotors to pass inspection this year and today was Cathi’s best chance to get the work done and the inspection taken care of. Luckily, the rotors cost about 1/10th of what Monroe Muffler’s extortionists wanted to charge for Bronco II rotors in Ithaca, New York in 1990. —> Beware of mechanics who depend on the money they get from ‘commission’ on sales of parts you don’t need in order to feed their families. Even worse, beware of ice-holes who scheme and plot the planned obsolescence that insures you need to replace parts before they would ordinarily wear out. Monroe Muffler’s slogan “We don’t fix what ain’t broken” is misleading. They replace what ain’t broken. Cathi doesn’t think they could get away with that kind of unethical practice up here, but mechanics at the Canadian Tire store in Arnprior, Ontario pull that kind of ‘bull-chips’ all the time. — You don’t want to be anywhere near anybody who makes a living by cheating honest people when those chips hit the fan. I’m hoping we found the most honest mechanics in the area. The most honest mechanic I know in the Ithaca, New York area was told to tell the proud owner of a brand new Volkswagen Rabbit that she needed $300.++ (plus) of engine work when her problem was a loose vacuum hose. When he told his boss he couldn’t lie like that the boss told him, “If you want a job here, you will do exactly as I told you to do-” So he connected the vacuum hose, drove the Rabbit out of the bay, handed the woman her keys and told her to go home and look for an honest mechanic, – grabbed his tools and went home. Instead of making $34.00 an hour as a mechanic he was making $125.00 a week before taxes and expenses delivering newspapers for a dishonest newspaper publisher.

I’ve got more horror stories, but I’ll save those for later.

Today did not give us another horror story like that.

This world's sexiest, most interesting and wonderful person sitting in a waiting room, waiting for or van to pass inspection.
Cathi, sitting in the waiting room at our honest mechanics’ place on Hanwell Road in Hanwell, NB, The owner told us we could turn on the heater, but we were so warmly layered that we might have melted if we did that. No, she really didn’t just swallow a canary – She’s probably wondering what kind of craziness her spouse will be up to next-
Fifteen minutes into today's snow storm.
At about 10:15 am, after a little more than fifteen minutes of snow falling this morning here, I shot this photo of our van waiting outside the inspection station / garage. A couple minutes later one of the mechanics walked by and commented, “Hey- it’s really coming down out there-” It took about an hour for the storm to completely cover any traces of asphalt on the ground in the parking lot.
Westmorland Bridge, Fredericton, NB. in a snow storm, Tuesday, 29 December, 2015.
Just before 5 minutes to 1:00 pm, I got lucky taking this shot out the passenger’s side window as we zoomed up the entrance ramp to the Westmorland Bridge. The river isn’t quite frozen yet- and you can’t see the lines of cars driving more slowly than usual here.
St John River in a snow storm, Tuesday, December 29th, 2015.
Just about five minutes to one pm. We had crossed the Westmorland Bridge in Fredericton and taken the first exit northbound on the north side. This is what the stormy St John River looked like from there.
Canada Street about even with the Circle K convenience store/Irving Gas Station, heading north.
Canada Street, just north of the Bridge Street / Crockett Street intersection, with the Irving Station / Circle K convenience store just out of the picture to the left. The slight hill here can be a bit treacherous in a heavy snow storm or especially during freezing rain, but we did okay today with front wheel drive.
Wellington Court, Fredericton, NB on Tuesday, 29 December, 2015 after about 3 hours of snow falling today.
Wellington Court – We got home at a little after 1:05 pm – The time we would have been pulling into the garage for our inspection appointment if we hadn’t called in to check how the scheduling was going at a little after 9 am this morning. This is just before Cathi backed into our driveway.

— We did good – and I got a Christmas Card from my favourite Colorado relatives when I checked the mail box a couple minutes after taking the last photo above. 🙂

~~~~~ Jim