Dire Straits Direct

The end of the month … My esteemed insurance company chose to pay me out what they call the “retail” value of the car, which ended up being R10 000 less than what I paid (over 20% of the value of the car).

Also, R2 000 additional for the radio which has not been forthcoming, and I’m out of pocket a sizeable amount.

They refuse to acknowledge that their valuation system has no bearing on reality, so basically, this is a big UP YOURS to Dial Direct.

Well that was a complete waste of time

My new (pre-owned) Mercedes-Benz was written off on 29 July 2004 by a Bantam bakkie (that’s a light delivery vehicle or “pick-up” for non-South Africans), that failed to check the main road for traffic whilst crossing the intersection from a stop street. I was not even travelling 50km per hour.

I’m fine, although whiplash is taking a slight toll on my flexibility. I’m getting tired of the lawlessness on the roads. My sister, who was a passenger in the car with me, is also unimpressed.

In other news, I’m still waiting for a response on a job interview, where I might work 4 days a week in Pretoria. I’m not expecting to get it, which is the best outlook, because if I don’t I won’t be upset.

Oh, by the way, I think South Africa’s newest reality show, Project Fame, sucks big time. Just my humble opinion.