March 13, 2013

PermalinkWhole Again




As you may recall, I ran my wife's car off the road back in December while traveling to Indiana for Christmas. It was a moment to remember. Well, everyone was fine as previously reported and I was thankful. But it was hard to deal with the reality of busting up a new car with only 2,000 miles on it. It was like a bad dream. Well, as soon as we got home, I went to work on it. Went to Allstate right away and they gave me a $5,000 quote. The guy couldn't find 1/2 the parts to estimate because the car was a 2013. After he was done, he told me he was sure that estimate was low...really low. But that's how the game is played. Off to the body shop for the real work.

We asked around and only one name kept coming back, Stuttgart Auto Body, in Englewood, CO. So I called and asked when they could get me in. About 2 weeks later, we had the car there. They told me the estimate was off but that is normal. They would work with Allstate to adjust it. I need not be involved. Wow! I had visions of having to play the middle man to beg to get my car fixed right. Not the case. The shop kept me informed along the way. They had Allstate out to the shop and got the estimate revised to $21,000. Whoa. More like it. I knew this wasn't going to be cheap.

Basically then, we waited. The car is new so there were shortages on parts. Specifically the front and rear bumper covers. I stayed patient. The shop could only do so much when they can't get the parts from Germany. The car is sold out around the nation so pulling a bumper out of an assembly line batch to fix a busted car took some time. I was annoyed by this situation but sort of understood. Ended up escalating through the dealership a bit so they knew this was a priority. Eventually, the parts showed and the car was being reassembled. All the metal on the right side was swapped. New fender. New quarter panel. 2 new door skins. 2 new rims. All that had to be painted and put back in place. The shop took the car to the dealer for a full diagnostic check-up and then we went and picked it up today.

It looks brilliant. Paint matches perfectly. That metallic paint "bounces" anyway in the light so its a great match. There is one weld seam I am told and I couldn't find it. These guys did great work and I would recommend them to anyone. The lot is full of European cars that have been in accidents. Its the right place to take your like vehicle if you live here.

So we are a 2 car family again. I "suffered" by loaning my H2 to Kim for 2.5 months. But now we are whole again. Back on the road. Back to normal.

Drive safely. I will...because I used up my "accident forgiveness" on that little deal.

Posted: 19:08 MDT in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments

February 17, 2013



Recently at the cabin, we assembled a catapult that I got for Christmas from my Mom. Spent the evening hurling every thing we could find around the house.

Posted: 21:19 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 39.249332, -106.323166
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February 12, 2013

PermalinkShake It

Shake It

Posted: 18:03 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 40.143501, -105.1315
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February 2, 2013

PermalinkOut Of My Hands

Out Of My Hands

Syd likes her runs like most like their coffee. BLACK. We skied them all day. She is nutso. She even sings the Avenged Sevenfold song of the same name while descending this one. Be afraid.

Posted: 15:13 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 39.3575, -106.287334
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January 31, 2013

PermalinkStep Up

Step Up

This snow is garbage. Not enough for spikes. Just enough to slide on logs. Starting to feel like a hiatus from this mountain is in order.

Posted: 10:06 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 40.001166, -105.282
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January 29, 2013

PermalinkOne Moment

One Moment

When things do not suck.

Posted: 09:49 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 40.013166, -105.268667
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January 26, 2013

PermalinkDaily Diversion

Posted: 20:12 MST in Humor | PermalinkComments

January 21, 2013

PermalinkBlood Doping

Blood Doping


Posted: 14:10 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 39.251065, -106.292725
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January 19, 2013



Conquered her first black today. Dinner celebration!

Posted: 19:15 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 39.2465, -106.291167
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January 17, 2013

PermalinkMeet Us On Sanitas

Meet Us On Sanitas

JV wanted dry trail so we did a couple laps on the baby hill today. Always reminded its a brutal mile. Tagged the true summit for the first time. Good times.

Posted: 09:48 MST in A Day in the Life | PermalinkComments
Location: 40.034365, -105.305271
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