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Smart back, Dohshinboh surviving

In the afternoon, we went to Yanase Kofu to receive Smart. Katya and I were waiting inside till the car was ready. Katya drove Smart. She was happy to have her favorite car back. Then we went to Dohshinboh, the Chinese restaurant, for lunch. To our surprise, and happiness, there were nine more people beside us.    Katya and I have been talking that Dohshinboh might be already on the edge of a bankrupt because we see few customers,  and that we should visit it as often as possible before the time comes. Hopefully, we might be mistaken. There are 22 combos, each of which costs only 600 yen.    … Continue reading

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First snow, Smart gone, Dohshinboh worriness

We had the first noticeable snow this winter in Kofu, 2-mm thick.    In the afternoon, we took Smart to Yanase Kofu. C class they let us use did not blow warm air, so we returned to Yanase to have it fixed. On the way back home, we dropped by Dohshinboh, our favorite Chinese restaurant close to it. This restaurant started in December last year. We are trying to help them by visiting and eating. However, unfortunately, there were only two of us this evening. Foods were good as usual.       Katya and I were talking about what is wrong with this restaurant. The location could be one of … Continue reading

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Day after the holiday, Smart’s repair rescheduled

After the holidays, works get tougher mainly because of the emails, especially those from abroad; they have different holidays. Katya told me that Smart makes louder noise. I called to Yanase.  They said they will let us use another car from January 24 during the repair. “Unfortunately”, the office worker said on the phone, “the car will be Japanese”. Yanase is a dealing company of imported automobiles, so it would be sorry to have customers use domestic cars, I suppose. We do not care, and accepted the proposal.

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Smart returns, New glasses arrive

Before lunch, I sneaked out and drove Opel to fetch Smart at Yanase, which had been inspected and repaired. On the way back to my office, I dropped by an optician’s shop to get my new glasses; my eyes are heavily astigmatic, and I wanted a pair of glasses for not seeing multiple balls while playing tennis. I was driving back with my glasses on. I was able to see much better, but I felt as if I had lost a sense of measuring length. Dangerous! I need to get use to them. Here am I wearing the new pair. I will try the glasses tomorrow.

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Opel Astra

People in Japan thought Opel is not worth buying. It is not cheap, but not gorgeous, and less reliable: Opel is not sold in Japan any more. Smart’s governmental every-2-year inspection day is getting close. Yesterday, I brought Smart to Yanase, Kofu. They let me use Opel Astra.    I think it is not a bad car. The size is as big as Smart, and runs well. Katya says it is boring; she likes Smart better, except for Astra’s heater, lights, and suspension. We will use it till the day after tomorrow.

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Smart’s lamps changed

On the way to Shimosuwa, we noticed that one of the small lamps of Smart was dead. Since there were three more lamps (one small, two larger) to light the road, we kept the drive to Atami. This afternoon, I went to Yanase Kofu with Smart to have the lamps changed.  Although SmartForFour is not sold any more, luckily they kept the lamps. It cost 2,910 yen for two bulbs, cheaper than I expected. Katya is having fun with her iPad. On the internet, she ordered a red leather cover for it.

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Apartment meeting, First visit to Thai restaurant

I woke up at 4:30 AM; there was a meeting in the morning in Tokyo  for the owners of the apartments in Nakaochiai. I left home at 5 AM to Kofu station by bike. I had a beef bowl at Yoshinoya in front of Kofu station for breakfast. Then I took a bus to Shinjuku at 5:30 AM from Kofu station. I studied/slept in the bus. The bus arrived in Shinjuku at 7:30 AM. I had taken trains to Nakaochiai to check the apartment building before the meeting started. The building was built nearly 10 years ago. There were places to be  renewed and cleaned.  I took pictures to show … Continue reading

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SmartForFour ready on Saturday, presentation on August 22

I received a phone call from Yanase Kofu. The cause of the leakage was found and repaired. A dead fog lamp was replaced. The outlet of the air conditioner was replaced. It costs 24,000 yen; not cheap but less expensive than I expected. Our SmartForFour will come back on Saturday. After the call, I received another call. It was from a governmental office. My proposal was accepted for the final stage.  I will make an oral presentation on August 22.  Then, they decide whether to give us money. I felt more relieved than happy.

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Smart’s impressions

I was expecting Smart quick and swift.  However, it is slow in motion.  It runs the best when it goes straight because of its light weight. However, this is not what I expected of the small car. I expected some new technologies going with the small size, which I did not feel. Katya found it more or less the same way as mine. However, she still is interested in the car because of its style. I like the style, too; it is a collection of MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). But the vehicle systems seem poor. Anyway, I have not heard from Yanase today, so Katya can enjoy driving for … Continue reading

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Smart arrived

I called to Yanase for the repair of our SmartForFour. “And for a loaner, you have smart?” “Yes, we do.” So Katya drove with our SmartForFour to my office.  She dared not go to Yanase with me, partly beccause she is still angry and partly because she does not want to be disappointed again? I sneaked out of the institute at 4 PM and drove SmartForFour alone to Yanase. After filling out the forms, they let me use smart.   I was not very impressed by the car, because, I thought, after the years of history, it could have been more refined. Katya enjoyed driving it, so it was worth … Continue reading

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