Monthly Archives: June 2015
I hope the writer continues to follow their journey and they are not lost in the camps.
The long, convoluted saga of young monks evacuation from an isolated Nepali valley near Tibet:
My piece for the New York Times
Be patient, this is a bit of a shaggy dog story.
Last night as I was passing through H after getting off the Mid-hudson Bridge, an enthusiastic policeman pulled me over, lights flashing so brightly I couldn’t see. After asking me if I had any unpaid tickets (which, mercifully, i do not) and running a license check, he determined that I had a right front headlight and rear right break light out. I was given a ticket which could be rescinded if repairs were made within 24 hours.
The next morning I went to a tire shop on N Plank Road. They estimated a $90 charge and there was talk of having to remove a fender to get at the light. $90 seemed very steep and I also wondered if my Subaru Forester had such a poor design. I mean, bulbs go out all the time-why should it be so hard to reach the bulb? After a few moments, I decided to get a second opinion. At the auto parts store, the female cashier sold me the bulb for the front light for about $16 and demonstrated how to change the bulb in 5 minutes. They were out of the rear bulb.
I then went to the muffler shop to see if they provided additional services. They said the bulb was $13 and would not charge labor if the change was easy. 15 minutes later, the new bulb was in and my car was certified repaired for $13.
I did buy the woman a latte but the total cost came to around $35 – a far cry from $90.
All of which is to say: comparison shop, even if it is only one other provider and you are in a