Apr 10, 2019

Que pasa

Colin has incorporated at least an hour into his morning routine with his guitars.  Today he then proceeded to clean the entire house while I continued doing what I do best, the paperwork for the last six months.

Well for one thing, we are no longer in Mexico, in more ways than one.  Yesterday Colin went to pick up the RV from Freightliner and took Steve along for the ride. I just kept working diligently at our company tax files.  The personal tax filing is easy but the company filing requires a full week at the minimum.  I have to reconcile a full business year to the bank statements once I have completed each individual month and we have been gone for six months. I finally have all the missing mail as far as I know so there is no reason to delay any longer.

I do all my entries by hand with a mechanical pencil. As you can see I do have a dent in my finger. I do have a permanent dent but it is now more pronounced  because I am working.  Don’t even suggest that I go online to do this, not worth my time nor the learning curve.  I can get this all done in a week.

Back to the RV.  So they were able to repair the part that had the hole and was causing the exhaust smell.  Repair cost $132.96.  However the labor was$399.00 😯 For a total of $670.13 including shop supplies and taxes.  Definitely not Mexican rates.  Likely we would have paid less than $130.00 had we been back on the Isla.  But at least we have the source of the exhaust smell repaired or at least Colin thinks so.  He thought that he still smelled a bit of exhaust on the way back home yesterday.  So did Steve but only when he walked into the bedroom but that is where the engine is.  However Freightliner did break the rubber seal around the bed that Colin had put in last fall while we were in Las Vegas and that might be the reason for the smell.  It looks that that will have to be redone.  Colin’s to do list is getting longer everyday.

Colin had an appointment in Vernon today and on the way there he was able to drop off all of our donated items.  After the appointment he picked up a free pizza ( Papa Murphy’s that you take home and bake ).  I  had found a note in my daytimer that we were owed a free pizza.  So glad that I make these types of notes. That will take care of dinner tonight.  He also stopped in at our lawyer’s office and signed whatever he needed to re our annual report with the BC Registry.  I need those papers for the company year end.

I worked for another hour after he got back and then we headed off about 4PM to the bank, to transfer some money into our personal account from the company and get some cash.  Next stop was the insurance company.  Long story short we got screwed out of $18.00.  We went in to cancel the RV ICBC ( provincial private insurance  company) insurance.  We had a newbie in training helping us.  We told her that we wanted to cancel that portion of our insurance.  That the Aviva ( thank you Croft ) portion still insures the RV while in storage.  The ICBC portion is mostly for when it is on the road.  We thought that by cancelling early ( it expired on the 20th ) that we might get a bit of a refund.  So while the paperwork was being done I asked how much we would get back, she said that she wasn’t there yet.  Well it turns out that there is a $15.00 cancellation fee and we would get a $4.00 refund but ICBC does not issue a refund unless it is at least $5.00.  And we had to turn in our plates.  Had we left the insurance expire naturally on the 20th we would not have had to turn in our plates.  So now in October we will have to spend $18.00 to buy new plates.  I said to her, that in that case we did not want to cancel our policy.  She said too late 😡  I asked her to ask someone else, she said no, but did make the call after someone else told her to.  No go.  In fact she should have given us our options but as a new employees she did not think to do so.  So we now have to pay $18.00 extra in October and get new plates 👿   She did tell us to have a nice day as we left 🙄  So $18.00 dollars down the drain along with that $16.00 from the frozen and broken wine bottle.  If you factor in that extra $670.00 from Freightliner ( we already paid them over $1800.00 last week which included finding the source of the exhaust smell ) we are on a losing streak.

While there we also put in our paperwork for our refund on our BC insurance on both the Jeep and the RV as one needs to purchase separate Mexican insurance for our vehicles.  Not all Canadian provinces do that refund but BC does which is a bit of a help financially.  You have to be out of Canada and the US for over a month and you do have to prove when you entered and when you left  Mexico.

Of course we had to stop for more wine and then back home. Once I am done here on the blog it will be time to cook our pizza.  I am tired, it has been a long day.

Colin hooked up our outdoor lights. Nice to see the glow.

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12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Que pasa”

  1. George Yates says:

    Nice to get all those things taken care of and spending money is always part of the deal. But heck you had a free pizza to make up for all that stuff.

  2. Some days are like that. Too bad about the customer service from the insurance and I guess you made a note of it. Soon all will be forgotten and you are in a different mind set. Your Europe trip awaits!

    • contessa says:

      You are right. Things happen, we deal with them and move on. I can hardly wait to get this all behind me so I can get back to researching the last three cities of our trip. I am finally getting excited about our May 14th departure.

  3. Deb says:

    Look at the bright side, free pizza, the motor home is fixed, the taxes are almost complete and you have a wonderful husband that cleaned the house as well as ran a number of errands, which helped make it easier for you to do the work you need to do. Sounds like a good day to me.

    • contessa says:

      Oh it was a good day overall and I just was documenting the details of the past few days. The free pizza was really an earned pizza for last fall but was free of cost to us and it was delicious. I love how Colin is willing to take on things that I can’t do when I am tied to my desk. We are great team.

  4. Maxx Trails says:

    That is so frustrating that you weren’t given your options before she cancelled the insurance and nothing makes me madder than when someone tells you have a nice day when they know you are not happy with the work they did! It ranks right up there with the line “Is there anything else I can help you with” when they have been of no help to begin with 🙂 The lights look great!

    • contessa says:

      We have similar reactions to “have a nice day”, etc. We do love our lights. We can see them as we sit in our recliners at night and watch TV as we eat our dinner.

  5. I think you should talk to the manager about your issue with that insurance person. They don’t work for ICBC – they are a broker for an agency that makes money. Likely they would refund your $18 directly – not from ICBC. They need better training – that is ridiculous (I sold Insurance for 15 years)

  6. Jo Rivans says:

    Beautiful picture of the lake. Your lights look amazing.

    • contessa says:

      Welcome to the comment section of my blog. We do lover our lights, not too bright but nice to see. Hope to see you here again.

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