Web Log Entry #0065, Thursday, April 24, 2003: Day 157
Anchorage Sunrise: 6:12am Sunset: 9:43pm High Temp: 52° Low Temp: 33°
In preparation for the May 1st deadline, I had the snow tires taken off my car. One of the wonderful things about using a company car is that when something needs to be done to it, I just call up the Fleet Services people and they take care of it. I was subjected to a brief tirade from the Fleet Services admin about my using a car for so many months and if this was a PERMANENT thing then OTHER arrangements had to be MADE and he was responsible for making sure all of us are "happy little campers"! (Really.) I was rather bemused by this, but then I realized that it wasn't about me. I don't know what was up, but the world of Fleet Services must not have been a happy place that day. Things were fine today when I dropped off the car, though, and he offered me a company pickup truck for the morning. I was going to walk the twelve blocks to the other building where I work, but there was a story in the paper about bears breaking through over 50 doors in a resort (Really!), so I took it. Actually, I couldn't pass it up because it had an orange light on the roof, and I've NEVER driven a car with a light on top before. I had to try it out when no one was looking. It was GREAT! Of course, there's not much you can do with it; it doesn't let you drive through stoplights or pull people over. It does keep Alaskans from running into you, however, and I'm always grateful for that.
So I no longer drive a car with spikes. The upside is that it's suddenly much quieter without the "cat on linoleum" effect. My Cavalier glides silently down the streets of Anchorage, except for the "whump!" sounds when it hits a pothole, which is frequent because there's about 500 potholes per mile of road, so it happens so often I really don't notice it anymore....
© 2003 Evan M. Nichols