I start with a miracle, sort of, yesterday we were at the Electronics district of the town getting my USB sound card repaired that had decided to go haywire on me and limiting what I can do on the recording front at the moment, anyway, after we dropped off the unit it was getting around evening rush hour time. Walking down the road back to the bus stop we passed several bus stops, now anyone that has visited us or has been to China will realise what I am about to say is bordering on a miracle. waiting at all the bus stops were hundreds of people who were actually queuing..... yes I know.... but they were queuing, calmly, no-one queue jumping, no frantic pushing, nothing just a nice orderly queue. I still think I was dreaming. Maybe there was something in the water or something.
Today was our car's MOT time again which it passed OK with no problems, at the end of it you get a nice windscreen sticker, now the only problem with these stickers is once you put them on they are a real pain in the arse to get off again, and now this year they have decided that it is now an offence to display out of date stickers which just about everyone has on their screens at the moment, we had 4 on ours, which we now have to scrape of, we've got 3 off but one seems to want to stay for good, so another go with the scraper tomorrow. I've got a UK tax disk holder for one of them which solves the problem for one type but we happen to need 2 at a time and the second one is square! so with that one were stuck (so to speak) with it on the screen. So now next year we have to go through the scraping again, at least the newer ones weren't too bad to get off, it is the old one that seems to have fused to the screen at the moment. Nothing is ever simple here... (have I mentioned that before?)
Today at around 2.40 pm while I was having an afternoon nap with Happy, we had a 2.2 earthquake tremor that woke us up and shook the flats, not much just a couple of small shakes that wobbled my Casio Organ that's next to the couch I was sleeping on. It's the first one I have ever noticed, I thought it was the undergound folk doing some blasting again, as we do often here loud explosions from them, but this time no loud noise. Just to reiterate IT WASN'T SERIOUS.
Today I had my second visit to a Chinese dentist, this time on the other side of the town and taken there by one of the directors of the hospital, (VIP or what!). The reason I went was because I had knocked out a filling eating popcorn of all things and as regular readers will know that happened sometime last year and now I have only just got around to getting it refilled.
This time, no anaesthetic, but then there was no pain anyway, he just cleaned out the old filling and did his polyfilla refill. Only took about 10 minutes to fix, now at last again I can stop having to use toothpicks after every meal to dig stuff out of the hole!
The part of town we went to was actually another suburb of Shenzen and its where the Iphone factory is, I didn't see anyone trying to jump off the building or anything but its a huge complex, I'll put photos of the area on the photograph page once I've done with this. As you will see the whole place is basically a building site, there is construction and dust/dirt everywhere, how the keep clean rooms for the Iphone is a bit of a mystery. I also had to go back to the local cop shop today as they considered that my visa had expired, even though I only renewed it before I went to the UK last month, they still had the expiry date of the old visa that it replaced, so had to go in and get them to update their records.
Well after the initial shock of such speedy action in replacing our driving documents they went overboard, as yesterday in the mail I received yet another driving licence, so no I have 2, still at least I can loose one again I suppose without a problem. We also had to renew the insurance on the car this week and next week its Chinese MOT time, even though its a new car they get done every year anyway. Mind you, you wouldn't think so with the state of some of the commercial vehicles but then maybe they have a different set of rules to ignore.
Today I had my little medical for the replacement driving licence, it was basically just an eye test, I misread the colour test even though I knew what the correct thing was but the examiner didn't speak English anyway and let it pass. She then did the eye test, well I have contact lenses that have one eye for reading and the other eye for distance, so the reading eye couldn't see anything clear, so she gave up on that and passed me anyway, I could read right to the bottom line with both eyes.
The amazement bit came when we went to the cop shop to put the medical paperwork in and they gave us the licences then and there, we were not expecting them till at least the end of the week, so we are now up and running again to drive, the only thing left to replace is the tag to get us in and out of the car
Well, The first part of the car document recovery seems to have worked smoothly, today we received our new Car Registration documents in the post, all that remains now is the driving licences, so its off on Monday morning for my medical, drop the form into the cop shop and wait again.
Today we started the process of replacing all of our driving documents, some of you already know that we managed to 'lose' them prior to our trip to the UK, this has meant that we are unable to drive the car as here we have to carry the documents with us all the time we are on the road.
We have differing theories as to where the old documents are as we had them to park the car here at the flats so it follows that we had to bring them home here. I always put the documents on a small shelf in this room along with the keys and my wallet, we found the wallet and keys to be where I put them but the car docs (in a small red wallet) disappeared. Rose's theory is that I lost them (of course) my theory, and much more likely in my opinion, is that knowing we were going away Rose had taken the docs and put them in a 'safe place' and now is unable to remember where this lovely safe place is, this manoeuvre I have to say is not unusual and not the first time we have been unable to find one of her 'safe places'
Anyway, we had to take a photo of the car before we could proceed as the car documents here have to have a photo of the car in them. They rejected our first effort but accepted the second. We have to go to two local cop shops in order to do the renewal as one only does foreigners driving licences and the other only does the car docs. After completing the usual small forest of paperwork it has all been presented for the renewals, I, being over 60, have to have a medical, now, when I got the licence originally the only medical I had was an eyesight test, so I wait to see what they want this time as I have to go to the local hospital for it.. IF all goes to plan we should be back on the road sometime next week. Fingers crossed.....
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