I went to Ramsey Auto Body, which oddly enough is located in Upper Saddle River, not Ramsey, this afternoon to get the repair estimate. After taking a look at the point of impact, the mechanic said he'll have to replace the bumper and bumper innards, and fix a dent below the bumper. It'll take two days once he has the parts. I'll speak to him again after he has prepared the estimate and gotten approval from Encompass but that won't be until early next week.
Also, I got a call from Columbia Sportswear. They will send me new boots to replace the pair that got torn up. Not the same kind but for a free replacement, I'm not complaining. In the meantime, I'll have to mail them the other pair of boots that got torn up the same way.
1. When you travel, what kinds of souvenirs do you like to bring home for yourself?
If I happen to come across a thrift store at or around my travel destination, I'll take a look there because I'm more likely to find unusual items in a local store than at Wal-Mart, for example. For example, on my way home from Pittsburgh, I stop at a Goodwill store in New Bethlehem. On 3 visits, I got two plush toys and one coin bank.
2. Is there a certain kind of souvenir you always bring back for a particular someone?
No. Who would I bring it back to?
3. Of the souvenirs you've collected from your travels, what are some that have special meaning for you?
Unicorn costume from Virginia Beach. Man, that was quite a souvenir! I still have it.
4. What's the silliest souvenir you've brought back for yourself, or what's the silliest souvenir someone has brought back for you?
Small fiberglass canoe. My father got that one.
5. If you were going to send someone a souvenir from places you visited today, what might it be?
I went to an auto body shop. What kind of souvenir would they offer? Probably some scrap metal. :)
1. Do you consider yourself religious? Spiritual? Neither? Something else? What do those words mean to you?
2. How would you describe your system of beliefs about the world? Does a commonly used term (Muslim, humanist, Pagan, agnostic) fit comfortably for you or have you had to develop your own way of thinking about and describing this?
Atheist. I was uncomfortable with just accepting things on faith but back in the old country, one had to play along, you see.
3. Were you raised in a family that participated in a religious tradition? Either way, how do you feel about that? If you were raised in a particular tradition, what's your relationship to that tradition now?
Buddhist/Taoist. I do agree with some of the teachings of Buddhism, although I only read about those later in life. For instance, desire is the cause of suffering and boy, do I suffer a lot! :)
4. What factors have influenced your decision to affiliate -- or not -- with an organized religious tradition?
The overt proselytization that took place in school back in the old country was a major turn-off. Even today, I bristle at even the hint of such.
5. Whether or not you consider yourself religious or spiritual, are there things you consider to be sacred? What are they?
Sacred cows make the best burgers.