Monday, August 29, 2005


I had to do a bit of an "ode to Dan and Beth" after I saw Will's blog with the picture of the table on it.

The couches in these pictures are a wonderful although well used contribution also made by the shack cousins. These couches have been fought over and coveted and at one point I almost lost them. They may need to be retired some day but right now they are well used and well loved.


The picture on the right is on permanent loan from Daniel and Bethany as well. Thanks to Carol, most of the cousins have a copy of her art work some where in their house.

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News about my car....

Today I was on the phone half the day with the insurance company of the guy who hit me. It's the military insurance company and I only have good things to say about them. Everything has gone really smoothly and today made me even happier to have had to deal with them.
I was on the phone with the agent who was telling me what the company could give me for my totalled car. I kind of was expecting to have to haggle and not really get enough for the car. I was hoping to get maybe, 1300 for it, maybe a little more.

A side note is that when I get nervous something happens to my brain and I don't hear things right especially when it comes to numbers.

So, the agent tells me a whole bunch of numbers that pertain to my car. I'm writing them down as he's telling me them and for some reason it didn't seem like the amount I needed. I can't expain what happened to my brain but it just stopped working. I told him that it didn't seem to be blue book price and I needed at least blue book for the car. He then quoted the numbers back to me and I again said that it didn't look quite right and could I call him back in a few minutes. He agreed and I hung up. After calling my dad's office and he wasn't in I called my mom at Biola. I told her my dilema and she asked me to tell me what the numbers were. I said 1...9...7...2... and eighty three cents..... She said "that sounds like you're getting above what you wanted". After talking to mom, Chris called and he confirmed this fact. I was in acuallity getting much more then I needed and when all was said and done, a little more than I had paid for the car in the first place..... wow.

I sheepishly called back the helpful agent and I gave an embarassed laugh and said that the quote sounded quite fair. He must have really thought I was a wierdo. Turning down money because it "wasn't blue book value".

*sigh*

6 comments:

Nathan said...

I'm glad to know that someone else is dislexic when hearing letters and numbers verbally. If someone spells something to me I can hardly tell what they are saying, for all my fluency with English. It's like they are merely sounds with no symbolic value. Haha. Glad you are getting the $ you need.

Gretchen said...
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Gretchen said...

I don't know what happened but it was reminiscent of 3rd grade. Total number meltdown. It doesn't happen very often but when it does, watch out!

David Cho said...

Wow, the car got totaled and apparently you are okay. That is always a good thing.

ShackelMom said...

Yeah, I can also relate to the numeric problems. It is called dyscalcula, and we get it from Grandma, but she is so wonderful we don't hold it against her at all! :-) And of course that makes me the middle-man for my kids who have this problem. Sigh. But now that you mention it Nathan, I have the same problem with numbers and words given to me out loud. Verbal dyslexia? Maybe someone would like to do a study on that...

Carol said...

okay- I am sort of like that, but with letters! When I am with other mothers and they are spelling certain
W O R D S I get totally confused and have no idea what they are saying. I try to mouth letters as they are spelling C O O K I E so I can figure it all out. I must look pretty silly to the preschooler sitting next to me!

Anyway, have fun car shopping! I wish we lived in an area that a car for $1900 would get us through!