Tuesday, January 10, 2012

You win some, you lose some

As we are tying up loose ends with the apartment and our car, I have come to realize that nothing really goes as planned.  Sometimes you come out on top and sometimes you don't.

Last July we had to make some changes in regard to our internet, telephone and cable.  So one evening the nice folks from Bell Aliant came to our apartment building and set up a display promoting their FibreOp packages.  Our building is one of the first in the city to have it installed and they had some pretty nice packages and promotions.  We were pretty upfront about only staying until the end of February and we were assured by the "salesman" that there would be no problem in cancelling the service at that time. Well, he failed to inform us and we failed to read the fine print that we are actually contractually obligated to have the service for a year.  Lesson to self:  Never believe a salesman when he tells you that there would be no repercussions from cancelling a contract early.  Also, always read the fine print.

When we purchased our plane tickets for our flight to Nicaragua the ticket agent told us that American Airlines no longer allowed free checked bags - there would be a charge for every bag.  She said the cost would be thirty dollars for the first bag and fifty for the second bag.  I figured that eighty dollars each to get to Nicaragua wasn't bad.  So, once I started packing and realized how little actually fits into four bags I thought I would find out how much it would cost for additional bags.  When I looked onto AA's website it indicated that when you are travelling to Central America there is no charge for the first checked bag and thirty dollars for the second checked bag.  However, there is a limit as to how many bags are allowed on a flight to Nicaragua - so a total of four is the limit for us. That leaves $100.00 in our pockets!  Note to self: don't always take what the ticket agent tells you as gospel.  They aren't always familiar with the rules for travelling to different parts of the world.

That brings us to the car. Back in the fall we were able to find a couple in our congregation that is interested in buying the car from us - in fact I think it was the first of our possessions that we had arrangements for.  We knew that until the car changed hands there would be the expected expenses like the annual safety and all maintenance expenses etc..  However, for the last little while we have been having problems with the tires - they kept going flat.  Since we basically live in a construction zone we just figured that we must have picked up a nail.  First it was one tire, then two and when we were having three tires loosing air we decided it was time to take the car in to be inspected.  We went back to where we purchased the tires from.  I must admit that we had been putting it off because we were expecting to have another large bill to either fix or replace them.  Imagine our surprise when we found out that we had purchased "Road Hazard" insurance and there wasn't a single cent owing.  Note to self: it is wise to purchase the insurance especially when it is only $6.95 per tire.

So, there are my words of wisdom for today.  On a side note, we found out yesterday that our letter didn't arrive at the Mexican Branch and so that is why we haven't heard from them about where we should move.  Fortunately, we had a copy of the letter and Pat scanned it and sent it to one of our elders to send to the Branch.  We should hear from them in about a week.