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heleninwales
In which I visit a big(ish) place, relatively speaking
Yesterday I had a trip to Aberystwyth to do a few things that I can't do in the very small place where I live. I banked my Dad's council tax refund that had finally come through (the bank my Dad used doesn't have a branch in my town), I got a replacement watch strap fitted, and I picked up the train tickets for our Christmas expedition to London. It seems they no longer post them and I always get twitchy picking them up on the day because you can get stuck behind someone doing something Terribly Complicated and taking ages at the ticket office window.

It was a gorgeous day, unseasonal for October, and after doing my errands, I had a walk along the promenade and even indulged in an ice cream. Yes, it was that warm!

Aberystwyth

I didn't find boots or shoes though. None of the shops did wide fittings. I'm either going to have to try online or have a visit to Llandudno next week where they have more and larger shops, including a Hotter store.

Then after a really enjoyable and productive day, there was just one glitch on the way home. I'd been keeping an eye on the fuel gauge and decided that though there was probably enough diesel to get home, that would mean bringing the Daihatsu in empty so I'd have to get more before I could go anywhere else. There's a handy garage just on the way out of Machynlleth, so I pulled in there. And discovered that I couldn't get the petrol cap off!

After a minute or so of futile struggling, I decided to risk carrying on without filling up. If it had been a proper garage, I'd have asked for help, but it's actually a mini-supermarket with petrol pumps and it was as likely as not a woman on the till who would be no better than me at stuck cap removel, and they wouldn't exactly have suitable tools to hand. Anyway, it was fine and I got home with a bit of diesel to spare.

The Daihatsu was going back into the garage this morning anyway for the last bit of work resulting from the service and MOT, so I pointed out the stuck cap to the mechanic. He gave me that look, you know the one, the, "You're just a small and feeble woman. I'm sure I'll be able to shift this easily," look, and he tried to take the cap off. Then he frowned and put a bit more effort into it, but it still didn't budge. So at least I didn't feel like too much of an idiot and it's now been loosened and the youngest mechanic (who over-tightened it when he removed it as part of the MOT testing/servicing) has probably now been told not to be so enthusiastic when replacing petrol caps. :)

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feodora From: feodora Date: October 9th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Machynlleth and Aberythwyth. That reminds me of my walk on the Glyndwrs way in 2010 or 11. Both wonderfull places.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 10th, 2015 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember you posting about your walk along the Glyndwr way. It is a lovely area.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: October 9th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does look like a great day for ice cream. The petrol cap incident reminds me of the time we tried to fill up a hire car and could work out how to open the flap that covers the fuel cap. After searching in vain for buttons and levers under the dashboard or down on the floor, it turned out you open it by using your fingers and pulling it open...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 10th, 2015 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
This one has a keyhole and you use the ignition key to open the little flap, but I know what you mean about suddenly realising that you don't know how to do something basic on an unfamiliar vehicle. You feel like such an idiot when someone points out the really obvious thing that you just didn't bother trying.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: October 10th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so glad that he could not get the petrol cap off also. I would feel like saying, "See, ahh ha, it was not feeble me!"
You were probably more polite than that though ;-)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 10th, 2015 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I did feel like saying, "Aha! See, I'm not as feeble as you think!" but what I actually said was something like, "I'm glad it wasn't just me. It really was stuck!"
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: October 10th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I would have done the same, change it up a bit to be polite when saying it out loud. Hee hee, I can relate!
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: October 11th, 2015 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
A few weeks ago I borrowed a neighbor's second car, as our household only had one and we had multiple places in opposite directions to be. When I went to fill it up before returning it, I had a terrible time with the gas cap. I even called my neighbor from the pump to get instructions. I much prefer my own car's design, which has a little bit I flip inside the car to release the outer door, and no lock on the actual gas pump.
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