Raindrops keep falling on my head

If I manage to write a bit tonight, I will come back with a Day 19 NaNo update. If I don't, I'm busy writing. I'm almost 2700 in debt counting today. :/


First snow!

Yesterday, we were going out to see Bill Bailey in town. As we got out of the house, we weren't sure if it was raining or snowing, but as we drove into town, it became quite clear. It was snowing! :D Nothing that stuck to the ground, unfortunately, but still, snow! As it was quite chaotic around the Ice Centre - sorry, the Nottingham Arena - we had to park up at Victoria Centre and then walk down. It was very cold and very wet. But hey, it was the first snow of this season! Snow!


While waiting for the show to begin (we were in section 15), some people were throwing paper planes over the audience. Some of them flew quite impressively and got applauded by the people who had seen it. One had a great flight and was brilliantly caught by one of the yellow-shirted staff, which got both applauded and cheered. :)

The show was brilliant. We've been watching Bill Bailey on TV for years (Black Books, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and so on) and thought it would be great to see a live show with him. When we drove past the Notts Arena a few months ago, I saw it said "BILL BAILEY: TINSELWORM" and November, so I phoned up and booked tickets.

The performance on the 17th was sold out, and there weren't that many spaces free on the 18th. He's a popular comedian and can certanly draw a crowd! And not without reason! He's a very funny guy with a very funny show. Not quite sure why the tour is called "Tinselworm", but that's by-the-by. It's kind of ADD safe comedy, because it changes very quickly. One minute he's talking, the next he's playing one of his many instruments and/or singing! He made us all do a Mexican wave as well.

Anyway, it's an ace show. Go and see it if you can. :)

Why does it always rain on me?

This morning, when we were going to work, had to stop by at the Mercedes/Smart dealership again... because it had rained in again, and it was a very big (and very wet) stain this time... and it was supposed to have been fixed months ago. We couldn't get a courtesy car until the end of the week, so we'll have to wait until then to get it fixed. As we didn't want to just leave and have it dry out and them to (again) say "we can't replicate the problem", we asked for one of the mechanics to come out and have a look at it. It was a very nice man, who had a good look, and as there was some slight dampness felt on the ceiling at the back, and you could see a stain there (not as clear as on the seats because it's a different fabric).

It seems the whole roof has to come off and be re-sealed! It's not a major job, because... well, let's be honest here, Smart make very cheap cars. Most of the body is plastic - which made it a bit interesting to try and place our magnetic L-plates the first time... To put one on the hatch at the back was fine, it's metal, but at the front... not so much. Anyway. The roof is attached by some kind of sealant... pretty much. And that's what seems to be the problem, because if it had been coming in through the windows, the doors would be stained, which they aren't.

I remembered to ask about disabling the child lock on the back doors, which he did in a jiffy. It was surprisingly easy - you just had to put the key in a hole on the door and turn it and hey presto. Yet we couldn't find how to do it in the manual! The good thing is, now people can sit in the back and they can open the doors themselves. Before, we've had to get out and open them, because of the child lock!

He was also going to replace some seals around one of the back doors, as it seemed a bit dodgy. Good thing that car is still under manufacturer's warranty! Although this time, fingers crossed, the problem will actually be sorted once and for all. Let's hope so. :)