With just a little bit of magic,
I have turned Acadia Green to Argent (silver)
Actually, it took a great deal of magic. Not only is the color changed, but it's 9 years younger, has 190,000 fewer miles on it (not a typo), and is not rusting. And, oh yes, has an engine that runs. Most of the abracadabra was performed by Gary, of Fenwick Motors in Sarnia, Ontario.
Let me make just one disclaimer. Buying a car in a foreign country is a challenge, even if that country is our friendly neighbor Canada. Now that I've said that, I need to immediately say that Gary, and colleagues Jen and Justin, could not have been nicer. Not only did they manage to make this whole thing work in one week, they drove me around to places in Sarnia (like the motel), and they helped move my stuff from car to car three times (don't ask).
Their final act of good will was to cover for a communication error that got me and the car to Warren, Michigan (to the dealer who was handling the US side of the transaction), but not my license plate. But, finally the car, me, all my stuff, and my license and proof of insurance were on the road headed for home.
Let me also say that there isn't enough good I can ever say about my locally owned and wonderful West Shore Bank. They handled the details for the wire transfer of funds, doing all of this entirely by phone. Having people who know you well enough that they recognize your voice and will do as you ask even if it's something quite bizarre as compared to your normal transactions is amazing.
Other people and companies also cooperated to make it all work.
The daylight ended before I was home, but I did make it.
Oh yes, I had to bite the bullet and fork over quite a pile of silver myself to make the magic permanent. I think the new car will be Magique Boulet D'Argent (the magic silver bullet). I could call it Madge for short, but I probably won't.
Tomorrow I will start some serious posting of flower show pictures.
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