Chilliwack, Oil Change, Repairs, Sushi Dinner

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

June 19 ~Day #40
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
$35.88 + $87.49
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles

Current Location: Chilliwack, BC

Today’s Total Expenses: $123.37

Transportation: $35.88 CDN
Food: $87.49 CDN

We got in pretty late last night so everybody slept in a little.

After breakfast I decided we had better take the opportunity to clean out the car a little before we set out on the next leg of our journey. So I pulled everything out of the car and piled it in the driveway. Then it was off to Canadian Tire for an oil change.

Canadian Tire is a uniquely Canadian institution. They sell an eclectic mix of products for a mostly male clientele but with enough household items to keep the wives busy while us men can do some real shopping for the important stuff.

For you Americans think of it like a combination of Autozone, Outdoor World, Best Buy and Home Depot. Canadian Tire stores of various sizes are in pretty much in every decent sized community in Canada.

Since they also have a service department I checked the Jeep in for a much needed oil change. They do a thorough job of checking for potential problems while the car is on the hoist and the mechanic found a rusty universal axle joint on the front drive axle. We still have six thousand miles to drive so it was not something I could ignore. $250 + $35 for the oil change and we are good to go.

We have not included the $250 in our expense report total as we are trying to only record the cost of the trip.

I’m a little bummed that the Hollywood Chrysler Jeep in Florida that changed the oil and checked out the car before we started didn’t find the problem. They charged $150 to tell us about $3000 worth of work we didn’t need but didn’t find the rusty joint.

It’s never a good idea to impose yourself on family without contributing something to the household budget in some way or taking our hosts out to supper. TA and S love sushi so we decided to take them out for supper to thank them for their hospitality.

We have never had sushi so this was an opportunity to try something new. This was an all you could eat Japanese food restaurant and they had other stuff besides sushi in case we didn’t like it.

I know sushi is very popular and there are people that really like it – hey Japanese kids are brought up on it. But I can’t help thinking that for a lot of people it is like the story of the emperor’s new clothes. Just because it’s trendy they say they like it but secretly they are hoping for the next trend to take over.

For what it’s worth we think sushi is awful and would likely starve to death if that is all there was to eat.

What do you think? Are you willing to admit you don’t like it?

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