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    It sounds like retribution for your reporting their vandalism. Awful. Safer on the street?

    At least we can save 12.400 pesos for repairing... If only there were parking spots in the area! Sometimes we have to park 5 or more blocks away! One Saturday night it was so crowded that my husband had to park over 1 km away. He took the bus to come home :wt-hell:

    If it is a new car, doesn't it have a dash-cam that can be left in sentry mode when the car is parked and the alarms are armed? If it doesn't have a dash-cam, front-and-back systems which can be fitted yourself have become very affordable.

    I am considering this and I have put my husband on the job. Today they scratched the driver's window. Why do they do it?! I understand the accidental door clashing against our, but scratching the car?!

    Would it help to request a different parking space, or would the vandals simply follow you? Personally, I’d walk the four blocks and avoid further damage.


    In New Orleans, we pay $165/month in a garage that is 4 blocks away, instead of the one half a block away that charges over $300/month. When we have groceries to unload, we drop them inside our building’s front gate before parking the car. It’s a bit inconvenient, but adds to our daily exercise and we quickly adjusted.

    We have requested to be changed of spot but there is none available. I also think that it mustn't be easy for the garage administrator to justify changing spot for the SUV. I would have it parked in a corner or in a hole between two columns. But the damn thing is just too big for a garage that was built in the '70s.

    As you may know, we have recently bought a new car. Hence, my husband went looking for a garage where to park it. The closest one had no availability and told us to come back next week. Which we did and we rented a fixed parking spot (cochera fija) for 12.400 ARS/month that had just fred. Our spot is between a taxi and a SUV similar to the one shown below.



    Chevrolet Trailblazer - Camioneta 4x4 color Plata



    From the first week we had the car, my husband started noticing dents in the rear door, facing the SUV. I thought those were just small scratches due to stones flying on the highway (he had just driven to Mar del Plata and back). However, the dents went up to three after he returned. And they are quite deep. You can see the red paint, the white coat and the grey metal at the bottom.


    We realized it was the children's of our "neighbor" at the garage who opened carelessly their doors when we saw that the other car parked next to the SUV had a Floating Foam Stick to protect the car (see picture below - white car). We left a note to the SUV owner to say to be more careful as there were marks on our door. Their answer was to throw the paper at the floor and scratch our car using a key. We have two 50 cm scratches on the back (under the license plate) and one swirly scratch on the back corner.


    The garage owners don't want to have anything to do with that and there are no cameras.

    My husband is not taking this lightly and started returning the favor. I am appalled by all of this.



    The two of us spent 6 hrs each in the garden Thursday, digging, separating, and replanting 64 hostas in a spot straight uphill from our house. Watered well, took steam baths for our aching muscles, fell into bed. Friday we hauled 5-gallon buckets of water uphill to make sure they were well watered. Saturday we bought 5 long hoses and connected them, running them up the driveway, to keep them watered in this heat. Today we discovered that, overnight, the deer had been making repeat trips to the All-You-Can-Eat salad bar. Of the 64 plants, 3 have a single leaf remaining.


    Ah, the joys of nature!

    You can buy plants, but you can't buy deers! :th_giggle01:

    I don't fully grasp if anybody but the Queen is a subject/citizen, or if all Royals have a special status.

    It also seems that many royals just have money and a title, but no other privilege. Only the closest family members of the Queen actually have a special treatment and perform institutional duties.


    I think the Queen was a great monarch and gave a much sought psychological stability, especially in the latter years where many European PMs didn't last even for a full term. She was a reference point.


    She was there before and after the UK joined the EU, never made a political faux paux, unlike her family members. Never spoke out of place. She was impeccable. But as Splinter says, the royal family can be cruel toward its own members, so I am sure we are not getting the full picture of what the royal life entails. In a sense, it is better to be just rich than rich with ties like them.


    Charles doesn't seem to have a great temper and is not poised as his mother. It took Buckingham Palace 20 years to clean up his image and Camilla's. The Americans loved Diana, and the more they spoke highly of Diana, the more the Royal family seemed a dirty and antiquate business.

    Perhaps King Charles (who largely through investment of his income from the Duchy of Cornwall reportedly parlayed his financial portfolio into one worth billions) will start the modernization of the Monarchy by offering to pay taxes just as his subjects are required to do?

    Would he be paying taxes to himself?

    Someone broke the side mirror of the old car last night. Just the spare on ML starts from 7,000 pesos, and then there is the installation costs and looking for a place. Looks like my husband will be busy on Monday. He was out of his mind this morning when we found the car with the broken mirror. I think someone either sat on it and broke the plastic or tried to open it the wrong way or deliberately broke it.

    On the topic of drinking and nationality, I was meeting at several events a man in his 30s from an eastern country who drank way too much (and drove at the same time!!!).

    He told me he has to drink at least 5 drinks just to get started. I was embarrassed for him when he wasn't able to walk straight or tipped the glass or crashed a bottle of beer because it slipped from his hands. I was surprised that my cousin and his friends kept inviting him at those events. He wasn't even particularly fun when drunk. It seemed to me a very shy boy that was desperately trying to win over his shyness with alcohol.

    Regardless, my cousin put my concerns on his friend's need to seek psychological help as "it is his culture to drink".


    I found it a very dismissive comment. He was an embarrassment for the group as the staff kept an eye on him at all time, and other patrons turned their head.

    They weren't so condescend about the girl (of a different nationality) who drank also too much and danced in a very funny (and to me fun) way, i.e. twerking for the whole night.

    The Monarchy doesn't rule as such but they affect the way government works - you pay taxes to His Majesty, not to the government..the Prime Minister is the Head of His Majestys Government.


    The Royal Family doesn't pay income tax or inheritance taxes.

    Given that the democracies where I have voted so far never followed my will (or at least, the representatives I choose weren't very effective/delivering on their promises), I agree with your father on principle but I know that the reality is not that.


    I am very puzzled that in this time and age there are people in Europe who feel allegiance to a king or queen, even if they do not rule like in the middle ages or a couple of centuries ago. It seems radically opposite to democracy that some people get a special treatment. Again, you could say the same about any very rich/powerful people anywhere in the world.


    I suspect a lot of people who show up at the Royal parades and events are there just because they are fancy and are curious to see the faces of those featured incessantly on newspapers and tabloids!


    The Queen was really cut for the role, Charlie boy doesn't seem a great fit. However, they will have to make do with him as this is how a kingdom works: you follow the line to the throne. Sometimes you get a good one, sometimes you do not.

    I don't recall ever having tried Fernet. Judging by the sound of it I doubt I ever will.

    In Italy, we have a series of bitters that are drunk at the end of the meal to help digestion. Since they are served after coffee (in Italian, caffè), digestivi are also called ammazzacaffè (coffee-killer). Digestive drinks are made with a variety of herbs.

    You are supposed to have a shot (or two) like the one shown below, on the rocks or straight.

    Fernet is out of fashion in Italy, but Amaro Montenegro or myrtle from Sardinia and the most popular (more popular digestivi here).


    i have never seen Fernet used in a drink like here, let alone to accompany a whole night or dinner.

    On the Fernet's website they offer a variety of drinks that can be made with it, but I can't recall any I have seen offered in bars in Italy. I am not a fan of digestivi, anyway. I'd rather end a luscious meal with a limoncello.



    This spirit is known as the bartender's handshake | The Star

    I actually enjoy Fernet and Cola, although my first reaction was "never again". That's the only alcohol that my brother in law drinks and offers at his asado, so I adjusted to his customs.

    Personally, I like it with Coca Cero (as in 0 sugar). With regular coke is just too sugary.

    I still think the people would have preferred to see the younger King William on the throne.

    True, but rules are rules and it's Charles' turn. Plus, I don't think William and Kate are eager to step up and increase their royal duties with three little children!