What a week….
Its been non-stop this week. I’ve not even done what I love doing. And for those who don’t know the connection between me and a camera then you need to either look back in this blog or check out my Flickr account here
It’s now been almost a month since that snowfall and my lovely car’s wake up call. I received a phone call from the body shop yesterday stating that the vehicle should be ready for the end of next week. That’s great news I thought, my lovely car restored to its former glory. You may recall me mentioning that the very same thing happened to my Vauxhall Vectra back in 2009. When that car eventually came back from the Body Shop it was scratched to ribbons but highly polished. I say eventually because they lost it and couldn’t locate it in Leeds at all. To cut a long story short the had transported the car to another depot….are you ready for this…in Stockport. It turned out that it had been moved on one of those double-decker car transporters and had been scratched on the ramp. There were scratches all down the front of the bonnet and headlamps and as far as I could work out it hadn’t gone through a quality control. They even fitted some wrong parts including the rear bumper which should have been a dedicated Sri part. They even replaced the manufacturers/garage number plate with a body shop plate too. After I rejected receipt of my car they took it back to the garage and an investigation was launched as well as further repairs. I eventually got my car back 1 week later.
You can understand my concern when I found out that my lovely new car was going back to the very same body shop. It was then that I decided that I was going to make sure the same mistakes didn’t happen again. Since 2009 the company have vastly improved the contact and update facilities for unfortunate customers as they have a tracking facility on their website that allows you to follow your repair and even send messages to the repair team. Well, there was no way I was going to have the same thing happen to my lovely new Astra Vx-Line. My car doesn’t have the model/style number on it but I am sure they could find this out via the computer. Anyway after checking on the site I was happy to discover that the correct parts had been ordered. Phew….. The latest update suggests that my car should be ready for next Friday…..6 days and counting.
So, it was another Image-less week…with only a handful of images to edit myself and half the population of the United Kingdom have arrived at the conclusion that the weather needs to warm up and the clouds need to vanish. I will leave you with a poem by Dean Thorpe that I found on the web…..
A normal person sees a storm, thinks help and runs away
A photographer sees that storm, and runs the other way
Off into the cold they go, the wind, the rain and more
To capture pics no matter what, of all the things they saw
Watching all the huge waves crashing, defiantly they stand
Looking out from beneath the pier, with camera in hand
Why do we do such stupid things, like photograph the snow
We can’t resist to get that pic, so off we always go
We see the world through rule of thirds, and many shades of grey
The search to get the perfect shot, continues every day
The poem: “The photographer” by Dean Thorpe.