My Oldsmobile is OK. I just forgot that I gassed it up two weeks ago and didn't drive it for ten days. I noticed the gauge did seem to be a mm below the full so I gassed it and it took all of 3.5 gal. Now the gas gauge needle is about 3 mm above the full mark. Now I was all set to do the odometer thing, but the A/C problem still had me wondering whether I should get the nativity scene and chi-chi balls and sell it. Today I got the A/C fixed for $140. They had to convert it to Al-Gore-Freon and fill it. It won't be as cold as it used to be with Freon-12 but hopefully it won't leak out before next November. I just have to schmooze that leaky muffler through one more inspection (the mechanic has been looking at it for the last four years and shaking his head).
That little blue beauty above is Ben's Mini-Cooper Romano-Edition. In two years he will bring it back to the U.S. and maybe give it to me. I hope it survives the Rome traffic, which I hear is like a video game. You see if you live long enough, your children eventually give you stuff.