Gimme metal!

I had a rather large delivery yesterday, and it was very exciting! I had been waiting all week for it, and on Wednesday lunchtime a large UPS van drew up outside. I waited at the window, waiting to see what would come out. For quite some time, nothing appeared to be happening. Was the driver lost in his own cabin? Had time lost the will to pass? Did the van not have any driver at all, and somehow managed to get all the way from Potters Bar to my house by mere fluke? Was I looking at a cardboard cut-out, specially made to dupe me into thinking that there was a delivery for me? Thankfully, none of those was true, I think the driver was just searching in the back of his van for my parcel. I say parcel, it wasn’t actually in a box at all, but rather wrapped in various places with odd scraps of cardboard that must have been lying on the floor of wherever it was “packaged”. It was long, thin, metal, and cost me almost £60. Any guesses? No, it wasn’t a model of the Eiffel Tower. Nor was it a industrial strength four-foot drill bit. It was in fact the exhaust system I had bought for my Mini.

I’ve been after a replacement exhaust for a while now, as my current system is leaking somewhere and making a good deal of noise where it shouldn’t be. So I figured now might be a good opportunity to upgrade the system and get something that would last, something I would be proud of. After a lot of research on various Mini web sites, I finally chose the RC40 exhaust, which bolts straight onto the back of my catalytic converter. It’s actually the same exhaust that comes with a stage 1 kit (which is like the first official step in tuning your Mini engine), so it should be good. It also comes highly recommended by the guys on The Mini Forum web site. Compared to the standard exhaust it’s a huge improvement, and should give me a little bit more power, which is always good fun! The RC40 should sound better, look better, and perform better, and all for £43.35 (+VAT +delivery) from Mini Spares. I’m well chuffed. Not that I’ve fitted it yet, I think that’s gonna have to be another job for my friend Billy (one of my friends from Colchester Mini Club). Still, should be relatively straightforward, should get it all fixed on one day. I shall just have to wait until there’s a relatively warm day, or at least a not-too-freezing day…

Here’s a little joke for you. Feel free to laugh if you feel thus inclined. Q: How do you know if a fish is Christian? A: It’s got a car stuck to it’s back. Sorry, that was poor. But it does have a point, convoluted though it may seem. I now have a little chrome adhesive fish symbol to go on the back of my Mini. It’s not stuck on yet, it’s still sat on the table, but the thought is there. The next step will be investing in some nice chrome GB letters to balance it out on the bootlid. After all, I wouldn’t want Neddy to lose his grip on the road on account of a heavy fish on one side…

And finally… arg! Can’t think of anything else to say! So much for the “and finally” part of the blog. I could rant about the weather, but you probably already know about it. I could tell you what I watched on TV today, but chances are you probably watched it too. I could tell you my predictions on the pattern of government over the next twenty years… actually, no I couldn’t, I know nothing about government. I think someone’s been making me too much tea today. That would be me then…

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