Unusual but fun Xmas

Publié le par C&N

Our first Christmas in American soil was anything but typical. As some of you already know we had been chasing a car for the last 2 weeks. After an extremelly long and stressing saga (problems with Celine's lack of Californian Driver's licence and no US credit history), we finally went to fetch the car before lunch on the 24th of December. We did not expect to spend the full day at the garage, so we had nothing prepared for our dinner. So, at 5pm when exiting the garage, starving, we ended up in one of the very few opened small Greek place where we had great grilled meat and salads.
First of all a picture of the new "family member". Yes they do put on a ribbon when you come to fetch your MINI. How sweet! We had a great laugh.
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Xmas lunch-dinner.
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On our way home we drove by a really well decorated street. I must buy a tripod soon as the night pics are poor, but you still can have an idea of how it looked awfully nice/tacky, your choice. We found out afterwards that it's actually called 'Christmas Tree Lane' and they have been decorating the full street every Xmas since 1940. It was very sweet as lots of people were having a stroll with their children who were all in awe... 
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The 25th we first went to have breakfast with our neighbours, Melanie and Martin. Eggs and Bacon, Pancakes, Muffins and good company, it was really nice. Martin is as cheeky as Nad says Celine with a matching sense of humour. It seems like we're going to have lots of great evenings playing board games also...
We then went to a walk to Crissy Field, the beach at the feet of the Golden Gate Bride. It is really funny how our mind associates images together, because when I told to Ce that we were going to the beach, she immediately said "oh great, let's take the dog"... we don't have a dog, and never have! a very LOL moment.
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This place is a Natural Habitat for many birds, especially a couple of pelicans who have a really peculiar way of fishing. They kept flying away in a grand manner but only for a few metres and, when they plunged to catch something in the lake, they were slewing around in a very funny manner. There were some herons also.
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On our way back: a nice view and me wearing my Zero-pride hat!
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Celine 30/12/2009 04:58


Coucou!
Alors non l'essence n'est pas chere du tout ici, environ $28 pour faire le plein de 10 gallons (oups pardon, 40 litres, on s'integre!). Il y a tout plein de minis aux alentours de SF (et certaines
aussi belles que la notre ;-) ). On connait pas trop les motivations des autres mais pour nous
1/ c'est une des rares voitures europeennes (les chats font pas des chiens - la BMW Z4 etant un poil trop chere et decidemment pas assez grande pour transporter les parents), le modele 2010 a meme
un moteur Peugeot dis donc!
2/ consommation d'essence la plus basse dans les voitures non electriques
3/ Mini a des offres de financement de leasing a 1.9% (pour comparaison ma banque me proposait 17%!)
4/ elle peut rentrer dans des endroits ou un gros 4x4 Americain rentrerait a peine un pneu et la place est chere a SF...
5/ elle est trop belle en rouge ;-)
NB: un certain nombre d'enormes 4x4 sont moins chers que la MINI !!!

Juste pour dire un mot gentil sur les americains: il semblerait que la Californie soit a la pointe des actions ecologiques aux USA; il y a eu des grosses reductions d'impots pour les gens achetant
le voiture hybride de Honda et notre cher gouverneur essaie de forcer les industriels a etre bcp plus verts... on peut pas dire que ca compense pour les fermetures d'ecoles, d'hopitaux, de centres
culturels, de centre d'accueil des malades du sida etc, les diminutions des allocations pour personnes handicapees, j'en passe et des meilleures, mais bon.... il a jure de ne jamais augmenter les
impots des riches Californiens :-/
Allez hop, a bientot, grosses bises!
Celine


pierrette 28/12/2009 10:14


Comme c'est agréable de lire le récit de votre Noël à SF ! Pas commun, en effet, tout au moins pour des Français(es) ! Dors et déja nous réservons la place pour le prochain, pas dans la voiture,
trop petite, mais chez vous ! La voiture aussi n'est pas très commune en Californie non ? Ou la crise les a-t'elle aidés à envisager de changer la taille de leurs voitures ? Combien coute le
carburant dans ce pays ?
A bientôt. Bisous.