Time Does Fly

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 012024

Can you believe it’s not only the start of a new month, but we are halfway through the year already? How is that possible? Time really does fly, doesn’t it?

Speaking of time flying, I want to wish a belated happy 73rd anniversary to Terry’s parents, Pete and Bess Weber. Their anniversary was actually yesterday, but somehow I slipped up and missed it. Here’s wishing you two many more years of happiness. We love you.

I can tell you one area where time is not flying, the repairs to our Ram pickup. Back in early May somebody backed into us at an auto parts store, damaging the right passenger side door and fender of the truck. He quickly admitted that he was at fault, it was noted thus so on the police report, and his insurance company called me the very next day to arrange to get the truck repaired.

It took nearly three weeks for a body shop to get an opening to take it in, and I was surprised that what I thought was a mere fender bender actually came out to over $6,000 in damages. The other guy’s insurance company had no problem with that and we dropped the truck off. That’s when everything seemed to slow down.

Between problems getting a replacement door and some other items needed, and then the employee working on the truck quitting with no notice and another tech having to step in and take it on, we are still waiting. The last I heard was that they are shooting for a July 18th completion date. Everybody tells me the shop is very good, and I understand that they cannot control supply chain issues. But I sure do miss having a truck!

Congratulations Kathy Brophey, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of The High Ground, the ninth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s Roy Ballard mystery series. In a look back at one of Roy Ballard’s earliest cases, beautiful Kendyl Jordan’s eye-catching classic car goes missing, possibly with something of great value hidden inside it. Can Roy Ballard help her find it? Despite Ballard’s budding reputation, Kendyl learns he’s not even a private investigator, he’s a legal videographer with very little experience. Still, he seems to have a knack for the job, and it doesn’t take him long to identify a couple of dangerous suspects. That’s when the case takes more twists and turns than a winding Texas Hill Country road!

We had 25 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 30 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – I haven’t tried yoga, but I have tried bending over to pick up my keys, so I’m pretty sure I’d hate yoga.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “Time Does Fly”

  1. I feel for you on the truck repair. My son in laws 23 gmc pickup had minor tailgate damage that turned into a 3 month and $ 15000 . He almost told the lady that hit him not to worry but thankfully took her insurance. This is why insurance rates are rising so rapidly. If this was your only vehicle or you needed a rental while waiting you can add that to the costs. Repair shops can’t get timely parts and the prices are out of sight when they finally do. Good lesson is no crash / dent is minor anymore. Hopefully they will get it repaired soon. Don’t forget to include the expensive ceramic. Coating you had done replaced before they sign off.

  2. I dont get any pictures in my blog.

  3. Something doesn’t smell, right How did they come up with $6000 door with all factory OEM parts door skin itself is only 800 to 1200 that’s OEM now you take all the parts off the old door, put them on the new door and repaint it 2200$ even so the paint job is the most time consuming because they have to blend it and buffet it
    I think I’d have a little talk with your insurance adjuster about that paint shop. Sounds like somebody’s getting a kick and your insurance company is getting kicked. Personally, I would do a walk in and inquire about what other body shops charge

  4. Your funny sign sounds like a quote from J. B.

  5. Not sure where Mred gets his info but he is wrong. I had to replace the hood and grill on my 2021 F-150 and it took over 3 months to get it and cost was almost $3K. Supply chain is still backed up and prices quoted are out of whack. Besides, the guy who hit Nick’s insurance company okayed the estimate so they must think it’s in the ballpark.

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