Saturday, 11 December 2010

344 I did love it...

... but no regrets now.
 The old Punto has gone to the knacker's yard ... where lots of the new parts can be harvested!  The time had come to say "Goodbye"!  The logo above is from the new car in the drive.  Well ... new to me anyhow.
 It got a good wash today and looks quite "stately" - or something.  With being of "an age" there are the marks of wear and tear ... but no dog hairs ... yet!  We'll soon have that sorted and the furry coating will give that familiar, lived-in look!
 It's my first time to have an Hyundai ... "We're proud to be different" is one of their slogans.  I like it!
New cars from Hyundai have the letter "i" as a prefix - inspiration, intelligence, integrity ... there's a sermon in that, I think.
Chung Ju-Yung. Born the son of a peasant farmer, Mr Ju-Yung launched Hyundai in 1947 at the age of 32.  It is therefore a relative newcomer to the world of car manufacture yet is now the fifth largest company in the world.
This car is so old that I can find almost nothing about it ... The Accent was introduced in 1994 and in 1995 it was Canada's Best Buy.  It's been through two redesigns ... but I think this one might be an original, called X3 at the factory in Korea.  
I'm happy - it goes well - it runs smoothly and quietly - it has character!  The Accent is described as "affordable" when new - this one was downright "cheap"!
It may have left a huge carbon footprint to get here ... but apparently it will leave only the smallest toe prints as it motors around the district.  And perhaps it won't need its own oil well to keep going ...

O Lord Jesus Christ, 
who at your first coming sent your messenger 
to prepare your way before you: 
Grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries 
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way 
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, 
that at your second coming to judge the world 
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; 
for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer
Collect of the Third Sunday of Advent. 

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