I finally managed to get an estimate from a body shop for the repair to our car. Now, mind you, I have not seen our mechanic yet. The "check engine" light has been glowing balefully. I suspect that the force of the impact may have damaged the exhaust system. I have been trying to drive as little as possible, and have not gotten on the freeway since the accident.
Would anyone care to guess how much the estimate for the body work was? We drive a 1995 Subaru Legacy station wagon. Nice car. But not new.
Before I tell you, I'll show you what cheered me up after hearing the estimate. These are Wild Urban Parrots, playing on the telephone wires in Berkeley California. I imagine that they are cousins of the famed Parrots of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, but re-located to the East Bay, because rents are lower and the climate is generally nicer. It was very foggy when I took these photos. Let's pretend that the fact that the pictures are little more than a silhouette is some kind of aesthetic choice, instead of lousy lighting and poor photography, okay?
And the estimate? How does the number $5,452.47 sound?