It’s raining men or what not to buy as a gift?

Oh Lord won't you buy me a Mecedes Benz!

It’s raining men or what not to buy as a gift?

A gift to myself - a holiday in Mozambique

The current but one topic is “It’s raining men”. It is a song written by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer in 1979, and originally recorded by The Weather Girls in 1982.

It happened to be playing on my car radio as we left for a holiday over the Easter weekend. We left on Thursday to avoid the traffic that would flood our roads on Good Friday. I was also somewhat guilt ridden as I had not yet written my weekly hubmob hub.

Car trouble

But I should have known! The last time I took a long weekend we had car trouble. (Click on the link for the full story on that one). As I pulled out of my garage at home, still stressed from packing the boot (known as a trunk to some of you) with all the necessities for a 4 day break, I noticed that the car was telling me I had a failed tail light!. Great start!.

First stop was now the dealership to check on the problem. Well the trunk was full to the gills and the overflow was on the back seat. Lord only knows why dearly beloved needs to bring more clothing and goods on a four day trip than we took with when we went to Europe on our cruise last year! After partially unpacking the overflowing boot, it was no great problem, the light was replaced and off we went.

Our Plan

Our plan was to leave Thursday, miss the traffic and overnight in Nelspruit on the way to Mozambique. My brother-in-law and his spouse were to meet us early the next morning and we planned to travel in convoy over the border into Mozambique. So far so good! But... while ,we were relaxing over a light lunch at a well known stopover place called “Milly’s”, as we had “broken the back” of the journey and were nearly in Nelspruit, we got a call on our cell phone only to be told that due to unforeseen circumstances, “they” would no longer be coming!

As you can imagine we were not too chuffed at this situation. The accommodation was already booked and we would have had to go on alone.

Dinner as compensation

At any rate we went on to our Hotel In Nelspruit and went out for a Dinner at Salt , but were a little disappointed perhaps our holiday mood had somewhat evaporated.

More Car trouble

The next morning on getting into the car, we noticed that the “engine management” light had come on the dashboard. Well that meant no further holiday. I phoned the emergency assistance number and spent the morning in the local dealership, which the Emergency assist man had opened up. Everything was closed tighter than a drum in this small town on Good Friday!. Even the local shopping centre was partially closed. I had offloaded my dearly beloved at the shopping centre, so that she would not have to be subjected to the hanging about in the garage.

In the event the car required  major repair but “should get me home”. We spent another night in Nelspruit and limped home on Saturday.

The car is still in the Garage and I am having some serious words about this vehicle that has been nothing bu trouble since I bought it. See a long weekend for more sad details.

Dinner as compensation again

So we did not have a great gift to ourselves. We did however, have a great dinner on Friday night at a brilliant restaurant called “The Orange”. We had Tomato tart (Her) and Goose liver in Merlot reduction (me) for starters, As an entrée we had Duck Confit (Her) and Sirlion with Marrow bone (me) with crepe suzettes and coffee. Brilliant meal and apparently we lucked into on of the best restaurants in the country by shear serendipity.


So do not buy a weekend away or a new car for your man (or yourself if you are man).

Another (not so) great hubmob from sixtyorso

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hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

G'day mate, oops oh yeah little Ag says Hi. your story brings back lots of memories of cars breaking down and plans going astray.

Bloody good read!

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

hairy A.S.S. Thanks for stopping by (AG too). Yes, us oldies have stories to tell but it does not get better with bloody computerised cards eithter!

Thanks for stopping by an commenting.

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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I was starting to feel sorry for your car troubles, but after reading your dinner menu I am jealous instead :-) yummy!

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines


Right, a good dining experience is a fine gift. Thanks for sharing your car troubles through this hub - if anything, it made an entertaining read :D

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Ivan the Terrible 7 years ago from Madrid

All I want is everything I ever wanted. Is that too much to ask? Ha-ha!

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artrush73 7 years ago

Car's these day is like a match box. For some reason all new cars are breaking down. One of my friends has a mersedess and the other bmw. They have to take the cars to dilership every other week. They breaking down like crazy. A lot of people have problems with their cars.

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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Not a good hub to read if you are currently hungry at the moment. But other people's inconveniences are quite entertaining. thanks 60!

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Princessa yes every down has an upside too!

Chris glad you enjoyed my semi-rant. thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Ivan the Terrible, Too true the wheel has a way of turning. Karma, the wheel, a cycle. You name it, but at least recognise the good coming from the bad.

artrush73 yes, that is so true. The cars today are too complicated, all run by computers. I was horrified to find that mine is run by MS windows. so I guess I oughta expect a blue screen now and again!

Toadie So you see it is not just you who has the bluebird of happiness occaisionally dropping his turds on your birthday cake! BTW A-team rocks!

Thanks all for dropping by and commenting, much appreciated as always.

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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

sixty, you have the worst luck with vacations! Or maybe it's the car that doesn't like to go on holiday!

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

JamaGenee I think it is the combination.

On Sunday we are going to George, Knysna and Port Elizabeth. We are Flying and hiring a car this time!

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

And I thought it was only I who had such adventures and I love that song "It's raining men" Ohhhhhh if that were to happen......too magical to explain.x0x

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Knock knock Sixty are you ok you have been away so long

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi blondie

Yes I am here and back in full force gain. I went away to the East Coast for about 8 days and had no internet access. Thanks for asking and caring . You are so sweet!

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futonfraggle 7 years ago

I think that wonderful meal helped you forget about your car troubles (at least for a little while).

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

hahah Sixty I have just come from the forum looking at that grrrrrr pic EG found somewhere in the gutters of the web, ooo and you are such a stirrer. I am so confused there now I don't know who said what. Have you been to the Captain's page lately. Read towards the bottom from our current card game when you are in your jockettes hahaha.

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

It is a wonder the other BP has not been here. Touch wood. Curse that EG hahahahahah. You better take cover Sixty they are on a plane on their way over.

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

futonfraggle Too true but as with digestion the pain returns! thanks for stopping by and comenting.

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Blondie yep been to the captains table. see my comments.

I await with baited breath for the Quantas flights.

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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

Your car tales are so funny, but I am not glad you have the misery. its just funny from a distance. everytime I speak of wanting a high-tech anything, my husband is quick to remind me that the more techy it is, the more things can go wrong and do. Sigh. I do love the techy tho.

You must go see Star Trek, if it's available to you...the new one? it's just great if you like good script and high tech....=))

Don't drive, take the bus. =)))

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

I am a techie and I live and earn a living by being a  pioneer. But I know enough not to appreciate electronics in cars and other things on which our lives depend. And Yes I am a  trekkie and am eagerly awaiting the new Star trek. Lynn is practical and absolutely right!

Once again thanks fot taking the trouble to read and comment.

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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

Star Trek will be an enjoyable view...are your theaters like ours...? tickets about $9.00 and popcorn the wonderful Wall Street price of $5.00 a bag and $4.00 for a coke. I hate that part...but it's so hard to resist the smell of the popped corn....and they know it!!!

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Marisue we also pay quite high prices for movies about the same as you converted. Our Rand is bout $8.50 at the moment. So pretty much the same. Cokes and popcorn abit cheaper than yours. Also we go on pensioners day we can get a discount.

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Aya_Hajime 7 years ago

Really enjoy your stories. I especially liked the part where you dropped your sweetheart at the shopping center and braved the car mechanic on your own. Who said chivalry was dead? - Now I just need a good knight detector ;-)

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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Good night detector (Indeed!)! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting much appreciated

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