A Checklist I Hope You Never Use

After a collision your mind is a mess, when it needs to be laser-focused. Print and stuff this into your glovebox.

Read it online at Autonet.

The checklist in bullet points:

– turn on “Location Services” so GPS coordinates will be attached to all photos
– photo EVERYthing, take like 100+ photos
– along with a 360º of the damage, photograph drivers’ licence and plates, tires, external conditions
video witnesses, video interactions with the other driver
– use the voice record app while you walk around, narrating what you see

Favourite line: 

The second last paragraph, the list of external conditions to take note of.


All ‘Keri on Driving’ columns here.



I’m in an Ikea-Building-Party Nightmare

Remember when I bought a house-worth of furniture yesterday? Took delivery of 17 pieces at 1pm.

Was most looking forward to the bed.

2 guys kindly came to help, thought we’d have everything built by tonight.

Was that ever delusional.

It’s going to take 4 times as long as I estimated.

And was delivered the wrong slats for the bed bottom.

I took my shopping list to the store too, to order everything with a human and avoid this. And they’re not just the wrong slats wait, this type isn’t even for sale on the website.

The slats that came out of the ether.

I was so close to getting off an air mattress guys. It’s been 2 months now.

(if we’re just meeting: I bought a house, picked up the keys on July 25 and never went back to my condo downtown, been living out of a suitcase since, blog tag = house)

Ikea couldn’t have been nicer about it, almost over-compensated, so tomorrow I’ll swap the slats, plus… omg plus:

Tomorrow: 2 newspaper deadlines Friday morning, conducting an interview about auto security at 11am, then a Porsche 911 event at the Manga Golf Course tomorrow night, and it’s the last day EVER to drive my beloved Jetta because it failed the smog test so hard, and I have surgery Tuesday morning and haven’t been able to figure out how to hide that from you…

… so I’m going to sleep on the idea of putting my blog on pause for a week …. need to get this house stuff in order because the snow comes soon, which’ll be perfect blogging weather…




Here’s the Plan till Wednesday (updated)

My mind is still melted, and been sleeping a lot, but it’s still not enough.

Had to be up early, because today starts Phase 2 of turning this cottage I bought, into a house.  Right now they’re using some sort of mega saw and it’s shaking my desk.

I’m going to backdate 15 posts, to complete my Targa 2014 series.

Made it to Monday, then the big blog posts stopped and think you’ll agree the following ones were rather light. So I’ll fill you in over the next 2 days, then I’ll make one main post that contains links to everything, and by Wednesday I should be done and normal blogging will resume.

And this, I need to do more of this.

Not used to being around humans constantly, have some balancing out to do. Plus there’s world and auto news to catch up on, and celebrity gossip of course.

Have a good start to your week, TTY Wednesday.


So it’s Tuesday night, and note the lack of Targa posts?  Yup.

I was too ambitious in estimating my recovery time guys, I’m still a disaster.  Better than yesterday, in which I barely recognized myself, could hardly form a sentence and kept bumping into things.  My mind is still mush.

Phase 2 of winterizing my cottage is complete, but even that.  And all those work boots on my clean floors… ugh, round 100 with the bucket and brush.

I used up my vacation time at the newspaper last week, so it was back to work today and wrote the news, and then this afternoon there was a window, and instead of blogging I took it …. wait for it…. went and bought furniture.

It’s been exactly 2 months I’ve lived without anything except an air mattress.  It was fine and fun, now over it, the delivery truck is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Not going to give you a timeline this time, sorry for my melted brain!, but leave it with me I am ON IT xo