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One of our front lights was dead. The other has been intermittent, which means it would be on for a while, such as fifteen minutes, then it would be off, but next time it would be on again. This has been going on for nearly two years. And I have been turning on high beam for night driving all this time. The reason? It would be too damn expensive to fix it. According to dealer and other run-of-mill mechanic, I would need to replace both the hid light bulb and the ballast, the computer control unit of the light. The hid light bulb, mind you, is quoted at $275 not from dealer. From dealer it would be $290. The ballast unit would be about $200. Replacing the ballast would require taking off the entire lamp component and therefore the labor cost is at two hours, making the total for a single side ~$675. Having both lights fixed would be ~$1350. And this is not a dealer quote.

We recently decided to fix this problem since we are getting on a trip to a more remote place and it might involve night driving a lot. Apparently, the way to reduce cost: 1. buy OEM light bulb; 2. buy after-market ballst; 3. do it yourself. Luckily for us, once we replaced both light bulbs, all are fine now. We bought the bulbs off Amazon, them being naked-eye identical with the dead bulbs they replaced. So the $50 per bulb solution sounds so much more attractive than the $275 dealer version. You can check out the bulbs here (D4S, 42042).

How to use the 4th night free benefit that comes with a Citi Prestige card?

  1. You have to call through the Citi Concierge to make the hotel reservation. The agent would book the reservation for you and credit back your 4th night cost (with taxes) to your card.
  2. Citi Concierge number: 1-800-508-8930. Or this number 561-922-0158. They are open 24 by 7.
  3. Have to be the primary card holder to make the reservation.

By Pema Chodron

讲的是如何通过持守别解脱戒(Vow of personal liberation),菩萨戒(Warrior vow)和密宗戒(Samaya vow)来拥有一个没有fear而且充满温暖的人生。书我很喜欢💖 后面两个戒的内容没看太懂。前面其实也有点忘了。过去十年主要在化教方面学习,行教方面的知识几乎为零。在家人不能了解具体的别解脱戒的内容。所以我并不是要了解具体的戒行持犯。而是戒是什么。什么是持戒。戒究竟在锻炼什么能力等等。去年受五戒的时候学了一些。但是中文材料太难懂。同样的类似的内容,比较general和approachable的,还要看英文。这本就写很好。完全满足了我的个人需要。就是用大白话解释戒和持戒。看了当时觉得懂了。正好一个朋友👬微信问为什么定前要持戒,我还回答了呢。要是不看这本书可能回答不上来。但是现在其实不记得什么了。就记得持戒其实就是时时刻刻watch out自己。如果负面情绪产生,要能stay with that edgy energy, stay present。不要被负面情绪带着跑。显然需要再读。过一段时间沉淀一下再读。

也好简单,就看了一本 《菩提道次第广论》。 

好简单就看了一个。

1. Star Wars 7: Force Awakens

同得兴是苏州一家面店。高总约我在那里吃饭。去了才发现是舌尖上的中国🇨🇳介绍过的一家店面。面不错。首先人民路挖了一年了。同得兴门口那条街挖得都不存在了。我走过去的时候对面的发廊小伙子正在哐当当地往门前的大坑里扔各种装修下脚料。高总说不知道修路啊。知道就换一地方了。但是面确实很好吃。就这样人还很多。总的来说让我对江南地区的面彻底改变了印象。过去的四五年我一直认为到了江南千万别吃面或者饺子之类的东西。因为做得太奇怪。面经常就是白水面。然后给一小盘菜。给猪肝就是猪肝面。给牛肉就是牛肉面。面条煮得塌塌的。吃了两次就绝对不想再吃了。我想还是去吃北方人做的面食靠谱一些。这次同得兴的面不错。细面。煮的火候恰当。配菜很好吃。很像样子。枫镇大肉好吃。小菜很清爽。就是一顿面得小一百块钱。也是够贵的。

喜粤8号。在上海。据说香港米其林三星的大厨开的。目前是米其林二星。挺好吃。不是特别贵。其他二星三星的馆子动不动就每人八百一千的。同学跟我说还是算了吧。这个我们两个人吃的。一人一百五十。吃的挺好。连甜点都吃了。最好吃的是叉烧。居然入口即化。简直想再点一盘。冰草这个植物很嫩。蘸酱很显大厨水平。这两样最impressive。其他都很好。斑腩煲很入味。因为有很多大肥肉一起炖。焗蟹壳有点一般。我们四点五十到的。没预定。先在门外排队。五点服务员出来写名字。我们因为两位居然一下就坐进去了。不然就得到六点半七点再来了。不过同一条街的其他馆子看起来也相当像样。所以换一家吃也可以的。

鹅夫人。上海店是米其林一星。苏州店没星,刚开。不错的地方。最爱流沙包。鹅很好吃。奶茶十分香浓。一人一百。可以再去。

在中国🇨🇳看的。情节上面有点弱智。该见谁就见谁。见到以后该说的话说完,就发生点儿什么,然后这个被见的人就死了。然后男女主角继续见下一个人。感到编剧这个职业相当好混啊。嘿嘿😁 但是电影吗,还是可以看的。特技。空战。都有的看。虽然看完之后我就开始Google主要想看看是不是卢卡斯爷爷👴🏻把星球大战这个品牌变成加盟店了。一看出品人还挺正经。就是就着这个storyline又拍了个前传。好像粉丝写的fan fiction。好吧。这样的故事以后还会有很多。激励我要去看lord of the rings啊。

姜文和甄子丹都有戏份。这年头,中国🇨🇳看电影的人多了。每个电影都得带两个中国演员。这样票房有保证。和当年黄秋霜。甚至陈冲的年代差距太大了。经济发展连艺术都能决定。不服不行✋🏻 


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