What would you do if you had a month of vacation?



I have had this impression (not statistics nor intense observation) that there are more cabriolets in Europe than in Japan. There are plenty of them here including mine for instance.

I also have this impression (ditto) that (if I make the ranking of the makes with most cabriolets) Audi, Mini and BMW (in this order) make the top three makes who produce many cabriolets.

If you combine Mini and BMW together (as they are basically one), the ranking will be Mini/BMW and then Audi. My impression would be quite different if I lived in Southern Europe where the weather is sunnier and Italians have a say in automobile production.

Here's the proof of sorts. I parked my car in front of one of my work places and looked on and then found this scenery. There are four cabriolets in sight and two of them are almost identical (or exactly the same make and color). There were two Audis, one BMW and one Mazda. This is what I am talking about.

One month of vacation? No problem!

This blog site is hosted by FC2 (I don't know if it is a abbreviation of the company's name which runs the service or not but anyway).

This blog service suggests themes for the blog entry for bloggers to compete in a competition of sorts. I have never participated in it and have never read the details of this theme suggestions.

The current theme is the 2,307th one and it reads as the title (I just roughly translated the Japanese sentence in to English on my own but it could be different in its native translation if it does exist).

This is meant to be for Japanese people who can not have a month of vacation. By law or by some regulations, they can but if or when they do, they would easily lose their job. This is one of the traditions that have existed in Japanese society for a long long time maybe since its debut into the Western culture when Japanese "Samurai" government opened its door to the Western world around 1860.

I, on the other hand, who abandoned the society in which I was born, raised, educated and worked for some time can take a month of vacation here in Luxembourg.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [ What would you do if you had a month of vacation?]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

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Carron® PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene) coating and Other topics

Carron® PTFE caoting (polishing and cleaning)

The ad on Amazon (Germany) carried the image that I uploaded in the previous entry. It did not specify what it was made of or composed of.

A quick search on YouTube produced several motion pictures uploaded by Carron® itself. Those movies showed me a new package design of the product and there you can clearly see that it is based on PTFE technology. Now I could find out how PTFE had been appreciated by those aficionados.

A quick search on a Japanese site (since Japanese are really fussy about those products) got me this. PTFE (Polytetrafuloroethylene, when applied on aluminium, it is called TEFLON) technology, presently, is not the latest but relatively an old news. Glass coating is the latest.

Anyway, I have to wait some time for the Europeans to catch up.

Fabsil by Grangers


A YouTube video introduced me to this product. It is basically an outdoor oriented tent surface waterproofing chemical. It can be applied on soft canvas top of vehicles.

It is not so expensive. I will try this one next time I need a waterproofing chemical.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Carron® PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene) coating and Other topics]の続きを読む

テーマ:愛車と日常 - ジャンル:車・バイク

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Rainy days in Luxembourg (and Central Europe, too)


It has been raining not continuously but intermittently maybe several hours a day since ?? for two weeks by now?

I was not impressed by the way this product (Impregno Cabrio) waterproofs the soft top of my car so I wanted to give another product (or other products) a try.

I have two products in the waiting room. One is a very similar product also from Germany (also made and marketed by a German company) called Paintsystems Fast X (Paintsystems is the name of the company).

The other one has been already mentioned in the previous entry.

Body paint protection


This product's description is a bit sketchy and does not state the essence of this product's working. What is this product made of, anyway? Silicon based stuff?

I was curious when I read the sweet and terse description (usage). It can be used on the painted surface or glass surface. Can I put it on the body and the glass?

It says it lasts for (or up to) 6 months. I simply don't buy it but it will last for some time when the weather is tender (meaning not during winter or rainy seasons).

Torque wrench

A torque wrench is a handy tool if you know how and where to use it properly. A simple tire change (summer tires/winter tires or a flat tire) can merit from it as one knows that the lug nuts are properly and securely tightened.

When I have extra money to burn ("money to burn" is borrowed from my favorite song "Rebel Yell" by the way), I want to get one of those track widener spacers on my MX-5.


This is from I.L. Motor Sport site (http://ilmotorsport.de/).

It is strongly recommended (mandatory) to use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts to securely install the spacers.

One day!

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Rainy days in Luxembourg (and Central Europe, too)]の続きを読む

テーマ:愛車と日常 - ジャンル:車・バイク

  1. 2017/08/13(日) 00:13:46|
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BinckBank Tour (driving trip)

Driving to Lanaken

I did not take a route normally I took when driving up to Liège, Maastricht or Lanaken. I took a route which runs through the middle of Luxembourg up to Wiltz then swerved to the direction of Bastogne (Houffalize).

On the way I dropped in on a gas station in Pommerloch, Luxembourg. I had never been there before as long as I could recall. At this Q8 station, I filled up the tank and duly noted the purchase details and the odometer readings to put them all in an app called "Road Trip" on my iPad mini 2.

I did not know at that time that I was pumping my car in Pommerloch as I did not see any name. I looked for this village on the BaseCamp on my MacBook Pro mid 2010 after arriving home. I knew that I passed Wiltz and later a small village called Bourcy (Belgium) so I could narrow the search to a small area between these places.

Here are some pictures.
There were other gas stations nearby other than Q8 for the Belgians and other passing people. It is a common to see a herd of gas stations near or on the borders with surrounding countries.

The left side meter on the console indicates the total distance and some other information. The car itself assumes that I am consuming around 5.5 litters per 100 km.

The pumps accepted payment by cards but did not offer any paper printout so I recorded the transaction on my phone.

Road Trip tells me that the fuel consumption rate was 5.47 litters per 100 km. As you can see the car had already guessed it correctly. Good to know that those numbers are correct.

Waterproofing spray
A souvenir from Lanaken, from ALDI (supermarket) in Lanaken. I bought 4 of them each costing €1.76.

On the way to Lanaken it rained a lot. In Lanaken I noticed that the soft top canvas was all wet and soaked. There was no sign of waterproof effect. I wonder that the money and time I spent on waterproofing the soft top was worth anything. After a sustained rainfall will the waterproofing agent (some kind of wax, I guess) wash down completely?

I think the waterproof effect is completely gone now. Friday (the trip to Lanaken was Thursday) it also rained and the soft top showed almost no sign of waterproof effect.

I might be wasting my money and time with those watery spray chemicals. I will use the spray cans to see if they are any better.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [BinckBank Tour (driving trip)]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2017/08/10(木) 21:53:36|
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BinckBank Tour 2018 Stage 4 Lanaken - Lanaken 154.2 km (rainy)

BinckBank Tour 2018

The BinckBank Tour itself is being held in both the Netherlands and Belgium. On Thursday, the stage starts in Lanaken, Belgium and finishes there. The peloton ride through both Belgium and the Netherlands, I think.

It is unfortunately rainy. I am going to bring an umbrella with me.

I am leaving Luxembourg sometime early in the morning (before 06:00) and take a rather leisurely route before hitting E25 (highway) at Bastogne. I will be able to enjoy some of the forest roads in Luxembourg.

From Bastogne I will be driving on highways. I will be in Lanaken around 09:00.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ
[BinckBank Tour 2018 Stage 4 Lanaken - Lanaken 154.2 km (rainy)]の続きを読む

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