Friday night - we were home alone in the apartment. It seemed empty after sending Mimi home to America on a plane. Our guest room seemed very empty - since that will be the last we will be using it. After doing dishes and laundry all day - I asked Lulu if she would like to have supper out. I said I would go anywhere as long as it was American food.
She picked a Western Restaurant at the Westin Hotel - we took a bus - but I insisted we take a cab home afterwards. The air felt a little wet and heavy. When we got to the Westin - the restaurant was not open. So we used our phone and went on the hunt for an American restaurant not too far away. The phone said TGIF was a block away. Lulu swore she felt snow flakes as we bundled up and shivered down the street.
TGIF was nice. I got a bacon cheeseburger - she got enchiladas. Best thing is they had free soda refills - rare over here. It was a nice meal and we could look out on a city park from the second floor window. There was a fancy mall across the way - Gucci - Dior - Louis Vuitton - etc. Also we could see big flakes of snow falling through the fancy lights.
We crossed over to the mall. To our surprise there was a Tesla dealer in the mall. No one was there except two sales people. So we crawled all over a Model X and a Model 3. Electric cars are very popular here. I am sure there are some big tax breaks to have one in the city.
The blue Model 3 - is the cheapest Tesla. They say you can get one for $35k - but I have not seen any under $46k. There was also a red Model X - which is a 6 seater SUV.
Both cars have very powerful electric motors. Both are super fast - and have a long range of 300 miles. I liked the cheaper Model 3. The Model X looks very faddish with Batman type gulf wing doors. Also the 2-2-2 seating seemed very. tight.
I love Tesla cars and might buy one. But it is a big investment. The owner of the company Elon Musk is worth billions - like 50 billion - a real billionaire with proof. He does some very strange things that affect the stock market prices. The whole Tesla idea of great cars and charging systems is amazing. They also make a line of giant home batteries called the PowerWall. With the PowerWall - you can charge the battery at night at lower rates - and then use the power in the day. Also- if there is a power failure - you have about 3 days of electricity stored - over a week with no AC.
As I get older - I take less risks - especially with Lulu's money. I am much older than her and she has longevity in her family. Lulu likes the more traditional Mercedes.
Since it was snowing - we got a cab. The driver was so proud to pick up two Americans. He told us he was a heavy metal guitarist and he loved American music - Kiss - Metallica - Nirvana - Eric Clapton. He kept playing us songs and rocked us all the way home. The ride took 30 minutes thru the snow - cost $3. We shook hands as we left. I honestly cannot tell you a story about the Chinese treating us badly. This morning we woke up to about an inch of snow.
Mimi made it home - 24 hours from door to door - layover - first class seat - car at airport - etc.
|Large computer screen in Tesla X|
|I like the red color but not the white leather|
|Let's take one home|
|The model 3 seems more practical and cheaper|