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So, okay, we’re in what I call “car hell” and I haven’t talked about it much because, well, it gets all personal and detailed and all that. And, we’ll
knock figure it out, like we always do, like we always have.
And now the PBS radio has on Bolero. lol. Dad loved that. That was our nod to “classical music” growing up. heh. Dad was a Barbershop Quartet champ.
Okay, so, cars. I… hmmm … I’m a Honda girl. I want another Honda. DH (Dear Husband in wwwmomland) is a Does It Run? How much $? guy. “Let’s limp along with it for just a little longer.” And, “damn, I could buy xyz with that amount of money!” And, “cars only DEpreciate (not like flutes which Appreciate).”
Okay, but dead is dead. Cars, I mean. Well, people too, sadly.
We have two cars. Both happen to be 1990’s. His was a great find, Used, old ‘Grandma only drove it to Church’, several years ago, maybe 6 or 8, I forget. We got our money’s worth out of that Mercury. But it threw a rod about 2 months ago and there it sits (really not worth fixing, trust me).
Mine, I say “mine”…. I bought brand new in 1990, before we were married but living together. Back then I had a job, a Real Job, and all that. I had owned Used VW, Datsun, Toyota, and Mazda. I researched blah blah blah and bought my awesomely delicious Honda Civic si. At the time, I said I’ll have a note for 5 years but I will drive this baby til she dies.
Well, R.I.P., Black Pearl, yesterday, she gave up the ghost.
I managed to get there before they closed at noon and grabbed a Rental so DH could still get to his weekend gigs and we have to turn that back in Tuesday or maybe tomorrow (Monday).
I talked to my sister in Georgia. I talked to another friend. DH talked to some of his friends. We have researched on the internet and compared and discussed and all the usual things that you do.
In among the advice I hear, I say back… “Oh but, yeah, I got that covered, I already have that figured out” and so on. In particular, I know I can do the financing through USAA like I did the last time, 19 years ago. USAA, its a WWI vet thing for us, and he was an Officer.
Because of Dad.
And I know all about used vs. new and various things you have to consider in all that evaluating and deciding.
Because of Dad.
Haggling? Oh yeah. Dad: “Just pretend you dont care! Walk AWAY.” lol.
After he died, in 1999, my sisters and I were going through his things and we came across this little Photo Album, one of those cheap little flip style Walgreen’s $2 things. Hadn’t ever seen it before. It had photo’s, notes and even the classified ads of every car he’d bought, sold, owned, and I guess, loved. Funny. Packrat… is it genetic?
So. Tomorrow, we’ll go test drive and see what we see. DH is thinking brand new Fit Sport (musician’s car!). I still love the Civic. We’ll see.
I know though, that Dad will be there with me in my head the whole time.
Ya know, I know. It’s just a car. But …
Thanks Dad. Miss you.