Published by sylvia on 11 Aug 2010 at 03:21 pm
I guess we have rejoined the Yuppies.
Last year at this time, we had 4 drivers and 1 car. My daughter was off at college and my son was at basic Army National Guard training. My husband telecommutes, so we were able to manage just fine with one car, and had for a number of years.
Yuppies? Not us.
Today, we have 4 drivers and 4 cars. My son came home with a bonus burning a hole in his pocket and immediately bought a car. He was also determined to volunteer to go someplace interesting like Iraq or Afghanistan, and got orders to deploy August 7, so he left his car to his college-student sister. She was enjoying the freedom of being able to drive to her job or anywhere else she wanted when the Army doctors decided my son’s shoulder had not healed enough for deployment. He’d have to stay home.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump for joy that he wasn’t going to head for someplace dangerous. But I felt bad for his disappointment. Naturally, he wanted his car back, so I also felt bad that my daughter had tasted freedom (there is no feeling like your first car!) and had it yanked away. So I discussed it with my husband and decided to watch for something reliable that we could afford.
So I saw a local classified for a 1986 Saab for $700. I could afford that, but did it run? We took it for a test drive and while it’s definitely an old car, it seemed to run fine. It had a standard shift, which made my husband drool but which my daughter doesn’t know how to drive, so my husband volunteered to teach her. He has wanted a standard-shift car for the entire 22 years we have been married. It wasn’t my ideal car for her; I know from experience that driving a standard on winter roads is not fun, and I would rather have seen my daughter driving a tank. But I sure liked the price.
Parked right behind the Saab was another vehicle with a “For Sale” sign, a 1984 Ford Bronco. Now that was a tank! It had a lot of rust and the owner was asking $1500, which I thought was a little high, but it was an automatic and DH agreed we should at least call the owner, who said it had been his grandmother’s. (A variation on the “little old lady who only drove it on Sundays” sales pitch?) So we did another test drive. It had trouble starting but ran fine once it started. It also had 4-wheel drive, a definite plus on Laramie roads that can stay snow- and ice-covered for weeks at a time in winter. But the seller and I couldn’t agree on a price, so we bought the Saab and DH planned to teach my daughter how to drive a standard.
I waited a couple of days and called the Bronco owner again. I figured the car had been sitting there for months, so it’s not like people were beating down his door to buy it, and he might be willing to come down a little. And it worked; we agreed on a price and met at the bank yesterday. My daughter even made time in her busy schedule to come with me to get the Bronco, so I was able to get it in her name and she won’t have to worry about anyone yanking it away from her (again!)
So here we are, 4 drivers with a car each. My husband is looking forward to being able to participate in more activities without leaving me car-less. I still have our original vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Matrix which is just the right height for me to get in and out with severe arthritis. My son has his 2002 Oldsmobile Alero back and is hopefully job-hunting. And my daughter is crowing on her Facebook page about having her own wheels.
Oh well. Yuppieville isn’t so bad.
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