Gain or loss?

Posted on November 18, 2009

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Yesterday I wrote a eulogy for my beloved 1987 Toyota Corolla FX16. It’s still on my mind, but my sorrow and loss are giving way to other things.

  • I don’t normally take the Lord’s name in vain, but WEAR YOUR GODDAMN SEAT BELTS. My car didn’t have airbags or crumple zones or anything, but I didn’t break my nose or any ribs because I had on my seat belt. Seriously, people. Why do we need “Click it or ticket” ad campaigns? Quit your bitching and buckle up.
  • Going without a car requires sacrifice, but so far it’s easier than I thought it would be. I drive my wife to work, and pick her up after. On some days, she takes the car and I just stay home and work on the computer and the Internet. Our in-laws live close by, and my father-in-law is about to retire, so we can borrow vehicles when we need to. There’s public transportation, flex cars, and many other options.
  • Driving a different car can really remind you of the flaws in the vehicle you normally drive. When I drove my wife’s car to Tacoma, it reminded me how loud my car had gotten.
  • Our insurance rates will probably go up, but on the other hand we’ll only have one car on our insurance for awhile. I’m curious how that will work out.
  • We never intended to take the Corolla if we relocated for work. We always intended to replace it or do without.
  • In the words of Warren Zevon, written when he knew he was dying of cancer, “Life’ll kill ya.” Be grateful everyday for what you have, because things can change in a heartbeat.

So: Did I lose a car, or gain some insight, or both? I don’t know yet. Time will tell. Eventually.

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