Have I ever shown you our car? I know you’ve seen the van. It gets all of the attention for its uncanny ability to be in the right place at the (almost comically) wrong time. The car, though, has had no such bad luck. It just sits there in the driveway being quietly dependable.
Initially, it was my car, replacing the old Pokamobile. But once we found ourselves with a minivan a few years later, I eventually transitioned to driving that all of the time, leaving Neil to zip off to work in a car with a POKADOT license plate.
He’s gotten his fair share of ribbing about that
So after 11 years and 111,000 miles, the car has began to show signs of wear and tear. This summer our mechanic recommended that we consider replacing it, as some expensive repairs are looming. We began wandering around the internet looking for affordable used cars that weren’t too old and didn’t have too much mileage on them, and I bookmarked a few things I liked, but there was no real sense of urgency about it.
Until a few weeks ago.
As Neil was backing out of the driveway on his way to work, the car’s breaks went soft and wouldn’t engage. He decided (and rightly so) that rather than risk life and limb on the winding, hilly roads between here and the office, he would coast slowly down the driveway and park it where it came to rest. The poor old car has occupied that spot ever since.
Well, we’d rather not pay for a repair on a car we’re trying to replace, and so we’ve been stepping up our car shopping game, and I’ve been playing chauffeur. We all drive Neil to work in the morning, then the kids and I kill 15 minutes before I drop them off at school. In the afternoon, I pick up the kids, kill 15 minutes again, and then pick up Neil from work. It’s not perfect, and it steals an hour from each end of my day, but it’s a temporary solution that works for now.
Yesterday we went and saw a vehicle that we think will work for us, and today we will take some time going over the little details that will decide once and for all if it will be ours. If it’s not meant to be, I’ll just continue taxi duty for a while. If there’s one bright spot to be found in taxi duty, it’s the scenery. The colors of fall are exploding all over the winding roads between home and Neil’s office, and I am getting to watch them evolve from mostly green to vibrant orange to brown. There have been some breathtaking vistas spread out before me these last several days, and I just love that I’m getting to experience fall so fully this year.
Still… I would kind of like those two hours back, and I think I’ll be quite happy to have a pair of functioning vehicles in the driveway soon!