The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 October 2003

Periods of transition

I wrote my last rent check last night.

Of course, there was a form to fill out, and they wanted to know what you liked about the place (four miles from work, two miles from Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits) and what you didn't like (the complex was built during a period when isolation between individual units was considered an expensive frill, and besides I suffer from Danny Glover's disease*). I doubt seriously anyone had ever stayed there for ten whole years before, but that's not something I plan to worry about. And as I left the office, my mood was closer to euphoric than to nostalgic. Clearly the time was right.

Six hours away (if you take the side roads, as you should), my daughter was seduced into the Matrix.

And actually, I wasn't surprised; she had never been all that happy with her Corolla, and while the Toyota folks replaced its starter, she spied this little wagon on the corner of the lot and fell, if not in love, certainly in like.

This is hardly the car of her dreams, I noted; in fact, it's the sort of vehicle that is generally derided as a mommymobile, a grocery-getter.

"I am a mommy," she declared, "and I do get groceries."

So there.

 * "I'm getting too old for this shit."

Posted at 7:27 AM to General Disinterest

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Welcome to the joys of home ownership. The only problem: there is no one to call when stuff breaks down . . . well, no one to call who is going to pay for it.

Posted by: Chris at 11:52 AM on 31 October 2003

I sympathize with your daughter. Mommies need to haul kids and get groceries. But why can't they make a vehicle that will do all that without screaming mommy?

Posted by: punctilious at 8:36 PM on 31 October 2003

You can haul kids and get groceries in an S-Class Mercedes, but it seems like almost a shame to do so.

Besides, if I've imparted any useful advice at all to the Next Generation, it's "The first requirement for having something to say about a purchase is having contributed money for said purchase. Most people haven't and won't, and therefore have nothing to say."

Posted by: CGHill at 9:20 PM on 31 October 2003

But why can't they make a vehicle that will do all that without screaming mommy?

Ford Ranger Supercab.

Posted by: McGehee at 12:14 PM on 1 November 2003

I think her resistance to really trucklike trucks is based on the fact that her brother drives this humongous Dodge Ram which is nearly too wide for her driveway (or probably for mine).

Posted by: CGHill at 12:41 PM on 1 November 2003

That's why I didn't suggest the Ford F-350 Super Duty.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:16 PM on 2 November 2003