Thank god it’s Friday! Car Talk,  July 22, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #941)

In addition to loving my wonderful hubby, dogs, friends, & family, I wanted one thing that I realized was becoming more of a necessity than a luxury for me:

To hang up my informal hubby chauffeur license

I needed this badly.  Five years ago when my car died, we didn’t replace it—and we just consolidated using my hubby’s compact car for the both of us.  So in addition to the midday doggie lunch run from campus that I do four days a week, I added in an early morning 6am hubby to work drive—necessitating my waking at 5:15am to shower and such.  Then I would repeat the hubby run at the end of the day to return him home after my work day at campus.

I love my hubby and our car chats.  But the toll on me with of all the extra driving and longer days, four days every week of the year was running up against my age and my health issues.  And trying to schedule each of us having multiple activities, makes having only one car shared by my hubby and I complicated.  So despite our liking lessening our carbon footprint by only having one car—since my hubby would ride his bike to campus once or twice a week in good weather—a second car became less of a luxury.

But here’s the thing.  When we started car shopping last week, I said that my basic needs were a car with automatic transmission and air conditioning.  AC is big with me—asthma girl, here.  I stated that I didn’t need any of the fancy newer car technology.  Keyless entry and push button car starting?  Nah! Power car seat adjustments?  Heated seats?  Leather seats? No way!  Navigational mapping?  Back up camera? Now that’s just silly!  Blue tooth radio and cell phone for hands free talking?  Seriously? Isn’t that still distracted driving?  Etc. The list of newer car technologies is dizzying and perplexing.  Who needs all that? And if you don’t need it, why pay for it?  Give me car air conditioning and an automatic transmission any day of the week.

Riiiight!  I am now sheepishly eating crow as my newer used car sits on our driveway.  At least the gas door on it isn’t locked electronically, you just pop it open.  In our defense, a used but very nice (loaded as my hubby says) car just happened to become available—and it was much less expensive than anything else we had looked at, with rock bottom interest rates.

It was surreal.  I almost felt like Eve being enticed with the apple as my shaky hands reached to sign the car loan agreements.  Would I be going against my previous lower carbon footprint, green hugging, luxury eschewing ways by accepting this car?  Should I have instead, stuck with my usual basic used car?

As my hubby rationalized, the backup camera is a must for me.  And he means that in a caring way, not derisively—since I am a short person who can’t see the end of my car–with the way some of the car design elements get in the way.

And the rest of my newer used car’s technology?  I will try not to corrupt myself.  Who am I kidding?  If you want to ride with me, you must empty your pockets and stow any sharp objects and ink pens in the trunk, right next to my transport wheelchair—I’ll have bins for you to stow your stuff like they do at the airport.  Then you may sit on the seat rug/mat/towel—to protect the seats—and enjoy the air conditioning.  *wink*

P.S.  I wonder if this guy would like a lift?  He looks like he could use the air conditioning.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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5 Responses to Thank god it’s Friday! Car Talk,  July 22, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #941)

  1. Teuchter says:

    LOL Grati! I enjoyed that! Sometimes another car is a necessity! Some of my kids/grandkids each have to have a car because of poor transit links or they all work/got to school or college – and therefore have to travel – in different directions and at different times. They just don’t have a choice. They wish they did!

    If Richard ever did need a lift, if I were you I’d let him drive so you could relax and enjoy the “views”!!! ;) Watching those hands on the steering wheel? *bliss* If he was in your car I think YOU might be the one needing the a/c :D

    And PS; I think ALL cars should have back-up cameras. SO much safer!

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    • Hi Teuchter,

      Thanks for your very kind comment! I’m appreciative of your support in my car choice. I have always been a very frugal lady and big purchases like these make my skin crawl–even if the pain is spread over a 5 year loan. Ha!

      But I’m trying to look at this like an investment–in terms of resale. Although my hubby says that when his car dies–it’s 7 years old, see frugal–he could take my car and I can get a new one. Ha!

      And I would definitely have to let Richard drive. I get dizzy at tall heights–and I think that extends to a certain tall, dark, handsome man, and smoulderingly/adorkably charming man. *wink*

      Thanks and Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. Evie Arl says:

    His is a laugh that brightens my day. Safe driving and I hope you don’t get too bamboozled with all the gizmos and gadgets. X

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    • Hi Evie, I love Richard’s laugh, too. It’s so genuine–as are his smiles. And I think I’m already going over to the dark side with the car technology. Ha! Though I will have to wait until the weather is not 95 – 100 degrees to try out the heated seats. *wink* Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. July 22 & 23, 2016–Thanks for liking/starring this post! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers! Grati ;->

    Evie Arl, discovermarche, jholland, & Carolyn


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