Friday, December 02, 2005

Show and Tell

Topic du jour: Your Car

Cars. Is it true that cars are a reflection of one's personality? Aspects, at least. I imagine. I didn't even drive my first car. It was an ancient Datsun with a manual transmission and I was a chicken $#!t. I paid $200 for it, and my boyfried drove it. That was in 1986, fresh out of college. He went back to school and I traded the Datsun for a new Ford Ranger. I was the cat's meow at that point. It was red with an automatic transmission. Then I met up with a hoodlum crook in the guise of a friend who talked me into buying a classic Mercedes. 350SLC. The European version. Silver. Sleek. It was beeeeeeyoootiful, and very flashy, but it was being consumed by rust, and what did a naive girl like me know about things like that? People thought I was RICH! I drove it to my 10-year high school reunion. Oooh, how successful I looked. Ha, if only they knew. I lost a LOT of money on that car. Relatively speaking. I drove it for 8 years, then liquidated everything I could in order to come up with downpayment for some property. At which time I acquired my beloved Subaru. I paid $350 for it, and drove it for many years as I struggled to pay for my real estate investment. Priorities. That car was a sight! It was a tiny hatchback, white with big round rust blotches all over it, and it was covered in green algae when I got it. I took a scrub brush to it, literally. I mastered the manual transmission with that car, and learned to drive in ice and snow. That trusty car never let me down. It had over 225,000 miles on it when we parted ways. I let my ex-fiance have it after the breakup, and I treated myself to a 'me' car. A safe and conservative sedan. Volvo 850GLT. Charcoal grey. I got it used, and it had all the bells and whistles. It was divine. It served me well. I drove it for 6 years, until, not too long ago, my sister had a friend in need and asked if I'd sell it to him. So I did. I didn't have new car plans in my short term budget. I was on a vague wait two more years plan. But what the heck!!

This is the new me. I am a mom. A minivan mom. I'd never have imagined that a car could bring such delight, but I am delighted through and through. I have heated seats! Power doors! Lots of them! With a press of a button the rear hatch opens. Another press and it closes. Same with the sliding side doors. Both of them!! Deeeeeeeluxe!!! Oh. I almost forgot. It's a Toyota Sienna XLE. 2006. Slate grey.
And how pretty is that? My instrument cluster is like a jewel. All these pretty blues. It's just so ooooh. So pretty. I am thrilled.
And the interior? I'd have preferred a darker grey, but it only came in light grey. That burly woody stuff is okay. Sort of tacky, but sort of not. Sort of pretty, in a faux plasticy way. I can play MP3 files! I burned a CD with over 150 MP3 songs and loaded it in and away it goes. I can go several hundred miles on one CD without repeating any songs. Woohoo! Woo. Hoo.

Yes. I am really loving this car.


Anonymous kathryn said...

Your car is divalishious!

1:27 PM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger blackbird said...

My friend M has this very same van...and I spend a lot of time in in so I know that it is THE BEST! The best, most luxurious mom car in the world...
and it looks so pretty in that snow.

1:27 PM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

Um, I kind of love it. The blues are sooo pretty! And heated seats! Hurray!

3:05 PM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger Suse said...

Heated seats? Wow, that's posh. My car is so old two of the doors don't open from the inside.

Love the snow shot.

3:22 PM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger jak said...

Beautiful van- and that dash-way cool-it does look so pretty in snow-

I still miss my van- man, there's no replacing the comfort and room in a mini van-they are wonderful for that!:)

the verification said vsilt-"visit"
maybe it's a sign...

8:08 PM, December 02, 2005  

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