There have been 13 cars parked in my driveway in the past 3 months…
1. Honda Accord:
Back in May, I still had my Trusty Honda Accord. 13 years old and about 225,000 miles on it. It was getting tired, so I sold it.
LIFE JUST KIND OF HUMMED ALONG.
2. Dodge Grand Caravan:
I used the cash from the Honda Accord to buy The Green Van. I knew I was taking a chance, but didn’t want a car payment. Drove the Green Machine down to Washington D.C and it promptly bit the dust. I’ve been without a car since the end of May.
The relatives brought me back home. Sort of like an ‘Adult Carpool.’
3. Toyota Corolla:
My cousin dropped me off at my father’s house. They were out-of-town, so I borrowed their zippy little Toyota Corolla. Handled great. And got FANTASTIC gas mileage.
4. Chevy Tahoe:
Then my Dad got back and I was handed off their other vehicle for several weeks. That truck was top-notch for hauling my teenage son and his friends to football conditioning each day. They are all 6’ to 6’3” and bigger than most adult men. The downside? I think it got about 8 miles per gallon and it cost me a fortune to put gas in the thing…
5. & 6. Trailblazer & Audi A4:
Borrowed from my friend and her daughter when I needed to run an errand or pick up kids.
7. Ford Pickup:
Borrowed from my neighbor Chapman when I was in a bind.
8. Buick LeSabre:
One of my girlfriends had to travel for work and I had this car for several weeks, as well. One doesn’t so much ‘ride’ in a Buick LeSabre, one ‘floats’ down the road. And its burgundy. (She calls it Classic Old Person Color). Fully loaded, leather seats, power everything…its like rolling down the freeway in a recliner. Might be my favorite car this summer. (Was for sure Daughters favorite.)
9. Chevy Impala:
Same family that owned the LeSabre also had an Impala, which we also had here and there.
10. GMC Truck:
Borrowed from yet another friend when I needed to haul furniture. (Another story)
11. Nissan Rouge:
Aunt Kate’s car. Have had that, too.
12. Lexus Sedan:
Daughter has had her Dad’s car when he has been out-of-town.
13. Ford Edge:
This is Lucky #13. And what I am driving today. And this weekend. Fitting that it is called the ‘Edge’ because having it parked in my driveway is keeping me AWAY from the Edge. I’m just not sure how much longer I can be without a car of my own…
Me: I really, really LIKE this car.
Son: It’s a CAR.
Son: Like…any CAR works at this point.
The biggest problem?
For nearly 3 months, I cannot find these cars in parking lots. I have no idea WHICH vehicle I am looking for. Or even what I arrived in…
Sometimes, (Okay…frequently) I have to pull out the keys to jog my memory.
But the end of this disaster is near.
Because It just cannot go on. Not for me. Not for my friends and family.
Son: Mom, it’s a good thing you have friends.
Me: Yeah. For some reason, people seem to like me. No idea why…
Here’s to lucky #13.
May #14 be my NEXT CAR…