October 20, 2011

What's Good for the Gander... Is Not So Much for the Goose

My eldest son has to drive my mini-van around if he wants to get anywhere. I don't let him drive his Dad's car as his Dad's car is a nice car and my car is a POS.

He hates it, but they're the only wheels he has. His buddies make fun of him and call him "Mom". That's become a nickname of sorts. Evidently, his buddies' Moms no longer drive mini-vans. In an age where most people get rid of their vehicles every few years, their Moms moved on to something more efficient.

Me being cheap and enjoying no carpayment, as I hit 190K this month, refuse to get a new car until 250K. This will be the vehicle that teaches my kids to drive. The goal is for it to survive teaching Bones to drive.

The boys are somewhat aghast. I mean, my van really is turning into a POS. It's holding up pretty well, but it's worn. It's just flat worn. There is NOTHING glamorous about it. It is purely functional. They cannot imagine I could be 'happy' driving something such as I drive. I can't get worked up about it.

It's a functional tool. It's reliable, it does what it needs to do... and it's free, other than tires, gas and oil.

We were driving back from Scouts tonight and I saw a Scion that had been painted or wrapped or whatever they do, to advertise a local company. Big pink bubble letters adorned the gray vehicle. My eldest told me that there are companies that will PAY YOU to advertise. You get your vehicle wrapped with their logo, you drive a lot, they'll pay you.

Hello? I drive 30,000 miles a YEAR. I DO SERIOUS DRIVING!

Seeing the gray Scion, what my boys saw as ridiculous, I saw as free gas. Her gas was being paid for by driving something around that she couldn't see! She can't SEE the big pink bubble letters! She just has to drive it.

I looked at Ringo and said, "Wow, can you imagine the kaching I could bring in if I get my car wrapped? I need to look into that..."

Keep in mind... it's a 2004 Toyota Sienna, 190K miles.

He stopped reading, looked up, and an expression of absolute horror crossed his face and he said, "Don't.YOU.DARE. It's bad enough that I drive a mini-van when I'm out with my friends, and that they all call me "Mom", but I don't need to drive one painted up like a pig or something equally awful."

And with that, I just about fell out laughing. I was picturing the Asexual Mom-mobile painted like a big pig. Holy crap. I'd love that.

But my son... not so much.

Posted by Boudicca at October 20, 2011 09:22 PM

My oldest drive a minivan, and he's 21, a senior in college. His friends used to make fun of him....until my son was the ONLY WAY for 7 guys to get somewhere at the same time.
Now, they want him to drive all the time and they pay him gas!

Posted by: Rave at October 21, 2011 08:15 AM

So they call him MOM, eh?
Get the minivan wrapped with "Buck's Gun Shop-free concealed weapons course", and see what your son's friends think of that; and you get gas money too.

Posted by: Mockingbird at October 21, 2011 08:25 AM

I looked into that, and your vehicle has to be nice, in good condition, both inside and out.

Posted by: Andrew Phule at October 21, 2011 03:31 PM

Ya know, I drive a nice, immaculate vehicle....fire engine red....two door....I wonder how much they WOULD pay? *lol*

Posted by: Rave at October 21, 2011 04:38 PM

"It's a functional tool. It's reliable, it does what it needs to do"

Spoken like a true engineer. When I was fixing office equipment for IBM that described my car. The backseat was full of parts, empty coffee cups, and other assorted trash. I also used it to deliver Where magazines on the weekends. We drove my girlfriend's car when we went out since she was ashamed of my car. I was happy when I got into the FE Division and my one account was McDonnell Douglas Automation. No work driving. I had bought my girlfriend's car by then.

Posted by: Denny at October 21, 2011 10:07 PM

Ohhhhh... advertising. I like that. Did you get the info?

Posted by: vwbug at October 22, 2011 05:38 AM

Tell the boys, as my parents did, that they're welcome to drive as fancy a car as they can afford to buy and insure. Otherwise, quityerbitchin'.

I'm with you, a car is something to get you from Point A to Point B in. Comfort, cargo area and the fact that it's paid for come WAY before any style points.

Posted by: George P at October 22, 2011 05:50 PM

Am in the middle of staff wage negotiations at work which apparently is occupying more of my subconcious than I thought as I just freaked out thinking you were saying you MAKE 190k a year but refuse to buy a new car until you are making 250k a year!!! *faints* LOL ... :)

Posted by: Shaz at October 23, 2011 09:25 PM

Shoot. I can't imagine making that kind of cash. If I made 190K, I'd be like, "A car for everyone!! Whoo hooo!"

VW- Yeah, my car is not the kind they'd want. Too old. But it was a fleeting thought. I was thinking Park Avenue BBQ and they could dress my car as a big pig!

Posted by: Bou at October 23, 2011 09:55 PM

You can tell that none of you all work in the automotive industry.

A car isn't just a car or to get from point A to point B

A car is our livelyhood and they are treated and thought of as such.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at October 24, 2011 11:38 AM