November 16, 2012

Amelia Badelia

Bonus for me... a radiator hose had a small leak. Bing Bing! I keep the car.

Seriously, this is the way I look at it... I'm still in the family way and the next car I buy... is not going to be a family car. It's going to be something much smaller, that is probably a 5 speed, and red. It's going to be crazy reliable, one I can drive to 250K if I want and it's going to get 40 mpg. Maybe a diesel.

But I can't do all that with kids. So I MUST get this one to last through the last two boys so I can forgo buying another family car.

Bonus as well... he says I can get this car to 300K with my eyes closed... but he said I may have to have transmission work to get it there. That's the issue.

Next week, he replaces the driver's side window, does some normal maintenance for me, and I get new rear brakes. I think I should be good for another 50K without issue.... just normal tire rotation and oil change.

He figured out pretty early on what profession I was probably in. I think the detailed list of what I needed, as well as the itemization of what I'd had done, the mileage and year it was done off the top of my head, kind of gave it away. I'm sure he could gage from there my interest level, so it was always a very detailed technical conversation.

Finding a new mechanic off the cuff that you trust is always a bonus. My regular mechanic was evidently too busy to see me. I got lucky.

Meanwhile... oddities, it is a strange sensation when you open the news and read something of relevance to our military and then think, "OK, he gets a bye for not calling me back..." Crazy stuff. Certain people aren't taking time off this weekend.

That would not be me. (Bonus of working a part already on fire... we're not a safety issue.)

I am actually not in town. It is my 21st Anniversary today. On a lark, I asked me husband if we could take the kids north to Amelia Island. I have a grave marking to attend for a Revolutionary War Patriot locally and thought it would be cool, a life experience, for the boys to attend. We've made a weekend of it, not sure how many more family weekends we have... weekends with just the five of us without intrusion.

So that's where we are.

And we took my husband's car. No need to put that extra 85,000 miles on faster than I have to...

Posted by Boudicca at November 16, 2012 11:25 PM

" 300K with your eyes closed!!" Ummmm, interesting thought I hope you don't explore! Unless one of the boys is driving, of course!

Happy Anniversary! Spending it with the boys...see, I knew I liked you from the start. It's all about family!

I read yesterday's post to my significant other/hubby/love o'my life (yeah, it's complicated) and he said, "Oh, that's one I want to read more often." You now have another follower.

Posted by: Peggy K at November 17, 2012 07:23 AM

Still in the "family way?" Holy crap, doesn't that mean you're pregnant? ;)

Posted by: Erica at November 17, 2012 01:09 PM

Happiest of Anniversaries to you!!!

Posted by: Kris, in New England at November 17, 2012 01:10 PM

Happy Anniversary!! And great news about the car!

Posted by: pam at November 17, 2012 02:08 PM

Thank you to all of you!

Erica- Well, yeah, but I'm not. Thank God. I don't know if I've ever posted on the 'Running of the Rope...'

Something happened after Bones was born. We just knew we had been blessed enough. Three was enough. I think he was about a year old and I said to my husband, "If I get pregnant again, you're going to find me hanging in the shower..." to which my husband replied, "Not if you don't find me hanging in the garage first..."

So I've named it, 'The Running of the Rope'.

It's cold up here in this part of the State. But it's crazy. This condo we have, is right on the frickin' beach. I guess we got a good deal because nobody actually stays here in November. All night long I could hear the ocean. It was crazy.

Posted by: Bou at November 17, 2012 04:20 PM

Being as detailed as you are about your car, I would say a transmission should not be the breaking point with this thing. Yes, it's on the expensive side, but not like something requiring a brand new engine. Seriously, figure out what it would cost to buy something else and what your monthly payments would be. Then anything less than that per year is doable. An automatic tranny in your minivan may be even less than $2K if you ever have to do it.

I had to get the transmission in my Audi A4 replaced... it's a manual! The bearings went bad or something. But I love this little car and I'd like to keep it a while longer. I only have 136K on it. So unless there's a really compellingly bad problem, we just keep fixing it. It still drives great and I love it.

Happy Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: Teresa at November 17, 2012 06:38 PM

That's what the mech said. He said if it comes down to it, he can probably get me a new transmission for a couple thousand. I just need the car to last three more years. I have to get Bones driving. So if that means we have to spend a some cash to eek us through, I will.

I absolutely do not want another family car. In my spare time, I sometimes search through various dealerships to see what they have on the market. There are some really fun little cars out there right now...

Posted by: Bou at November 17, 2012 08:06 PM


Amelia Island!

Her Bouness is only 20 miles away!

Can you see me waving to you?

Posted by: yak at November 18, 2012 01:45 AM

Happy Belated Anniversary. Been busy with my mom and forgot!

Posted by: vwbug at November 18, 2012 05:45 AM

Do what I plan to do starting January. Find out exactly how much payments would be on the new car you want, then every month put that amount in a savings account. If you miss a payment, big deal, but when your van dies, you have a good down payment.

Posted by: K-nine at November 18, 2012 11:57 AM

We used to go to Amelia Island for Easter when my dad was stationed in Brunswick. But enjoy your family'll be scattered before you know it.

And we have so loved getting our's a well-deserved 'adult' reward.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 18, 2012 05:15 PM