Saturday, May 2, 2009

Beauty and the Beast

I shouldn't be so mean to Ladybird. Really, I shouldn't. She's been a good girl.

So today, I bought her a friend. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Pearl!

She's a beauty, isn't she? I only went to look. Just look. I wasn't even sure that the car was going to be what was claimed. But it was.

And I wasn't sure I was going to get a loan at a rate I found acceptable. But I did.

And then, I didn't think that the car would be ready to come home today. But it was.

I was both excited and terrified, so it made for an interesting ride home with the mother piloting Ladybird behind me. It was horrifying to try to quickly adjust to another vehicle in an unfamiliar neighborhood, navigate traffic, AND not lose the mother.

But I did it.

This was not the day I had planned. We did make some of our planned trips --but we took the car. The new car. And enjoyed it. (You have to remember, we've been driving an 18-year-old car so we're pretty easily amused.) I had to coach the mother on using the key fob and how to unlock the door once you're in the car -- after I figured it out myself. I know this isn't a big deal for a lot of people but it doesn't happen much around here so it was quite the event.

So here they are. The Beauty and The Beast.

It's not a new car. It's a few years old. But just a few. And it has d*mn near everything in it. I do have to take it back in a week or so. The dealership is going to touch up and detail a few road dings on the body. Nothing major. This thing is amazing! I waited a long time to go into debt over a car, so I wanted it to be something I wanted. It also happened to be one car the mother and I agreed on because I absolutely refused to buy an "old people" car.

The mother and I are both enthralled. We both keep peering out the window at it. It can't be a mirage because it still hasn't disappeared from the driveway.

Now, all I can hear is the raspy voice of the gal in the car ad who asks: "When you turn your car on, does it return the favor?"

Yeah. Oh yeah.


Kay said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congrats - that's one stylin' auto!

Jayne said...

I like it!! And if I'm not mistaken, the raspy-voiced woman (Kate Walsh) in the commercial is hawking the same brand of vehicle that you now drive. Congratulations!

Why S? said...

Very nice. Mazel Tov.

Why S? said...

Question, did yu measure her for the length of lumber she can carry?

NV said...

KayO -- Thanks! I'm tres excited!

Jen -- Thanks! We're lovin' it.

Jayne -- Yes, and that's it exactly! The mother and I had this look that we would give each other every time that commercial came on. Should we ever see it again, we can just smile.

Why -- Thanks! And it's funny that you would ask that. One of the things I learned from thumbing through the owner's manual is that if I pull down the rear seat armrest, there's another little door I can open that goes straight back into the trunk! (Not that I plan to do any hauling -- that's Ladybird's job -- BUT if I HAD to, I COULD!) :-)

MonkeyGirl said...

I can't wait to meet Pearl in person! Tres beautiful!

Karen Anne said...

Wow, great :-)

I had my late Mom's 1992 Buick repainted and just got it back. I keep looking out the window at it too :-)

Here's a photo, not bad for a 16 year old car, what?

click here for photo

Mama Martha said...

Congrats! She is a beauty.

NV said...

MG -- Thanks! I can't wait for you to meet her either.

Karen Anne -- Your paint job looks great! She definitely doesn't show her age.

MM -- Thanks! We sure think she is.

Vicki said...

Woohoo! Congrats!

Vicki said...

Oh yeah, there's nothing like signing your life away that is more thrilling and terrifying at the same time :)