Monday, August 29, 2005

Rejoice with me!

Well, my dear readers, the changes have already begun. I have great news: as of this past weekend, I now drive a new vehicle! It's a silver 1997 Infiniti J30. Oh my word, I think I am in love with this car.

It was made more real to me when I started driving it, that my old car, the Ford Taurus, has been a sluggish beast for some time now but like the frog in the proverbial pot of boiling water, I hadn't noticed it, as it had crept up on me over a period of months - or possibly years. I must say that I have so appreciated the Ford, given to me as a totally free gift by my parents-in-law, and it has served me well...and I have many a good memory associated with it...In fact, I had a sharp pang of sadness as I saw it being driven away. I really was close to tears!

That having been said, I now realize how much effort it took to get that thing up hills. In fact, it was almost like I had to pull it up by a combination of physical effort and the force of my willpower. This new car, however, glides with seemingly effortless power up hills, like butter on fresh, hot corn-on-the-cob. ( An imperfect analogy, I know, because butter does not glide uphill or up-cob...) AND- it has things I have only dreamed of in a car- a sun roof, leather seats, and a CD player...AND...the crowning touch...air conditioning that WORKS!! I am TRULY grateful for this tremendous blessing...and I'm also truly grateful for a husband who decided it was time to invest in a new car for me. Because, if it were up to me, I would have probably driven the Ford until it could be driven no more...like my last car....which got me through college and then collapsed in a sad, rusty heap almost immediately after graduation. I woke up this morning, actually excited to drive to work!

The only slightly funny thing about this car is what Brad refers to as " the truncated trunk." The rear end of the car looks a little unusual. It reminds me of a combination of a receding chin and the back of an old luxury car...perhaps a Jaguar. ( I remember once when I was little, I saw an ad for a Jaguar in a magazine and my childish brain decided that I was going to be rich someday so I could buy that car.) Brad says it looks like the back end of a slug. Whatever. I love it.

10 comments:

Me said...

O Happy Day! For the new car! Yippee!

Congrats, Claire!

Loreo said...

Oh my word, Claire, what lame comments left by "Anonymous"! Happy to hear you got a wonderful new car!

CARmelo said...

Yes! Congrats...and good luck on THE MOVE...air conditioning is a must in the south...so I hear...

DJ said...

Oh man, I missed the anonymous comments. Oh well. congrats on getting the new car :) hope it lasts years and years[it should if you take it down to GA :)]

Karena said...

Claire,
Funny I used to be infatuated with Jaguars too?!
Glad to hear you read my book (from my blog).
I am VERY curous now about the aforementioned
anonymous post? Hurrah for new wheels:)

Clairepass said...
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claire said...

Haven't you ever heard that curiosity killed the cat? All those DELETED comments were from dumb spammers...quickly apprehended and brought to justice by my husband.

redsoxwinthisyear said...

I rejoice with you! I think you should start drag racing Brad, and test how much power is in your new car.

And has everyone jumped on the bandwagon of spammer protection? Why is it that I haven't gotten spam? Are my settings different than others?

Loreo said...

Can I spill the beans just a tiny bit on those comments? Hope you don't mind, Claire.... Somebody was pretending to be just a person who really liked this blog and was gonna bookmark it as one of their favorites. But then, as a "By the way," they listed a link to some product, some of which were TOO MUCH!! But in each of their "comments" they re-worded that they liked the blog and were going to definitely bookmark it. DER!!!! Good idea with the word verification bit you now have!

kadida said...

Clairee!!
Wahoo,aleuia !!
How prophetic of you.You are rich, and have a car "like that".