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.