At least we won’t end up living in a trailer


I’m coming out of the closet: two weeks ago we sold my car — my beloved ’99 Toyota 4Runner that I got, brand-new, with only 8 miles on it, from the dealership.

Now, it’s true, I’ve been wanting a car with more room in it, that can carry more people. But I would be lying if I said the only reason we got rid of it was to buy something larger. No, the real reason we sold it is because we needed the money. 4Runners have a high resale value, even for one with lots of miles like ours had, and the money we got for it went a long way and did lots of good. The sudden rash of Paul McCartney ticket purchases? Yeah — financed by our car sale. As were our plane tickets to California. Oh, yes, and the little matter of our house payment and all the other things we were behind on.
So what this boils down to is that we are now a one-car family. And our one car consists of a miserable hunk of junk that masquerades as a Cadillac. The CD player doesn’t work, the interior is trashed, the button you hold down to shift out of park is missing, it leaks both radiator AND power steering fluid, the front end needs major work, the paint is peeling off the roof, it’s missing a decorative side panel…oh, the list goes on and on. After we’d all piled into the Joad-mobile the other day I turned to Robert and said, “This does it. We are now, officially, po’ white trash.” It’s not just owning a junky car that does it. It’s the junky car being your one and only mode of transportation for a family of four because you had to sell your nice car to pay bills. That’s just one short step away from call-a-ride and visits to the pawn shop, if you ask me.
However, there is a ray of hope on the horizon. Robert will soon be starting various new enterprises that will begin to raise our income. Nothing substantial, but enough to take care of those little niggling things, like the mortgage, that banks get so fussy about. And, allegedly, this single-car business is only temporary. Upon my return from California we intend to go car shopping. There are some things which may or may not happen that will affect the quality of the automobile I end up with. But, either way, I should once again have transportation by the end of July.
In the meantime we will just get along with what we’ve got. There’s only another week-and-a-half until we leave for California, anyway. And, you know, like I told Robert, it could always be worse. We could be driving our junker car, both smoking (with the windows rolled up) while the kids crawled around the backseat, unrestrained. At least we still have some standards.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

4 responses

  1. Hope things look up for you. It is weird that I am jealous that you only have one car? I wish we could manage that because having two car payments annoys the crap out of me.

  2. Hey hun I am right there with ya on the one car thing…Just imagine, I have done the 1 car thing for over 2 years now *shudder* I know its too awful to think about. However, I think that at the end of the summer we will be back up to two. I am glad that it sold so quickly for you!