This post is more for those who know me and are giving me a lot of grief about not having a car. I haven't been teased so much since getting braces! In fact, I kind of feel like not getting a car now because it seems to really bug people. Right around Christmas, someone came blasting into the back of my car, hard. Car totaled, no chance of repair. Since then, Husband has been taking the bus (and claims to actually enjoy the down time) until I get another car. It's as if people are offended by this. And the Facebook messages: "Just saw your daughter at school: Does she need a ride home... I know you STILL don't have a car!" Which, of course results in comments: "You don't have a car?" "OMG, STILL?" and "Why don't you get a car already" For the record, I did consider that my kid needed a way home, but the 14 mile walk to our house is mostly smooth highway, and she knows to flag down an honest looking stranger if it's snowing.
Here's the thing: My old car was the BEST. It had a tricked out, very loud exhaust, manual transmission, and was a wagon, or "estate" if you aren't in the US. Let me emphasize: I don't care if it's dorky to love a wagon. It got 32 mpg on a good day! I could punch it on the highway and double clutch it out on twisting, empty back roads near the knitting store. Potholes near the studio, no problemo. Ikea run - tons of room in the back. But now, I can't seem to find anything bigger than a Mini Cooper that comes with a stick shift, never mind AWD. With the grace level in our family, SUV's are asking for trouble. They don't sell the Citroen C5, Ford Mondeo wagon or the Mazda 6 (with it's super cool shark fin) in the US. I'm thinking that the picture above might be just about my speed. Kids will be punching each other in the tiny backseat but at least we'll look super cute and I'll get my 3 pedals. It's funny: Looking back, you can see that in 2010 I had the same issues. Reading that old post makes me think I should wait until we're in Ireland this summer and bring home a Mazda 6 on the boat. First World problems, eh?