A while back I wrote and asked the question: “You think you need a car?” My answer is yes I think do, and I also want one. I’ve owned a few cars here and one owner jeep when I first moved here. I got my first social security check in Aug. 09, and quickly realized I didn’t need it to live on. So I banked it to buy a new car this year. The beginning of January my wife and I were talking about things we wanted to do, to maintain her house and improve its looks. (She talked, and I nodded my head a lot) Last year we added tile to the wall in front of the outside of the house, and she wanted to finish the upstairs wall on the 02 level. (That’s the level above main deck) as it looks good and there is no painting required. I asked about buying the new car, and she asked what was wrong with the one I have. She also drives it and thinks it’s her car. (It just might be)
My mind hearkened back to my younger days in Boston, when my Father would broach the very same subject every two years to my Mother. My Father liked new cars, my mother, not so much. My brothers and I would bet on which excuses he would use this year, like, the engine knocks, the transmission, pings, or our favorite, we need more room. We liked that one as he always bought an Oldsmobile Delta 88, and they were always the same size in the 50’s and 60’s.
Fast forward to my house, 2010, my wife heard my sorry excuses for needing a new car and broke them down one by one. I said it’s a 1996 Honda, and that V-TEC engine is not as strong as it was, her answer was to rebuild the engine. So I pointed out that the automatic transmission she loves so much slips a bit on the way up the mountain. Again I hear, rebuild it. I then played the hole card, “the truth”; I’m tired of sitting in the same seat driving the same car year after year. “Re-upholster the seats” she said.
She went to town the following day and I sat outside under the mango tree, listened to some tunes and enjoyed an Ice cold beer, and quietly pondered my navel.
Upon her return I noticed that my car looked different, she had aftermarket headlights removed and a brand new original set installed. Here’s why, the fancy dancy, aftermarket lights looked cool but would not light up the road, when you hit high beam this blue halogen strobe light would come on. My son-in-law loved it. She also replaced the grill with one that was easier to keep clean custom type. She then told me she ordered a new stereo that would play Flash Drives (USB) to be installed the 1st of March.
Then she said, “Oh Mahal, I called the Honda dealer and they said less than P100, 000.00 to rebuild both the engine and transmission. She found an upholstering guy that will re-do the interior for about P 20,000.00 Then she asked the cost of the new car, I responded P900, 000.00. See my love, I just saved us P800, 000.00 and we can now work on the house. Since the house had a tag attached to the gate I thought, “Pretty much like a car?” The work on the house began then.
1st. job- Repave walkways on the side of the house, and 70% of the backyard with red dyed cement with a design cut into it.
2nd.Job- Rebuild the fishpond. (Added Later)
3rd. job- Rescreen the Man Cave/Dirty Kitchen. (Keeps the bugs out of the beer)
4th job- Re – sod both front and backyards with new grass. (Grass story next week)
5th. Job- Tile the upper level (The 02 level) of the outside of the house. (Again no need to ever paint again)
6th. Forget any and all discussion about my car, as it fell off the list completely.
Next week I’ll up-date on the work completed.