A few weeks ago, my 2001 Oldsmobile Alero with over 178,000 miles done quit and gave up in the middle of the road. The old girl was dead and there was no reviving her without a lot of money that wouldn’t have been well spent. I had planned to drive that car until it died, but when that actually happened, I quickly learned that that wasn’t a very good plan. I sold the car to a local junkyard and we immediately started looking for a replacement vehicle. But then Dan went to North Carolina for the weekend to visit with his cousins and aunt and uncle. And then we went backpacking in the Inyo National Forest. After much research, way too many conversations with car salesmen (always men…never women), and a few weeks’ hassle getting to and from work on trains and through the generosity of coworkers, we decided to buy a new 2013 Ford Escape.
Our new SUV meets all of our main criteria – good gas mileage with a 4-cylinder engine, plenty of room for Snoopy and a someday family, leather seats (to make cleanup from Snoopy and our someday kids much easier), and all the latest technology. The Escape has so much freakin’ technology that sometimes I forget how to turn it on (it’s a push-button start) and pulling into/out of the garage sets off every single alarm since there are sensors everywhere and a backup camera. Dan is the main driver of the new car (he was the main driver of the Alero before it died), but on weekends I can call it my own:-)
We haven’t decided what to name her yet. Any suggestions?