The day has finally come. No more white-knuckled driving here...we got a new car! A 2006 Honda Pilot. Joe and I have been waiting for this day to come for a damn long time.
When we first met, Joe was driving a piece of shit Cavalier that proved it's misery quite frequently. Actually, haha, he wasn't driving anything most of the time but you can ask him about that...and I was driving an Escort Hatchback which was lovingly named the "Teal Mobile". Since then, we've been through a variety of cars. Some better than others. But each one lending us the opportunity to call one of our parents to see if they could rescue us from wherever we were stranded. This was a hefty occurrence when we lived close to them. I think we used our roadside assistance like 3 times as well, all resulting in a tow to the nearest shop so they could rig something up on the fly and send us away as cheaply as possible.
We teeter-tottered with good and bad cars for awhile after that. Always being one good, one bad.
So yes. This day has been almost 7 years in the making. And I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that we have a car that's big enough for hauling stuff around. Yeah- I do have a tinge of bad taste in my mouth for going with such a large vehicle when it comes to the environment and gas efficiency, and I wish I could get rid of that thought but it will always exist. The fact of the matter is that we needed something that we could rely on when it snows (a realization that quickly set in during the blizzardy country drives to and from work), something that could pull the sweet trailer that my parents made for us, something that had factory rails on it (for canoe and kayak transportation), and something that would be awesome for my thrift and rummage addiction. And camping...muddy areas...transporting visiting friends...etc etc etc.
I should also point out that the first thought I had when driving it off the lot was "wow...this seems like it would be a great car for people with kids". Just in case you have kids and were wondering.
+Fire pit building.