I drove it, very happily, through high school until the fall of my junior year of college, when my parents deemed it Too Old for me to be driving on rural Indiana roads late at night, and got me a 2004 Honda Civic (Let's call it New Civic), and my then-boyfriend Josh bought the Hawaii Civic. He thinks it's purple. It's something we argue about to this day.
Well, us Civic owners got married (I know a couple other Civic owners that are about to get married...!) and we had two Civics- which is great for gas mileage but not so great for carrying stuff after buying a home. Josh has always wanted a Truck, and I've always said Trucks are Impractical because they don't carry people and suck gas. In my high school days, I got 7 people in the Hawaii Civic (not exactly legally.)! I moved to and from college in my New Civic! What more do I need?
There was a couple times Josh made his case: once, when we were taking our then-baby nephew in the New Civic, and his backward-facing car seat would not fit behind either front seat, even slid all the way forward. This was troubling, and a case for a bigger vehicle in the future. The second incident was when Josh was building a bookcase, and we discovered that a standard piece of plywood would not fit in the car (I don't remember which car we had along) and we had to bungee-cord it to the roof the best we could and drive while each holding a hand out of the window to prevent it from flying up. In the winter. Without gloves. It was cold. Yet again, a case for a bigger vehicle.
So, flash forward to last week. Brother-in-law Mitch is headed off to Indiana University in the fall and will inevitably be making trips home periodically. His latest vehicle was a 1990 F150 (Let's call it The Huge Truck) that didn't exactly fit a college kid's gas budget.
At the same time, my sister, who had been driving my mom's old 2000 Toyota Camry (Let's call it the Silver Camry) moved to Chicago and decided not to have a car at all.
(I didn't take this picture. It's from cars.com)
Here's what we did:
- We traded the Hawaii Civic for the Huge Truck
- We got the Silver Camry from my parents.
- We kept the New Civic.
- Mitch ended up with Hawaii Civic. He'll get great gas mileage going to and from IU and home, giving him more time to focus on his studies because he won't have to work all the time to pay for gas for the Huge Truck (Right, Mitch? Right? Studies?)
- My sister ended up with No Car. She's going to learn to navigate the Chicago public transit system, and save thousands of dollars a year in parking costs, registration, and insurance. Way to go, sis!
- We ended up with New Civic, Silver Camry, and Huge Truck.
Three vehicles for two drivers. Not a ratio I'm thrilled about, but Huge Truck will only get driven when necessary, which shouldn't be that often. And I will never drive it. Ever. Silver Camry will be a good family car for the future, theoretical family, and New Civic will continue to be a good commuter car that has practical aspects, even if it won't hold a backwards-facing car seat.
That said, we took Huge Truck camping this weekend and it kept us dry. We couldn't have camped without it. It earned itself points on its first trip, for sure, as I was highly skeptical of it. More on the camping story later.
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