To make a five hour story short, halfway up the mountain the car overheated. And apparently unless you want to pay a million dollars, tow trucks don't serve Mt. Charleston. So we hung out for awhile, taking in the scenery, playing Words With Friends, then eventually decided since we missed the party, we might as well try to get home. Tod flipped the car around and coasted down the mountain, down the 95, and off an exit. He has skills.
We assumed we had a blown gasket or something like that. Whatever that is.
Instead, all we need is a new engine and it will only cost $5200. What a relief!
So now we face the decision: New engine or new car? Eventually we will need a bigger car so do we just buy one now? Which led to tonight's argument.
My dream. My absolute dream. Because I'm a mom and not a movie star and convenience trumps all.|
Me: Well, if we're going to get a new car, we could look into minivans.
Tod: I'm not buying a minivan.
Me: They have awesome vans now...automatic sliding doors, GPS, plenty of storage space, seats 7 - ....
Tod: I'm not buying a minivan. I don't want to see a van in my garage. It depresses me.
Me: We could park it in the driveway...
Tod: I'm not going to pay for gas in a minivan...I'm not going to insure a van and I'm not going to ride in a van.
Me: What if we take a family trip?
Tod: I'll drive in my own car behind your van.
Me: What makes you so cool that you can't have a van?
Tod: I am NOT BUYING A MINIVAN.
Me: Okay, let's pick out the car that YOU want ME to drive YOUR kids in all day long for the next ten years. That makes sense.
and so on and so forth.
What do you drive? Do you like it? Because we are sharing one car right now and I'm not sure how long I'm going to last. And if you say minivan, be prepared to hit a brick wall. Not going to happen.