Part One: I Need A New Car.
I’ve spent the last few weeks working non-stop and when I do find time to stop I’m watching and falling asleep to old episodes of Top Gear. I’ve actually watched enough Jeremy Clarkson and friends that the voice in my head when thinking and reading things is a bit British. No, significantly so. I’m just REALLY glad I haven’t spoken with the accent yet because I’m not sure I could stop. Honestly, I’m willing to bet that if I spent even just a month in the U.K. it’d take me months to go back to an American accent.
The trouble with watching a show about all the wonderful cars in the world, and being able to drive an amazing car my — in the words of Facebook — “it’s complicated” I have come to grips with the fact that my car sucks. Now, in all reality if I fix the fact that she loses exhaust from underneath her like a dragon with a trach, buy her a new windshield, fix the tinting and stereo, new back tires and an alignment [actually next on my list], and the fact that she occasionally drops oil pressure when I’m accelerating [so much for 70mph – who knew the drive to Bellingham could feel LONGER] she really isn’t ALL that bad of a truck. BUT — she gets 19mpg. And I drive about 2700 miles a month, on average.
For a 1991 Ford Explorer to only have JUST hit 180k, its not too bad. But at 19mpg [if I can get even that] thats over 140 gallons of gas. A MONTH. At $3.60 (but I generally buy mid-grade for .10 more) I spent $504 a month on fuel alone!!