Saturday, October 10, 2009

Three's a Crowd

If you are lucky enough to live in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, your vehicle of choice must pass this little test we endearingly call Emissions before you can renew your car tag.

No pass, no tag.

What a great way to cut down on the air pollution in Atlanta

(insert a picture of all Atlantains laughing their faces off)

September was our month for renewal. For some reason, Georgia thinks people want to have to worry about renewing their tags the same month as their birthday. Not exactly a very nice way to say Happy Birthday.

Now, Martha, well, she passed her test with flying colors. As if there was ever a doubt about that. She is so studious. Naturally, she takes after me.

But Ole Blue, he chooses to take after his driver, Donny, and failed the test.



Three times, not so much a charm.

At this point Donny is wishing he had chosen to do better in school.

He tried everything he knew to do to get the old guy up to snuff. But it just wasn't working.

So, break out the wallet. Time to pay someone to fix him up.

Funny thing, $400 in repairs later, still no pass.

And remember, No pass, no tag.

Anyone ever heard the stories of Donny's luck?

Not exactly the kind of guy who should be driving around with an expired tag, polluted the air and destroying the ozone layer directly above all of Coweta County.

Mechanic says Ole Blue needs his engine rebuilt.

Umm, yes, sir, but seeing as how that would cost more than he is worth, what other options do we have?

You see, Ole Blue is a 1992 Toyota 4x4 Pickup Truck. We scored this lucky guy seven years ago from our neighbor back in Memphis for a whopping $2850. At the time, we had no idea just how good of a deal we were getting. It was good.


Now over the years, Ole Blue has given Donny a few fits. He has a tendency to get a little hot under the collar. He won't let you open the driver's door from the outside, he has left Donny stranded on more than one occasion, and if you like to vibrate, then take a ride in this old boy. Your booty will thank you later!

But all in all, he has served his purpose, and it is safe to say we got our money's worth out of him.

We came real close, real close indeed, to trading him back over the summer as a "Cash for Clunker". But the thought of them destroying Ole Blue, a perfectly fine truck, just about broke my heart, and we just couldn't bring ourselves to do it.

But now, things are little different.

Remember, No pass, no tag.

So, a choice had to made. A new car must be purchased. Which began the great debate of 2009. I'll spare you details, but let's just say that my husband should know better by now than to ever try to have his own opinion, because mine is really the only one that matters, and what I say goes, pretty much. Especially because I am always right, and like we have already established, the much smarter one of the two of us.

So, without further adew, I introduce you to Suzie, short for Suzanne, the new lady in our family.

Suzanne is a 2008 Suzuki XL7. Fully loaded, family friendly, and ready to go! That little girl, that is Madilyn. We had to pay extra to keep her.

Now Martha is having a hard time accepting this young lady into the family. No doubt it hurt her feelings when all three kids wanted to ride home in Suzie instead of her. Some thanks she gets for providing years and years of safe, comfortable, reliable and entertaining transportation for them. But the real slap in the face came when she got home, and found Suzie parked in her place in the garage, while she was left out to fend for herself against the elements of Mother Nature in the driveway.

Poor old gal. My heart goes out to her. And she didn't even do anything wrong. If she could have, I'm sure she would have liked to kick Ole Blue right in the face and say, "This is all your fault, you old piece of junk. Way to be a failure!"

So, there they sit, together in the driveway, both of them, while Suzie lives it up the garage.

And, as is typical of the irony that fills our life, Ole Blue got tested one more time, and he passed. So, the old boy gets another shot at life. Hopefully, he will make the most of it, because I have a feeling it will be short-lived.

1 comment:

teamw said...

uhhh...he passed huh? how ironic is that! well you could always try to sell him and get something from him.

love the new car!!