A little background in the unlikely event there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know our vehicle story. We have a “newer” vehicle, even though it’s now 4 years and has all of 18,000 miles on it, and it has a fantastic air conditioner. It will freeze you out in a heartbeat no matter how hot it is. But, Vince doesn’t want to drive it and he hyperventilates at the thought of me driving it . . anywhere . . any time. It could have something to do with the fact that there’s residue in my car from every fast food meal I’ve enjoyed while driving for the past 10 years and 2 months in my Honda. More likely, it has to do with his fear that someone will open a door and make a ding in the Highlander, or I could run over a nail and get a flat tire. Did I mention on here about the day I wasn’t sure the sunroof was closed completely and decided to squirt a water hose up there to see if it leaked? It leaked — gallons! Vince did not find that incident amusing at all!
And, we have the Honda CRV that’s 10 years, 2 months old. My plan was to drive it til it has 150,000 miles. It only has 85,000 miles now so I’m thinking I’ll be driving it for a very long time. But, the air conditioner is just horrible. Every summer for at least the past 7 years, I’ve had the car back to the Honda dealer or to our mechanic saying “Please help me! My air conditioner isn’t working!” They always check it and they say “Your air conditioner is working fine. This car has a lot of glass. It’s very hot outside.” No joke!
When the car has been sitting in the garage, it’s not so bad but when it’s been sitting out in the hot sun with the windows up . . it takes forever to cool down!
Every time I start to go to Joplin or Kansas City or anywhere, the first thing Vince says is “You’re taking the HONDA, aren’t you?” Most of the time I do because if something spills in there, it’s not a big deal. Since I drive the Honda mostly, I’m more comfortable driving it, as long as I can keep the sweat from dripping into my eyes!
So, Vince is coming home for the weekend. The heat index is going to be about 110º. I have to pick him up at the airport in Joplin. The car will be parked in the airport parking lot, then we’re going to drop off some quilts, then we’re going to eat and who knows where else we might go . . as many stops and starts as I can legitimately make. I’ll wear capri pants, a thin shirt and sandals. Vince will have on jeans, tennis shoes, socks and probably a knit t-shirt. I’m guessing he thinks I’m driving the Highlander to pick him up. My thinking is . . after we’ve gotten in and out of that car and he’s flipped the a/c over to high and realizing it just isn’t cooling down, he might be a bit more agreeable about me driving the Highlander during the summer. Think I’m correct?
Actually, when we get to Texas I’m probably going to go ahead and trade the Honda for something. I have no idea what. If we get the land we’re wanting to get, I’ll probably get a full size pickup. If we end up in the city . . well, I’ll probably be living in a jail cell if that happens and won’t need a vehicle at all! 🙂
Chad asks me, “Mom, WHY do you want a truck?” My response: I need a truck so I can take my cow to the vet! He doesn’t believe I’ll really get a cow and I’ve yet to determine if a cow has to go to the vet but if I’m going to live in Texas with 40 or 50 acres, no matter why . . I need a pickup! More important than what I get, it needs to have a good air conditioner since it’s summer at least 12-1/2 months each year! 🙂