The list of things we need in our house is ever growing and we’re still having no luck finding a house. There are two more we’ll look at today and tomorrow.
Saturday we went to a picnic and then drove through a couple of areas looking for houses for sale.
Vince is so seriously in the dog house!
You know that I could care less what kind of car I drive, just so it’s dependable and the air conditioner works great. The Honda is 11 years old and I still think it’s dependable but the air conditioner doesn’t work great. The Highlander . . well, even though it’s more than 4 years old, Vince is not about to drive that. I feel just like many of you feel. Why keep the darned thing if we can’t use it? I’ve humored him for 4 years because my car is just a car. I don’t trash it but I also eat and drink in the car if needed, I forget to remove lots of things from the car and it doesn’t bother me one bit. I’d rather drive the 11 year old Honda than deal with Vince’s heart failure because a bag of potato chips accidentally dumped in my floor. (OK . . I cleaned that up out of the Honda yesterday!)
The pickup is 16 years old. About 4-1/2 years ago, the engine went out in it when Vince and I were almost to Joplin. Chad had to come get us and the pickup was towed back to Nevada, MO and the pickup got a whole new engine . . but once a vehicle does that to me, I have a hard time trusting it.
The Honda gets better gas mileage than does the pickup and since we live 20 miles from work, I’ve been asking Vince to take the Honda to work but if he did that and I had to go somewhere . . I’d take the Highlander and he just can’t stand to think of that happening.
Since Vince has been in Texas, the radiator in the pickup sprang a leak. He was going to get it fixed but somehow “miraculously” fixed it himself, though he still carries around a bucket of water in his truck.
Back to Saturday. We’re going to the picnic. He said “Which vehicle do you want to take?” I said “Not the Honda .. it’s too hot!” So, we took the pickup. As we were driving around looking at houses, I asked him if the temperature gauge was ok because it smelled kinda hot. It was fine!
We went through this neighborhood and that neighborhood; we went to areas around the lake. We were starting back home and saw a for sale by owner sign. We turned down the driveway which happened to be about 1/4 mile long. We got to the house and it was a small weekend type place but Vince wanted to get out and walk around. There water was completely dried up around the area so we walked out and looked at it. When we got back in the truck, it would not start! There were no other houses anywhere to be seen. My cell phone had no service. It was hotter than heck. I was thinking . . the headlines will read “Remains found of couple who died of heat exhaustion in 16 year old POS pickup while two decent vehicles sat in their driveway!”
About that time, a white extended cab pickup turned down the driveway and stopped. I said “Vince . . RUN! Don’t let them leave!” They were writing down the phone number of the house for sale and they thought we were the owners flagging them down to come see the house.
They were very nice folks just out looking for a place on the lake and they gave us a ride back to our house.
Vince waited for the pickup to cool down and then we went back over there. We could hardly even remember where we had left it. I was praying it was lost and we’d never find it.
We found it! It had cooled down and Vince put some water in it, though he said it had plenty of water, and of course, it cranked right up. He’s so sure it wasn’t out of water but just had some kind of glitch and everything is fine. That’s what I say . . don’t even take it to the shop. Keep driving it! Maybe once and for all we can get rid of the truck.
I said “You make sure I have a check from the new Texas checking account because Monday I’m going to trade the Honda in for a new pickup and you can drive anything you want but I’m getting myself a new pickup”. He knows I won’t do it. Besides, I want a Honda Ridgeline and can’t buy a Honda in Brownwood and don’t have a clue how to get to Abilene or Austin.
Seriously . . why is he driving a 16 year old pickup that has a leaking radiator? The more difficult question for me is . . Why am I riding in a 16 year old pickup that has a leaking radiator? No more! I’m so done with that pickup.