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Monday, February 20, 2006

Black Beauty

We've had a turning-point event at 1902 Victorian. An event that will change the way we work on our house - what we can do and how fast we can do it. An event that will affect our lives and our finances for a long time to come.

Darwin bought a truck.

It's a black 2002 Ford Ranger with 29,000 miles. Darwin is a Ford man; as anyone from Alabama knows, a man must swear allegiance to one American-made vehicle brand at birth and never veer from his chosen course.

Darwin did swerve a bit 18 months ago. Before we moved to this house and this commute, he traded in his gas-guzzling Ford F150 for a compact Mazda car. We thought this was a fabulous idea at the time, since Darwin has a 1988 Ranger that's been his ongoing project (besides the house) for the past four years. We thought he might finish up that truck one day this century, and we'd have a truck. Ha. Silly, naive fools!

Finally, we decided we couldn't live without a truck any longer. Without one, we had to rely upon the kindness of strangers (or our beleaguered friends) to transport auction purchases, cast iron bathtubs and the like.

Now, we can transport the cement backerboard to tile the kitchen countertops, wood to build a corner hutch in the kitchen, the TV to the repair shop, insulation for under the house, and about a million other projects put on hold around here because of this very reason.

The truck will also help us financially because, though it has less miles than Darwin's 2004 car (yeah, that commute puts a lot of miles on 'em), it is considerably cheaper and will eliminate a car payment. Also, since it's a little truck, the gas mileage is only slightly worse than the car's.

So this is an exciting development. This means no more excuses!

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Greg said...

A pick-up is indispensable for the old house owner. I still can't figure out how Jocelyn and Steve over at Chicago Two-Flat do it with no vehicle at all! I think all the time about selling The Beast and getting something different but I just never seem to get around to it. Selling and buying a car is a pain.

3:06 PM  
mindy said...

Yay! Teague's truck was definitely a worthwhile purchase, despite how much gas it eats every week. Not having to think twice about what you're shopping for at the hardware store is awesome! And, not driving down the road with lumber sticking out both sides of your car is probably much safer.......

4:30 PM  
Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know that I love your old house and all your plans. We also live in an old house (1910 foursquare) and there's nothing I like talking about more! We're currently working on our attic and we're having a great 'ol time. :o) You're welcome to drop by and have a look if you'd like. Keep up the good work!

6:33 PM  
amanda said...

The new truck is a great addition to home improvement. Aaron bought a 1988 Range Rover for this purpose in August, but it STILL has not passed Maryland inspection, so we're still at the mercy of our friends and their Toyota trucks (we should have bought something a little more reliable than a Rover). I know all about that 4 year project truck! Congratulations

7:08 PM  
Lenise said...

I come from a Ford family myself. Maybe rust-belt Ohio isn't THAT different culturally from Alabama ;) Yay, Ford!

(My dad bought a Ranger a few years back, but my younger brother seems to have hijacked it, much to Dad's dismay.)

9:15 AM  
Beth said...

Merideth is going to be sooooo jealous!

1:15 PM  

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