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Car fetishes and relationship trades...

Posted Jul 01 2008 4:11pm
I have been thinking about cars today. How many I have had through the years. I am oh, so fickle when it comes to them.



Let’s see… when I turned 16 I got a Grand Am turbo, limited edition. It had a relationship with the gas pump like a redneck has with a 12 pack. I say redneck in a very loving manner…



It also gave me the gift of three speeding tickets in the first year of having it. Listen to me; blaming my poor Grand Am for my lack of discipline when it comes to speed.



Then I traded my Grand Am in for a brand new Honda Civic. My reasoning for that was I wanted better gas and less payment. So I said…



No, actually I am getting confused! I traded the Grand Am for the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Red! Fully loaded… 5 speed. Ahhhh!! I remember driving to the beach in that little fun ride.



Then I traded the Eclipse for the Civic… the reasoning I gave to my father was the gas and payment; when that didn’t work I remember playing the “it’s too small and not safe” card. That one prevailed!



Did I mention this was in a three year period? Three years, three cars.



Then I traded the Civic in for a Nissan Altima. I thought to myself I wanted a more mature car…



mature for a 19 year old at least. I kept that car for at least over a year! A record for me…



I traded the Altima in for a Cavalier convertible. I was living on the beach in Daytona and wanted a car to match. I then traded that in for a Mustang. Think I kept the mustang for about 6 months. Until, I traded that in for an Audi A4… Then a Toyota Camry…



Then an Audi A6 4.2 (my personal favorite)… although way too much of a car to not get in trouble with… so I traded that in for another Audi A4…



Until the present… where I drive a humble Chevy HHR…



Whew!!!! That is a lot of cars. My mother and father’s heads are still spinning from it all. But my father didn’t really set the best example for me. He was a faithful Cadillac man; traded it in every two years on the dot for a new one.



Then I started thinking about my men. Thank goodness I am not as fickle with my men as I am my cars. I think the car vice is a more healthy one if you’re going to have a vice at all.



But I did think of how I have never been a “dater.” I have always been in long term relationships; and the times in between? Sometimes I go years alone; without dating. It is just recently, this year, where I started trying to be more casual. I mean, I told myself I have to try it once in my life.



But I can already sense it is not for me. Not how I am made.



One thing I did notice is the longest relationship I have been in was a little over 4 years. That was four years of living together. Every other long term relationship seemed to have a two and a half year limit.



I remember questioning myself of whether I am a two and a half year girl. Like my dad’s Cadillac’s? That was before my last relationship, the four year one…



Sounds callous to compare relationships to cars? I know …. But I had to write about something today!



The moral to this little story is we are all made so very differently. There are people out there who purchase a car and keep it forever. Cherish it forever. Notice the other, newer cars around them but are completely content with what they have. As long as it is still running, well, they are still going to drive it. Then there are those who get the new car itch every couple of years.



I wonder, in the single life/dating scene… if the car comparison applies…



In the world we now live in, how many of us have become the perpetual relationship traders?



Just a thought…



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