we weren't planning on getting a new car for another six weeks or so, but the mister's car broke down on the freeway on our way to the Laker game Wednesday, so we basically had no choice. originally we were looking only at 2003's, and if you know my mister, that makes perfect sense. but something happened today...the stars aligned or he was inhabited by aliens or something...because by the end of the day we purchased a brand new, zero miles 2006 Honda Civic (Motor Trend's car of the year, which is apparently a good thing.) i had been pretty intent on getting a jetta, but we heard an abundance of negative stuff about them, so that was that. here are some pics of the new car. we got it in "galaxy grey." if you're in the area, i'd love to give you a ride! there are some cool features i haven't seen in other cars (which doesn't mean much i guess). anyways, i love it.
Pay close attention to how awesome it is that the MPH is shown on a higher display. they said something like it's only a ten degree vision adjustment to look at the spedometer, rather than having to look all the way down to the steering wheel. something about being modeled after some kind of jet. i don't know. i just think it's cool.
Now for the crisis. and i better get a zillion comments of "oh my god, i can't imagine! how horrible" and the like, because this is about as bad as it gets.
so we're at the car lot, after having been to three HORRIBLE places earlier in the day. Finally, this lot has the exact car we want. the guy grabs the keys and hands them to me. this is my fourth test drive of the day. keep in mind i have a nearly SPOTLESS record. i climb in the car, and you know how car lots are SUPER crammed, well i'm trying to make a turn to get off the lot, and i realize i don't have enough room, so i back up a little to try again. i say "i don't think i've got space" and the car lot guy says "you're fine. go ahead" so i start to turn and HIT A METAL POST, which causes the back right tire to POP, actually POP immediately, and scrapes along the side of the car. we're talking a car with zero miles, still plastic on everything, fresh off the truck. so i start crying HYSTERICALLY, having NEVER HIT ANYTHING BEFORE IN MY LIFE (save that small bump into the handrail at work, which hardly counts). It takes me over two hours to stop crying, and i'm still shaking at this moment. the car lot guy that was helping us was super great about it, but later when we were working on buying the car we ended up with, some other dude came out of the office and was like "hey, you're the one that wrecked the car!" which brought on another bout of tears. this is like my biggest fear...i even asked the mister about this very type of situation this morning. so i don't know what's going to happen. they car lot folks assure me it's no big deal to repair and so on.... but i'm horrified.
you may now leave me words of comfort and acceptance. please don't tell me if you laughed out loud. i don't want to know.