Monday, August 1, 2022

The Grey Lady Drives Off Into The Sunset


It seems like only yesterday I drove her home, overjoyed to have a truck for the first time since 1989. Everything is a little easier with a truck! Art fairs, yardwork, dump runs, snagging free furniture left by the side of the road. But sadly the Grey Lady has been diagnosed with terminal frame rust, & she will not pass her next inspection. 

But I'm not doing artfairs anymore - probably? - & roadside furniture finds always smell funny; & I don't know if we can find a bargain like we got with the Grey Lady. It's a tough time to buy any used vehicle, especially a truck, since demand for used vehicles has never been higher, in part due to a dearth of new ones - that's that whole chip shortage you've been reading about. 

Anyway, we are, in a way, lucky: we have a PT Cruiser that I will continue to drive to class, & the Grey Lady herself is not immediately out of commission, so we have a few weeks to find a replacement. I'd love to get another small pick up, but it may not be in the cards. So, local readers, if you hear of a good deal on a used truck - or, heck, a good deal on any vehicle - give me a shout! It takes a village.

On a completely unrelated topic, anyody wanna buy pottery? 😄


smartcat said...

Sympathies. It's oddly strange that we become so attached to our vehicles, giving them names and personalities. Body rust is so awful because the motor may still be fine.
I drove Red Rabbit (Toyota 4Runner) until it quite literally fell apart. Really upset me to lose her. even though she had well over 300,000 miles and was more than old enough to drink.
Toes crossed you find a vehicle that will serve you as well.

Lori Watts said...

Thanks! I have a line on a couple right now...the sticking point is convincing Doug that they prices are reasonable. It's been a long time since he purchased a vehicle, & he's experiencing some sticker shock.