I did it. I bought a new car. A brand new, never driven by anyone but me (seriously), smells deliciously of new upholstery and plastic and metal and carpet, never been dented or spilled in or made out the backseat of, BRAND SPANKING NEW CAR.
It's the end of an era, really. Well, a brief era, but an era nonetheless.
I thought I might actually get a little misty about it. I mean, the Beetle was quintessential ACGIK. I am the girl with the Beetle and the Pug and the iBook and the addiction to Starbucks, Gap and Target... and reality TV. Well, I guess I'm still all of those, just minus the first one on the list. I really thought I'd cry. But the truth is, that car was hell from day one. Well, more like day three when the check engine light went on and the dealership (ahem, Mike Steven Volkswagen Stealership) refused to fix it. And then I became poor and The Ex and I broke up and I moved into a slightly ghetto apartment that apparently was once a meth lab and then I lost my job and... Well, y'all probably remember some of that.
But I digress... It was time to do a little out with the old, in with the new. And, in case you were wondering, the Beetle's A/C was fixed for a whopping $74. $74 that translated to many thousands of trade in value which basically made my new car a fantastic deal.
So I now own a 2008 Nissan Versa SL. It's adorable. I mean, really. And it has gadgets! GADGETS! I love gadgets! I have Bluetooth - In. The. Car. How effing amazing is that? I just push a button on the steering wheel and press the talk button on my Blackberry and I am talking to people over the radio. There is, however, a lot of gesturing going on from inside the car and while I am in love with this feature, I also fear that random passers-by will think I'm a crazy person.
But I digress again... Gadgets. It has this crazy smart key thing that you don't actually really use. You just, like, have it on your person. And you turn the ignition with your hand and, bam, there you go. There is XM satellite radio which means that Linda B. and I can sing along to the best of the 60's and 70's anytime we want, not just when we are in a rental car, driving back from Atlantic City. There is an auxiliary port for my iPod. And a six disc, in-dash CD changer. And a sunroof. And many airbags and safety-type items. It's fantastic. I'm in love with it. I want to hug it.
I'll take pics. It's adorable.
And now I can relax and focus on everything else in this world that doesn't have four wheels. Phew!