If anyone ever asks you for the price of stupidity, the answer is this:
$161.24 plus tax and labor.
I'll explain how I arrived at this figure in just a little while but to fully understand the situation, we must start at the beginning.
|Not Theresa's truck, but it makes the point better.|
Anyway, instead of rushing into a new vehicle, Theresa decided to save up for something really nice and in the meantime we'd just make do with the cars we had.
The plan worked perfectly, and just last weekend, we went out car shopping.
|Smart Car, aka truck without the bed.|
Ironically, right after her truck shuffled off the mortal coil, we moved into a new house. How convenient it would've been to have a truck to help carry our belongings across town. Also, for the past year, we've been landscaping our back yard with decorative rock. We probably could've carried 20-30 bags at a time in a sturdy vehicle such as, I don't know, a Ford pickup, but we no longer had one. Do you know how many bags of rock you can carry in the trunk of a 2008 Chrysler Sebring?
To sum up, when we had a truck we didn't need it, and when we needed it we didn't have it. And now that we'd finished everything we could possibly need a truck for, Theresa decided to go a different direction.
So we looked at Jeeps. Some with four doors, some with two. Some were used and some were new. Jeeps in red and tan and blue. We think Jeeps are cool, do you?
Sorry about that, kind of got lost on Mulberry Street for a minute.
After a bit of Jeep-browsing, Theresa decided on a four-door silver Wrangler Sport with a removable roof, outstanding stereo system including XM radio, lots of bells and whistles. In fact, it was only lacking in one feature.
This particular Jeep did not have automatic locks and windows.
To most people, this wouldn't be much of a sticking point. Sure, it's a little inconvenient to actually use a key to unlock your doors, and manually rolling windows down is primitive to the point of absurdity, but still. It was a pretty cool Jeep, so you'd think these minor details could be overlooked.
And you, my friend, would be very, very wrong.
Theresa wasn't having any of it.
Theresa: Is there any way we could get the automatic windows installed?
Salesman: Sure, it usually runs an extra fifteen hundred dollars. We could build that into your deal.
Me: For five hundred, you can poke me on the shoulder and I'll roll the window down for you.
Theresa (ignoring me): Do you have any Jeeps with automatic windows and locks?
Salesman: Of course.
So we looked at some more Jeeps. None of which were even remotely close to our price range. But they did have automatic windows and locks. And leather interior, GPS systems, stuff like that.
Salesman: So we're back to the windows and locks.
Me: Theresa. This is an awesome deal. We can live with the windows and locks.
Theresa: Who's side are you on here, anyway?
Me: Yours. I want you to have the car you want.
Theresa: I don't want to feel like I'm settling, though, this is still a lot of money.
Salesman: Okay, what if I could get your locks and windows installed for this same price?
Theresa (pauses . . . looks at me . . . then back at the salesman): Then we would have a deal.
And with that, Theresa got exactly what she wanted. She deserved it.
All of which brings us back to the price of stupidity.
At our house, we have a two car garage which, up to this point, has been a one-car-and-a-whole-lot-of-other-crap garage. Not wanting to park her new Jeep in the driveway, where it could be defiled by lawn sprinklers, low-flying birds, or neighbors who have limited control of what their lawnmowers run over and send flying all the hell over the neighborhood (I'm looking at YOU, Walt from Next Door), Theresa suggested that we organize the garage to make room for both of our vehicles.
So we did.
The next morning, I started backing ever-so-slowly out of the garage. This was a dangerous task for two reasons:
1. I'm not real good at driving in reverse.
2. It was six in the morning and I was really Goddamn tired.
I carefully looked over my right shoulder, because the last thing I wanted to do was to scrape, bump, or smash the Jeep. As I inched my way backward, out of the corner of my ear I heard a loud crunch, which sounded an awful lot like a driver's side mirror getting ripped off by the door frame of a garage.
Which, coincidentally, is precisely what it was.
$161.24 is what a side view mirror for a 2008 Chrysler Sebring costs.
As I said earlier, plus tax and labor.