As I said earlier, my car got totaled by a hailstorm and I was given a choice between giving up my car and getting a large check and keeping my car and getting a check half the size.
Upsides for both, of course. If I took the big check, I’d be able to get a much newer car with much lower mileage/wear&tear on it but go back to having a payment for the next X years versus keeping the car with which I had bonded but also which has 75,000 miles on it and looks like a golfball (and will continue to look like a golfball).
There’s an old folk saying that goes something like this: Someday you’ll be walking down a muddy road and you’ll come to a fork and not know which to take. Know this: it doesn’t matter. You’ll soon be wishing you took the other one.
While it’s true that Maribou had a slight preference for one of the two forks and, indeed, her slight preference was for the same slight preference that I happened to have, I kinda knew that, no matter which decision I made, I’d soon be wishing I had made the other. As such, I wanted insights from the best and brightest the internet had to offer to make me feel good about whatever decision I made and help prevent the “you know what? I should have taken the other fork!” feelings I imagine I’d run into around February.
The comment that pushed me into “yeah, I probably won’t regret this…” territory was Michael Cain’s:
If this year is indicative of the future for Colorado Springs, option B. When you have to make a slightly different version of the same decision again in a couple of years, at least it won’t have been a newer car that got hammered.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve dodged 3, maybe 4, hail storms that would have done this to my car. My luck was bound to run out and if it wasn’t this hail storm that did it, it’d be the next one.
So I’m keeping the car (which was not only Maribou’s slight preference, but my own as well). Now I’ve just gotta get it into the dealer for its next oil change and repairs on all of the cracked and broken stuff.
So I get to schedule that this weekend.
I also get to run in my first, sigh, “color run”. It’s a 5k, apparently. I get a t-shirt. Luckily, they have them in 3X.
The rest of the weekend will be spent recuperating from the 5k.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)