Contact Us

Patty’s Ponderings: Cars And The Art Of Losing Your Mind

A red Plymouth Horizon
Flickr

I bought a new car. I’ll admit the prior statement just doesn’t seem real yet. Seeing the vehicle in the parking lot here at work or in my driveway doesn’t either! It is a miracle the deal came together at all given my financial issues lately.

I never thought I’d buy a new car ever again and have been a proponent and disciple of buying used cars for a long time. And it is not only me that is shocked. My boss and friend, Scott, was amazed and pleasantly surprised by this action. We have known each other for a long time and he said he never thought he’d see me buy a new car.

The last time I did, it was a financial and emotional disaster which changed my life for decades, and not for the better. I bought a brand new  Plymouth Horizon, which instantly had major issues, none of which were ever covered by the warranty, extended or otherwise.

By the time I unloaded that car onto some poor family, who said they “loved Horizons”, it had had five distributors, numerous carburetors, alternators, computer issues, was completely electrically rewired from bumper-to-bumper, door handles that fell off at the slightest touch and the worst brake problems of any car in history! And that’s the short list! I had nightmares for years about dying in this demonic red car!

Oh the places I was stranded! Once, during a short period of unemployment, my sister Carolyn and I went to Wyoming to visit my mom and look for work. My mom was a psychiatric nursing supervisor at the State Hospital in Evanston back then.

The car was acting weird all the way there. Finally we made it to the hospital grounds and parked in front of the administration building where my mom’s office faced the parking lot. As we pulled in during a raging snowstorm, my sister said, “Don’t turn it off! What if it doesn’t start again?” But it was too late. I turned the ignition off and then quickly tried to re-start the car, but to no avail. It was dead.

I was so tired of this expensive piece of junk ruining me financially that my emotions got the best of me. I jumped out of the car, into the storm, stood on the bumper and started beating on it with a long snow scraper. I was ready to bash in the headlights, windshield and anything else I could! My sister stopped me and reminded me where we were.

Later my mom entertained us by letting me know that some of her employees watching my performance out the window, thought I was a patient checking in. “Nope, that’s my daughter!” my mom sardonically said. We were stranded in that godforsaken, end-of-the-earth, hellhole, and oil boom-town for ten days, while the local Goober Pyle opened my wallet and took the rest of what I had.

In gratitude, I will say that I became one of the most consumer savvy people I know, during that period, which is how I arrived at where I am now.

I’ve done all I can for the economy. It’s your turn now. But ask my advice first. Okay?

More Local News

Latest Entertainment News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://mix97-3.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Mix 97-3: Today's Best Mix of the 80s, 90s and Today quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Mix 97-3: Today's Best Mix of the 80s, 90s and Today quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!