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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Learning the features of a new vehicles

  • For a while now my vehicle had been testing my patience with bad behavior, pranks, ailments or demands for money. I warned my vehicle it was being put on notice and those types of shenanigans earned it a spot on probation.
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  • For a while now my vehicle had been testing my patience with bad behavior, pranks, ailments or demands for money. I warned my vehicle it was being put on notice and those types of shenanigans earned it a spot on probation.
     
    Not even two weeks later, like a tired and hungry toddler screaming for attention, my vehicle decided to wet its pants on the driveway.
     
    I’ll be honest; I’ve had wandering eyes for a couple of months and found myself infatuated with another vehicle–a different make and model.
     
    I believe my former vehicle became angry when it found out I was looking around for a newer model and blew a gasket. I had no other choice but to let my former vehicle go.
     
    It wasn’t a good fit anyway.
     
    After Hubby and I moved to Sleepy Eye, driving a GMC Denali on a 90-mile round trip commute to work each day didn’t make economical sense, so I inherited Hubby’s giant tank and in turn Hubby took my Chevy Impala.
    I hated driving every minute of that giant hulk. I didn’t feel that I should have been forced to drive a vehicle that just barely squeezed into our garage. And I do mean barely. Trying to park that thing for me was like trying to fit into skinny jeans that had been thrown into the dryer on high heat. It was uncomfortable to watch and a nail-biter to the end.
     
    When the tank started to give me problems, I gave Hubby the ultimatum; either a new vehicle for me to drive or I was taking the Impala back.
     
    So last week Hubby began to begrudgingly look for a different car for me–a process he found bittersweet. He loved admiring new cars and dreaming about driving them home. But it also meant saying good-bye to his baby and watching me drive around in a shiny new car each and every day while he continued to drive the Impala.
     
    When Hubby came home with a different vehicle and handed me the keys, I may or may not have hugged my new car.
    I leaned in close and inhaled deeply to savor that “new car” smell, tenderly stroking her clean leather seats.
    It has so many bells and whistles I quickly became smitten. I had no idea about all the bells and whistles that come in newer vehicles nowadays. I’ve never had bells and whistles, only rattles and squeaks.
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    Each seat is heated and cooled with individual settings. My favorite feature is a camera that displays what’s behind you when you back up and the mirrors pivot downward to reflect each rear tire.
     
    “That is a feature you definitely need,” Hubby made sure to say.
     
    I think I even read in the owner’s manual that if you’re ever late on a payment, you will materialize into the banker’s office. Not an “option” I ever want to learn more about.
     
    A couple of days after getting the new vehicle I was in a tizzy telling Hubby a story about how I was pulling out of a parking spot only to hear a honk and look in the rear view mirror to see a vehicle had materialized directly behind me.
     
    “You do know you need to look behind you when backing out and to not just rely on the back up camera, right?” Hubby asked.
     
    I was so offended at his comment that I refused to finish my story.
     
    This past weekend Hubby was itching to go for a drive in the new vehicle. Before pulling out of the garage I gave him the do’s and don’ts of driving the new vehicle, which included no driving with his knees, no texting while driving and no eating in the vehicle.
     
    “Anything else?” he asked sarcastically, “You must always remember that any time you put the vehicle in reverse you should NEVER rely solely on the backup camera,” I said pleasantly.

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