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Friday, August 19, 2005

Vote while there's still time ...

Yes, while the polls have closed on where you like to be at five o'clock, there's still a chance to vote on what car the World's Cutest and Most Intelligent Kid gets. Right now, it's a tie between my '96 Cavalier and his great-aunt's '89 Volvo, but the mid-'70s Oldsmobile is only one vote back.

The Cavalier and the Volvo have the safety advantage of airbags, plus they have both been well maintained, so they're more likely to be reliable. The Olds is likely to keep WCMIK out of trouble because he will have to spend more time keeping it running than driving it -- which may be just as well, given that it gets about 11 mpg, and is therefore going to be expensive to run at today's gas prices (premium plus an additive to make up for the lead that's not in today's gas but that the Olds needs). He wouldn't be able to tote his string bass around in the Cavalier, and he would be able to do so in the Volvo only if he stuck the neck out the sunroof (not advisable given how much the bass cost). Another disadvantage to the Volvo is that we'd have to talk Auntie into driving it back to Albuquerque (she's moved to California) and parting with it in exchange for the down payment on a new Volvo. Auntie loves her car, so I don't know how easy that would be.

Or you could still consider the other cars up for election: a new Camaro or Mustang (put terror into the hearts of the parents and grandparents), the 2000 Expedition (can haul the string bass, a cello, plus a bunch of construction materials all at the same time, while also towing a 25-foot sailboat and going over rough roads in 4-wheel-drive, and so what if he crushes the occasional Yugo while driving around?), or the '82 Lincoln Town car (can you say "art car waiting to happen"?).

If you haven't voted, do so. If you have voted, do so again -- this is Rio Arriba County, after all.


Anonymous Mom said...

Does the Volvo have airbags? The '89 Cherokee doesn't. Also, I don't remember a moon roof. And I'm sure that Dorothy won't part with it until it dies.

Fri Aug 19, 06:42:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Pat said...

I think the whole idea of the poll is that it's not to be taken too awfully seriously.

Fri Aug 19, 11:54:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Yes, the Volvo has airbags -- Volvo put them in long before the government required them. But I do agree that it would be nearly impossible to get Dorothy to part with that car.

Sat Aug 20, 12:19:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Pat said...

Of course the poll doesn't necessarily reflect the reality of what Gerald's driving/car owning situation might or might not be in a year or so... much depends of his level of responsibility, our finances, et cetera muchisima cetera.

Mon Aug 22, 11:28:00 AM MDT  

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