Comments: The Cost Effectivity of Buying a Ghillie Suit...

I'm laughing at the last one.....because it's truly a toss up! And I personally thing when the van goes you should have it "preserved". Put it in the front yard, like, oh, a gnome. ;)

And I love that you're going to get to take pictures. Although I was shopping on line for that suit for you.....

Posted by Tammi at April 3, 2012 10:13 PM

I could turn it into a big planter. That would be nothing but class! ;-)

It's funny, but when I'm on the road, I look at cars, trying to figure out what's next. I know I don't have long in this car. I suspect the transmission won't make it to 250. Every Consumer Reports, I pour over the stats for whatever car they're spotlighting. I'm constantly looking at what cars are now the most reliable and what time of gas mileage they get.

I want to hold out for just a couple more years because I think I'll be able to get something even more fuel efficient if I can just get to 2015. My car will be 11 years old and will probably have 260.

I've been looking at that little Mazda 3... with the hatchback. It seems very practical, reliable, and fuel efficient. For the first time in 16 years, I'll be purchasing a car for a solo person and not to haul a bunch of kids around. If I can get to 2015, Ringo and T will be out of the house...

Posted by Bou at April 4, 2012 05:51 AM

Too bad my brother doesn't live in town so I could introduce him to your in-laws and take them off your back a bit. Politics is his hobby and he obsesses over it like I do the critters at the zoo. I've tried for years to get him to DO something constructive, like run for office or volunteer at a candidate's office, with no luck.

Cars? I keep 'em until the wheels fall off. I consider monthly payments a waste. But you can tell you're a mom with kids and I'm single. My car is 12 years old and only has 73,000 miles on it.

Posted by George P at April 4, 2012 07:46 AM

Wouldn't trust Consumers Report with a 20 foot pole.

It has been proven that they have rigged their tests so the vehicle they want to have good results or bad results come out that way.

Huge scandal just a few years ago about that.

I would trust JD Power vehicle report results better.

Posted by Quality Weenie at April 4, 2012 09:42 AM

My jeep has 160k so far. No major problems, but I do need to replace the thermostat and flush the radiator as it has started running hot on long trips.
I had a customer a few years back, an old Jewish man. We became good friends and he would come visit me at work just to hang out as he was retired and sometimes needed something to do.
When he found out I was scots-irish he looked me in the eye and said, "you know the difference between scots and Jews? Jews will at least pay wholesale!"
As for the politics, just say your voting for Ron Paul, and they'll all stop talking to you.

Posted by K-nine at April 4, 2012 12:16 PM

We had to "salvage" the van at 17 1/2 years and 224K miles.

It decided to drool power steering fluid in the driveway.

The frame had too much rust (Great White North) to repair the rack-and-pinion and all the hoses needed replacement from encroaching rot.

Last fall the spare tire fell out from under the rear end when I slammed the rear hatch. The cable holding the spare tire up under the back of the van had rotted through.

Posted by The Thomas at April 4, 2012 01:13 PM

My mechanic told me that you can't break a Toyota. So I did the logical thing (not) and went out and bought a BMW. Don't buy a BMW. Unless you have a warehouse filled with gold bricks. Because, you may not know this...but BMW parts are made from solid gold. And the oil they burn is made of melted diamonds. Fact!

Meanwhile, my husband's Toyota is over a hundred years old and continues to run....even without regular oil changes and such. Yeah.

Posted by DogsDontPurr at April 4, 2012 04:57 PM

Take lots of wonderful pictures and protect them carefully! As a freshman, our youngest daughter was asked to a boy's junior prom and they had a great time. Years passed, she went away to college and worked around the country (theater costumer), while he got a trade. About a year ago she moved back into this area, got into a group that met for racquetball a couple of times a week. He was part of that gruop and they started dating again.

They were engaged this past weekend. :D

You just never know.

Posted by Ted at April 6, 2012 05:34 AM