Wednesday, 17 January 2007
Yesterday was a sad day for Jonno although he was spared the final goodbye as he was at work... His beloved 1989 toyota corolla 4wd, which he has had for a good 7 years and Ant's mum owned it before that - was driven away by its new owner. I wasn't sad to see it go, and not just because it meant an enexpectedly decent sale price of $1400 but because the new owner reminded me a lot of the time me, jon, tina and timbo were trapped in a gondola in Whistler with a guy who made the 10 minute trip feel like an hour. When you are selling a car, you are sort of a captive audience to the purchaser's ramblings and in this case he rattled on and on about who he'd been snowboarding with in NZ, how to land in the half pipe, his half pipe injuries, his parking tickets in Hobart and Avoca how he's not going to pay them, his recent camping trip etc etc blah blah blah. Don't get me wrong, he was a nice guy and all but sheesh - I have things to do you know - not that he'd have known cos it was all a one way conversation.
Anyway - it was surely sad for Jonno but for me no car loss hurts for me more than the demise of my Ford Laser. (yeah - i know I've mentioned it before but it still hurts ok). I just happened to see it being towed down Epping road as I was coming home from work - it had been written off by QBE insurance (who had undervalued it by 3 k but when I appealed they got an independant assessor who righted their wrong). Anyway- the towing away was the result of it having been stolen, found by police, then stolen again before I could get to it, then due to the call of an old lady wondering what a plateless car was doing outside of her unit - found again before we left Penrith. But then after ALL that, it was written off by QBE although it was perfectly driveable but missing badges, a window and had a few dents. It DID still have its mag wheels which was satisfying as I'd had to get them replaced a few years earlier when I got up in the morning to find it had been relieved of all it's wheels while parked in the carport underneath my flat - see picture (if only I'd known about lock-nuts the first time round).. Anyway - I still can't help feeling that my first real grown-up car, which I had gotten a grown-up loan from the bank to buy and had paid it off in a grown-up sort of way, was taken from me before its time whereas I'm of the opinion that the Toyota's time was well and truly up - I guess it still is sad for jonno in the same way that letting go of the brown Cortina ("The Poo") would have been hard for Jase, and the Mazda 323 for mum, and the execultive class telstar for Belinda so I'll try and feel sorry for Jonno.