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The Terror of the Snazigator!!!!

March 23, 2007 11:11 AM

(I’m just kidding really.)

For the last couple of weeks now I’ve been getting back from lunch at noon (I leave at 11 a.m.) and there’s been this huge Lincoln Navigator parked in my spot. Now we don’t have more than a handful of assigned parking spots so this means I have to park further out. Thankfully not too much further out as I get back when others are leaving for lunch.

I can’t understand why someone would want one of those other than status. I have nothing against people that own them I just don’t understand why. I mean if you need a full-sized utility vehicle then buy one. Don’t buy a full-sized utility vehicle that looks like a luxury vehicle and costs more than you need to pay. Someone told me that the Navigator costs $60k new. $60k. That’s almost twice what my parents paid for their first house. To me that’s insane. (On top of it the thing dwarfs my extended-cab Dakota 4x4 in height and width.)

There are only about three vehicles I’d pay for than $30k for. One of them is the original HMMWV - not the Hummer or the H2/H3. (If some of those come back from Iraq and are surplused out I’ll certainly look at one of them.) And even then I’d only pay that if it were a full military model that had been refurbished. I might pay that much for one of the TDI Pingauer hard-top 6x6 trucks if they were available in the states. The third would be a maybe - a British Ferret scout car. According to a good friend in the “know” they are legal to drive on the road in the US.

I don’t think I’d be inclined to pay that much for a full-size modern truck without good reason. Even a full-sized Dodge pickup is a little pricey for my tastes although the quality of the Cummins diesel is well worth that money. I don’t mind paying for a quality vehicle but I’ll be damned if I’ll pay big dollars for a status symbol.

*turns off his cranky geek switch*

*ahem*

Sorry about that. I’m a little focused on money right now. I’ve got to spend some to get myself a good LCD monitor for my home office and maybe replace the one my daughter uses. I might see if I can’t get two LCDs and put the CRT out to pasture or give it to someone else.

I also just paid a $360 medical bill that had been sitting for a while. That hurt a bit but we can afford it at the moment. I still have to go through the final stack of bills to find out if there are any live ones left or if they’ve all been paid by now. I’m hoping I won’t find any hum-dingers in there that will kill our finances. I think my insurance finally paid up by now but they’re so slow and so screwed up I don’t know for sure.

We’re finally getting all the finances back on track. We’ve got some money saved but I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend that even if there’s an emergency. Out income is gotten to the point where I can usually come up with the money to handle things fairly quickly. And in the end I do have the money saved to deal with some of the bigger disasters but I’m going to do everything I can to not use that cash and keep accumulating it until we can afford to put $10k or better down on a house somewhere.

Been thinking a lot about houses lately too. I honestly could live in a 2 BR house or a 3 BR house as long as I had the space to put up a shed or garage to put all my computer equipment in and to putter in. Supposedly New Zealanders understand what I mean because every guy “must” have a shed there to “putter” in. ;-)

If I could get a nice 3 BR house somewhere on 1 acre or even a half-acre and put a good insulated shed up I would be happy. My wife would have her house with a front porch and a small office, my daughter would have her own room, and I would have my space to work and create. And that’s something I’ve been desperately searching for for years now.

I figure as long as I find an out-of-the-way place with water and septic and can generate my own power everything will be fine. Not sure what my wife would think about living “off-the-grid” but then again she might like it as long as I can provide internet and satellite TV. With the roll-out of DSL to more outlying areas and DirectTV coverage I’m pretty sure we’d be fine. We’d have to find some way to cover the month-to-month bills and the mortgage but a small place like this costs quite a bit less once you get far enough outside the cities. For instance my wife would never go for it but we could buy property next to my mother for about $40k and put a house and shed up on it for about $50 using unconventional materials and style and then I could commute into Minneapolis to work.

As I’ve shamelessly cribbed from Star Trek before, there are always...possibilites...




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