We knew the day was coming. We've talked about it before. Maybe even more than once.
But the reality of the situation is setting in. We simply don't have enough seats in the Suburban to seat another ark rider-or two, and try as I might, I'm just not as gifted as some of you might think. I've yet to figure out how to drive both the Suburban AND the Taurus at the same time, thus ending our vehicle dilemma.
I know, I know. If I'd only just give a little more effort...
The older ark members are
"I just hope they don't get the white one. I mean, it looks like a prison van or something."
"If they'd just let me, I'd start driving now. They can be so unreasonable."
"At least the Suburban wasn't completely uncool. I may as well start wearing shorts and black knee socks with sensible shoes."
"I like the big car!"..."Shhhh-somebody give her a lollipop to quiet her."
Regardless of the passengers' opinions, however, they will soon be riding on new wheels. The questions left for debate are two:
- 12 or 15 passenger?
- Chevy or Ford?
As for the auto maker...well, we've only owned one Chevy--the Suburban. And it's been a gem since the day we got it. Not a single bit of trouble, but again, it's the only Chevy we've ever owned. We've owned three Fords, however, and each one has had its share of---how do I put this---quirks:
- There was our 1999 Windstar (purchased new) that emanated a sound from the gas tank reminiscent of a fog horn. Waw-wah. Waw-wah. After many months of service, the moaning ceased, but other smaller problems took its place.
- We also owned a 2001 Expedition (purchased a year old). It functioned fairly well until the transmission needed to be replaced less than two years later. Okay, I admit, that could happen to any vehicle. But to have to replace the transmission AGAIN, less than two more years later. I'd like to see the odds on that one.
- And, not to be outdone by its older siblings, our 2005 Taurus went through a phase where it refused to stop running. Yes, even after the key was turned to the off position and REMOVED from the vehicle. Now, if it could have also driven itself and a few of my passengers to and from school, sports and the like, we might have been able to make that work. Unfortunately, no such luck.