on april 28th , 2002, the day after i landed in la, i bought my 1998 honda. it had a manual 5 speed stick shift, manual door locks and manual roll down windows. that little car was very good to me and carried me all around the state of california, cross country, throughout nj, nyc & long island through 2 sales rep jobs and many trips inbetween – all without a problem. i still remember the day in 2006 when i made my last car payment and it was officially mine - full of small nyc dents & dings with a back seat smothered in dog hair, but continued to get me everywhere i needed to go. it was a great little car and i can’t believe i’m actually going to miss it.
goodbye my honda
although my honda serves me well, i’ve been day dreaming about a new car for a couple of years now. maybe one with a sun roof and automatic windows. leather seats would be amazing as ivan’s hair could be easily cleaned and it would be an automatic, no more shifting from 1st to 2nd and back to 1st again through the holland tunnel - and the best part of my fantasy car was the cd player.
last week while walking down 1st ave near 75th street i was returning a call from my mom. as the phone was ringing, i noticed pop had sent me a lucky penny. mom answered the phone as i was bending down to pick up the penny. she told me she was thinking of getting a new car and wanted to know if i would like the acura she currently drives. i didn’t know who to thank first - mom or pop?! a shiny new black acura for me! with a sun roof, auto trans, power windows, leather seats & a cd player!! omg. . . i have so much to do now. motor vehicles, registration, transfer insurance and sell the honda asap. i had no idea how to do that. i am told by everyone i must take the plates as soon as i hand over the title – but i can’t leave the car on the street with no plates. how does the person actually get the car home without plates? do i have to wait for them to do the whole dmv thing before i can get my new car registered? what if they’re not in as big of a rush as i am? what if they have a 9 – 5 job and cannot go to dmv before the weekend? it’s only wednesday! how does this work? this is how it works:
at 3:00 post ad on craigslist.
3:05 ask mel to reiki my ad
3:10 receive word from mel that i and my ad have been reiki-ed
3:15 take call from potential buyer requesting more pix.
3:16 take call from potential buyer #2 and agree to be available to show car in 25 minutes.
3:4o show honda to jaun (pb #2).
3:41 accept jaun’s offer and accompany him to bank of ny where he withdraws cash.
4:00 sign over title, drive with jaun to my garage on 101st st. and remove plates.
by 4:15 it’s a done deal. jaun has agreed to get the car out of my garage by saturday morning at which time i can drive right in to my garage space with this:
the giver, the givee & the gift!
thank you mom!! thank you, pop – thank you mel – thank you jaun! and thanks to dad too, because i bet it was his idea for mom to get a brand new car in the first place.
and many thanks to my reliable little honda that was always very good to me.
“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
- Leroy Paige