our truck died a couple of weeks ago. it had been acting up, and D had told me he thought it needed some work, then one night on his way home, he stopped to buy some beer and the truck wouldn't start. we called a tow truck, and now big red is sitting in our driveway, looking forlorn. we think it might be the starter, it also might have something to do with the electrical system (there was talk at one time of some sort of chip or another being hinky). in any case, we're down to one car.
which in and of itself hasn't been a bad thing. the weather has been lovely, D doesn't mind the two mile walk to work, and we do live quite close to a bus stop so he uses that sometimes too. a few afternoons we get off at the same time, and so he walks to work, and then i pick him up. saturdays i don't work, so he uses the car that day. we've got a little system worked out, and so far there haven't been any major complaints. we'd like to get the truck fixed (it's really nice to have a huge truck for some things), but i have a feeling we won't look into seriously until the fall. right now we're busy trying to pay off a ridiculous medical bill that took us by surprise and save up enough for the property taxes due in october. there isn't a whole lot left over right now for fixing the truck, which is unfortunate, but true. this is one of those times when having an emergency credit card might come in handy, but if there is one thing i do not want right now, it's any kind of credit card.
being down to one car also means we're spending less. while one of us is out using the car, working, the other one can't be out shopping. ha!