I didn't own a car until about 10 years ago. I walked most places I needed to go or I took public transport.
But as the Geege and I moved further and further from the city, the public transport network got less reliable and less useful and we had to get a car.
And then, when we started our family, we had to have two cars. It was hard for a greenie like me.
One of our cars is the big family wagon. It has a sliding door (and there goes any possibility of me ever being perceived as cool), 8 seats and 4 car seats. I feel a bit like a bus driver when I get into it, but it does the job, fits lots of gear in and drives 1000kms per fill (diesel).
Our other car is a relic from my single days. My very first car. I bought it new, with my first ever bank loan. It made me feel like a grown up.
It is small and blue and has the engine the size of a lawn mower. I bought it because it had a 'cute face' and would be gentle on the environment. But after nine years of service, the little fella popped into 3rd gear last night and refused to get out. I don't know if it is the clutch or the gear box. All I can tell you is: it is not looking good.
I have many fond memories of my car and I hope that it won't have to go to the car graveyard. It will probably cost more than it is worth to get it fixed, but we will see.
I know there are more pressing issues in the world as you read this post, but if you could spare a little thought for poor Cyril the Sirion, we might just get him back on the road. Thanks.
What was the first car you ever bought? Do you still have a soft spot for it?