One of the other blessings that that by some grace of god, both my dad and The Boy think that horses (and specifically Pia) are totally reasonable things to spend money on. Growing up I never had the fanciest, or the newest anything (uhhh 1970 King
Thankfully, The Boy seems to have a similar attitude (though he's a bit more lenient on the fancy part..both my trailer and current saddle are a far cry from the starter version). I appreciate the fact that P's cost of living will be coming out of our "communal" checking account (as opposed to my "fun money") which is something I thank him profusely for.
Of course both of them are constantly worried about my safety... Which is usually a charming thing...
Sometimes it's an irritating thing (air vest anyone?)..
But right now its a GLORIOUS thing.
Why? because I'm pretty sure it means that we get a brand new, fancy pants, totally lovely TRUCK.
In keeping in true fatherly fashion, the only "downside" to my betrothment is that The Boy comes with a car that dad considers to be a total death trap. In reality, it's not. It has a nice safety rating, but it's near impossible for him to consider the thing anything but a glorified golf cart, which I suppose I can't blame him for.
|The current wheels mid road trip up the coast in '09|
Given the fact that The Boy runs one of our service departments from 8-5, he drives a significantly different vehicle - namely a pretty fantastic Dodge 5500.
The 5500 was bought to tow things significantly more substantial than my little aluminum bumper pull, but it does the job just fine. The only downside is that the chassis cab on the truck is outfitted with a HUGE 12 ft bed, boxes and a crane (??). All helpful on job sites I suppose, but a little unwieldy for everyday driving and unnecessarily long when trying to parallel park the rig (or even pull into a parking spot in order to stop for lunch).
Dad (the clever man he is), realized that the quickest way to extract The Boy from his dinky little personal vehicle was to
a) offer him a company truck and
b) make sure that the company truck was one I'd be drooling over and could replace the 5500 as my weekend hauling vehicle.
The brilliance of this plan is undeniable. Since the mention of the option, I've managed to get the funds approved, adjust P&L's, figure out what size truck (3500) makes sense for being small enough to daily use but large enough to still be useful at work.. and BLAMO. New Wheels.
Oh, and the sun's out. So that makes for a pretty decent Friday.
Any die hard Dodge or Ford fans out there? I've always had Dodge trucks, but I'm not opposed to the F-350... pros cons?