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Driving a Dream

on June 30, 2013

I crossed another item off of my Promise List this weekend by purchasing what amounts to being a dream car.  Ever since I was quite young, I’ve wanted a luxury convertible.  When I first got my license, I dreamed of a Mercedes 450 convertible.  My income did not keep up with that particular dream, let me tell you.   Back in 91 I at least got a convertible — a much more affordable LeBaron.  I loved that top-down freedom.

I haven’t pursued the dream in recent years because I knew that my great size would not make for a comfortable fit in one of these cars.  Honestly, if I ever rented a car that was less than a full size, I even ran the risk of not being able to buckle the seat belt.  After my weight loss surgery I started dreaming again and put it on my promise list.   I no longer wanted a Mercedes but a few years ago, my eye was caught by a Lexus I saw in town.  Every time I saw one on the road, I thought, “Maybe someday.”

Someday rolled around yesterday.  I blogged a few weeks back about going in and test driving a vehicle (a 2010 model with low mileage)and the improved confidence I’d felt in dealing with the sales tactics.  I walked away without buying back then because they wouldn’t come down to a price I wanted to pay.  I kept an eye on the dealer’s website.  Knowing that dealerships really don’t want to keep a car on their inventory when one month rolls into a new one, I sent an email to the sales guy earlier this week to say that I saw the car was still available and to contact me if they wanted to deal.

We exchanged several email with negotiations.  They came down a lot.  I came up a little and we made a deal!

I talked about this on the previous blog and I’m happy to say that everything went according to plan.  I got back home in time to assemble and cook the baked ziti and prepare the Caesar salad.  My co-hosts came over and prepared wonderful antipasto and bruschetta and punch and decorated.  We had a great baby shower.

I have to tell you that when all of the paper work was done and I first slid into the car when it was mine, this incredible happy feeling came over me.  Investing in this car was more than a dream come true.  It was a reward for the hard work I’ve put into losing weight and getting healthy.  I earned this dream with more than the money.  I made the promise to myself and kept it — and that is a wonderful feeling.

Gotta say, I also think I look pretty good in that driver’s seat.  What do you think?


3 responses to “Driving a Dream

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mary “She” is beautiful! I wish you many wonderful “rag top” days together.

  2. Skye says:

    You were obviously born to drive this car! You look great! 🙂 And it looks like a cool car.

    Up here, there are convertibles, but it takes weather like we’ve been having lately to bring them out of their garages, so they are definitely luxury, occasional-use cars, where yours is your all-around car. One of the advantages to living in a sunny and warm climate!

    Congratulations on the new car. I hope you get to love it for years and years.

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