27 September 2015

What We Did on Saturday

After the morning shopping and refueling run yesterday, we went back out and started looking for a replacement for my wife's '07 Taurus. The Taurus was reliable and never failed to start, but it has a weakness.

It doesn't like snowy, icy weather. You can see how that would be a drawback in Alaska.

Truth be told, it went in the snow just fine. But as soon as the plows had passed, and enough traffic drove on the remainder to pack it down into the consistency of a hockey rink, that car slid like a puck.

Ungood, to say the least.

So we started with car lots close to home, and gradually expanded our search. She had a very specific wish list:
  1. no black or white paint jobs
  2. domestic manufacture
  3. SUV, small to midsize
  4. 2009 to 2013 model years
  5. Preference: Ford Escape
With that in mind, we wandered ... and walked ... and perused. Drive to the next lot. Lather, rinse, repeat. Oh, and did I mention it was raining the whole time? All those sunny weekends we squandered...   :)

Then, in a lot in mid-town, there were three Escapes. One was white, but the other two were not black. The result?

Only a year old, and barely broken in.

So this morning I've been scanning through the operator's manual from the shuttle for the starship Enterprise for the Escape ... and soon it will be time to go play with it.

And just in time, too: there's an early snowstorm in the forecast for Tuesday. And you know what that means.


Guffaw in AZ said...

Good for YOU!


Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, my friend. May God bless you with a newer car, and soon!

Ed Bonderenka said...

Good for you.
Thanks for buying American(mostly).
We just replaced our 1999 Taurus with a 2015.

Keads said...


Rev. Paul said...

Ed, that was a close second on our list, too. The AWD version gets around great in the snow. And for the record, we're a Ford family. No imports for us.

Thanks, Kelly. :)

Max said...

A new addition, congrats. Car shopping is usually miserable, I'm glad you found something without too much fuss.
Everyone is predicting a big winter (who is this everyone, anyhow), we are just doing our normal stuff and will see what the mountains throw at us.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Max. We've learned which lots to avoid because of the swarm of high-pressure salesmen, so car shopping is somewhat easier now. And Alaska's been getting heavy snows in the interior already, so Tuesday could be ... interesting.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

A big congratulations to your Sweet Wife on her new car.
Now go play with it!!!!! It's always fun breaking in a new car.
I know she'll enjoy her FORD!!!!

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Sandy. She was the only one in the family without a 4x4, and now that's been remedied. :)

drjim said...

Really nice to hear how well that worked out for you.

Tell the Mrs to be careful, and scratch that shiny "new" paint!

Chickenmom said...

Congrats on the new wheels! My heart still goes pit-a-pat when I see an old Ford
Bronco II. That was the best vehicle I ever owned.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Jim. It's got a rock chip or two on the hood, but that's all. She'll be careful. :)

Thank you, Chickenmom. I understand how an old favorite can still get the blood pumping.

threecollie said...

Pretty car! Ford has all the best colors. congratulations

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Marianne. :)

Old NFO said...

I think she'll be happy with that! :-)

Rev. Paul said...

She already loves it. :)