I mentioned a few weeks ago that I recently sold my beloved 1973 Volkswagen Beetle, much to the delight of my parents who had been host to the poor little car for the past several years. Even though my Beetle had no heater, had wonky door handles, and absolutely no safety features, I still loved the little guy. I simply didn’t have the money or know-how to get the car fixed up and running properly.

Fast forward to this week, in which as I was driving home from work I noticed an older model VW Beetle (baby blue color) sitting sadly alongside the road with a “For Sale” sign posted on its windshield and passenger side window. Also written on the window was the price $1,500. I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about pulling over and giving the Bug a once over, just to see what condition it was in. If I happened to remember the phone number, so be it.

Every day as I’m driving home from work I pass this car, and fight the urge to check it out. My rational brain is telling me to just look away, but my heart tells me to give it a shot.

Am I crazy? Yeah a little bit. Am I going to buy the car? No, because there would be a long line of people waiting to kill me if I did, starting with my parents. Plus, even though I may have $1500 available in savings, I can’t really afford to take on a project car let alone another car on the car insurance. It would be cool, though.

How about all of you?  Is there anything out there that you know would be a dumb purchase, but you can’t help but consider it?

7 thoughts on “Temptation

  1. i have too much junk in my apt. honestly, i keep on telling myself, “it would be useful one day.” but it just sits there. the other day, i was at target and i decided to buy the simpsons on DVD; i bough 3 seasons at $20 each. honestly, it was on sale, but realistically, I don’t watch them enough to justify it. to make matters even worse, i’m getting laid off so I don’t have money to throw around. but the icing on the cake has to be me eyeing things at my school. what can i take as a souvenir? whatever i eye, i know it will be just sitting w/ the rest of the junk in my apt. bugger!

  2. phampants – I used to be like you with DVDs, but now I just don’t have time to watch movies anymore. Plus, it’s just another way for us to waste our money. I think the 85 different versions of the Star Wars movies drove this home for me.

    maggini-in-tweed – Welcome, and now problem with the advice. Good luck with your writing.

  3. Every time I go into a bookshop I want to buy loads of books, which is bad considering I have so many waiting for me to read. I’m in a mindset now where I know I can’t spend anything, because I’m not earning, and normally money doesn’t mean that much to me, but every now and again I think: “I wish I could go on a shopping spree!” I would be tempted by the car too, it’s like it’s waiting for you!

  4. Helen – Let’s not even talk about books. I am constantly thinking about books I want to buy. That is a huge temptation for me. Sometimes I forget I can only read one at a time. The used books listings on amazon are what keep me out of the poor house. 🙂

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