Me: Maybe we don't really need a second* car. Maybe we could get by with just one car. You work from home. It's not like we have that much overlap in car use. [I go to the gym and faire le nettoyage -- faire des courses? -- in the morning, he goes out to sing at night.]
SH: Maybe. [Eyes car ads longingly.]
As part of our new austerity program, I will be cooking over a wood fire in the back yard.
Me: It would be convenient, but is it necessary?
SH: It would mean you would have to get up really early sometimes to take me to the airport. [As if that would discourage a morning person. It is to laugh hahahahaha.]
Me: I think I am OK with getting up at 5:00 a.m. once a month to save oh $10,000 for the car and then $2,000 a year in insurance, taxes and maintenance.
SH: You'd have to pick me up.
Me: OK. And you could take a cab home for late flights.
[SH looks up cab fares from the airport to our house.]
And catching all of our food. I hear squirrel and rabbit are good this time of year. I was going to post a really cool fish photo that our friend Gary took in Athens but his photo hosting won't let me copy, so just imagine a cool fish photo.
SH: It's almost $45 to take a cab to our house!
Me: And how much do you pay for parking? Even at the cheap lot? [SH is a very conscientious employee. I had to fight to get him to expense his tips.] [Your boss] takes a car service. I think it would be OK.**
SH: Well. Maybe we could take some of the money we wouldn't be spending on a new [used] car and get the Corvair running well enough to use.
Me: My motto is that if we are going to own an expensive piece of machinery, it should be used for more than a paperweight, especially if we have to insure it.
Update: Bonnie's cool fish photo from Athens that I finally figured out how to download from Gary's photo hosting site, no thanks to zenfolio and its little oh I'll save it where I want to save it, thank you very much.
* For purposes of this discussion, we will refer to our prospective purchase as a "second" car, although really, it would be a third car, as we still have the '65 Corvair up at Bonnie and Gary's lake house -- kiss! kiss! They are very generously keeping it in their garage so we don't have to pay to store it as we did the first three years I knew SH. (Oh how that pained my shriveled black stone of a frugal heart.)
** His employer also has no overhead for SH: no rent, no phone lines, no internet, no parking. They weren't even paying his mileage to the airport until I started doing his expense reports and said, "Hey! Do you know how much cash you've been leaving on the table?!" SH was all Oh it's only $16 a trip and I'm all Hey! I can get a pedicure at the beauty school for that!
Photos of a cool 6th grade moi from the Big Factotum. Of course.