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Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Black Hole Named Clyde

Have you ever had car trouble?

Of course you have. We all have. I once heard it put that a car is just a necessary evil, a black hole that we throw money down until we get sick of it and buy a new black hole. Yep. That pretty much sums up the last week. :)

We have a mini-van. When we got married my wife swore we would never own a mini-van. I've heard a lot of newlyweds say similar things over the years and it seems like saying it guarantees that you'll have one.

When we purchased our mini-van three years ago Cami was actually excited. It had so much space and was WAY easier to get the kids into and out of than the Honda Civic we owned previously. She loved it so much we even named the van Clyde.

Well about a month ago Clyde started "acting up" a bit. The engine would surge as we were driving down the road. Weird. It had done it occasionally for a couple of months leading up to that but we hadn't really noticed or paid much attention to it. Now we knew we had a problem, so I took it to our mechanic, Randy.

Randy looked at it really quick. The prognosis: take it to the dealer, the transmission needs work.

Now I'm no car expert but I do know that taking your car to the dealer equates to "kiss your savings account goodbye." And I am right. Dear Clyde is currently at the dealer as I count for the final time all of those dollars that I call friend. We can pick him up tomorrow afternoon (and leave my "friends" behind). Hopefully we won't have to take Clyde to the dealer ever again.

Cars are kind of like children. You spend a lot of money that you'll never see again. Both are like black holes. The main difference is that children aren't a necessary evil. But they can BE evil sometimes...

I'm praying for you and your cars. Please pray for mine. :)

In other news, it's also my privilege to co-host the Journey's of the Zoo Bloglovin Blog Hop this week. Sarah is the author of Journey's of the Zoo, a blog about her adventures as she travels with her family and the adventures they have when they're home. It's filled with humor, great pictures, and life. Check it out!


  1. Hope Clyde has a whole lot of life left in him without costing you an arm and leg.

  2. I hear you on that! My dad has a knack for fixing cars so he's saved our family a lot of money over the years-- but yeah, cars are no investment, that's for sure!

  3. Sorry to hear about Clyde. We've had some problems with Bucephalus. Hope that you aren't out too much money.

    Thank you so much for co-hosting the BlogLovin Hop. Great working with you.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    1. Bucephalus?! That's awesome! We need to be WAY more creative with naming the next car we get. :)

  4. Many years ago, I bought a Dodge Caravan. Within a few months, we had a problem with the ignition then several other problems after that. Overall, the extra space was great, but that wasn't really helpful when we couldn't get the van out of the driveway. Within less than a year, I ditched it and scratched mini-vans off my list forever.

    1. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with mini-vans Suzanne. My family had one growing up and it was great and my family now loves Clyde. I don't think there's anything special or particularly troublesome about mini-vans (at least not more than any other vehicle). I hope you get to experience one again someday, a good one. :)

  5. Too funny! We had a black hole car that we bought used. It lasted 3 months and then we had to retire that evil :).


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