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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tentative Van Decision



I picked up the van and my mechanic and I went over its issues. In the short term, it's safe to use. He pointed out something that could become a problem down the road. Rather than take a chance that the bad thing happens when I'm two thousand miles from home, I'll probably put it up for sale this summer.

Before I do, I've got a lot of hauling to do. I've a utility trailer full of junk that needs to go to the transfer station. A friend has offered me about three cord of oak firewood for cost of taking it away. I'd also like to make a trip to the lumber yard and pick up materials for some building projects. Once those projects are done, I could let the van go.

We've had it for seven years. Considering it was ten years old when we got it, that's not too bad. Heck, I could drive a new car into the ground in seven years, never mind a used vehicle.

Since we've been back I've been putting in some long days. In fact, I don't think I'm getting enough sleep. There's no excuse for that. After all, I'm supposed to be retired. Really don't know when I found time to go to work.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. LOL - Most folks I know are busier in their retirement than before.

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    1. At least I'm working for myself. I've got to learn to be a better boss.

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    2. when I had a store I told everyone my boss (me) was an ass. The ladies that worked for me said I wasn't that bad. I told them the boss was sexist and treated them better.

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  2. 17 years is a good life span, especially for a vehicle hauling materials. My pick-up is a 2000 with 182,000 on the odometer. I hope to get at least a quarter million on it before I have to sell it - its been reliable so far.

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    1. It doesn't really owe me anything. I've gotten good service out of it and had a lot of fun.

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  3. Hopefully you'll be able to find another vehicle to serve you as well as the van. Before I put a new engine in it my old van had almost 300,000 miles on it. I hope to take my truck beyond that.

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    1. The engine still purrs like a kitten. A big throaty kitten. We are kicking around different ideas. At least we still have my wife's car, so we aren't stranded.

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  4. Good luck when you go to sell the van. Just be prepared to be insulted if you post on social media sites. I have told several to go do physically impossible acts because of insulting offers. Yes retirement is the most work I have ever had to do .

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    1. I'm not much of a salesman, but I've got rhino skin so words aren't going to bother me much.

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  5. Sometimes it is hard to get rid of an old vehicle that you have driven for many years. They are like an old friend. . .

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    1. Yeah, it's not easy. However, at some point hard decisions have to be made.

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