Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Driving the Behemoth

It seemed inevitable that we would eventually need one of these. No, this isn't an announcement of impending Adams #6. However, the kids we do have fill every seat in a small minivan and they keep growing bigger. The minivan keeps adding on more and more expensive problems. So every once in a while, I browsed Craigslist, just to see what was out there.

The other day I ran across an ad not far from Nashville for something I'd heard about in van legends, but wasn't really sure existed -- the mythical double side door van. So, even though it was white and looked like a cargo van. And even though we don't need it at present, I dispatched my gallant knight to take a look at it.

If you have to buy a used car, buy it from a car fanatic. This van has lived all its life in a garage. He had special options and upgraded wheels put on it. The poor van is going to go from being the prized baby to workhorse. We have no garage (that will fit it or that we use for cars, being in the backyard and unreachable by driveway) and it will go from carrying two excessively neat adults, to 5 slobby children and their not that much better parents.

It's roomy and clean and my kids are very happy with the new seating arrangements, but it is going to take some time for me to get used to driving such a huge thing. I've never driven any kind of truck before and that's exactly what this is -- a large truck.

So give me a wide berth on the road for a while, but I can drive a lot more kidlets around now.


Anonymous said...

Great photo.

Recently I saw a sign taped to the back window of a car being driven by someone alone: "Student Driver".

Or you could always pick up one of those UK "L" signs ;)

Herb of Grace said...

I learned to drive in a van exactly like this one-- except that our van is older than I am by several years. Just be thankful you can drive it on roads that are wide enough to have actual lines painted on them... We lived in the Boondocks where the roads were all "one lane bridge ahead" affairs.

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