In addition to all the regular stuff I do all of the time (eat, sleep, work, work out, be social, clean house, have crazy roommate, try not to go crazy myself) – I figured “self, that’s not nearly enough challenge! Let’s add something new!” But one new thing isn’t insane enough, so lets add two!
Lets try to get two of the most frustrating things in the world taken care of AT THE SAME TIME. Start dating someone new, and buy a car.
And funnily enough, they are not as different as one may initially think!
Finding a car and finding a man are equally frustrating. You’re trying to find one that’s just the right blend of flashy and reliable, that you’d feel equally comfortable showing off to your friends as your family. No rust, no dents, no trouble under the hood waiting to spring up as soon as the warranty runs out. Temptation is high to give in to the frustrations and just pick one and say “That’s it, I’m settling, you’ll do.” However in both situations that’s likely to leave you stranded at some point, waiting under a streetlamp for roadside assistance to show up.
You’d think that for someone with a degree in such things, I’d be a lot better at Communication. But you’d be wrong. It’s not that my skills in general are lacking, but if there are two things that will make me clam up and forget that I have any intelligence at all, they are cute boys and car salesmen. I always walk away from situations knowing what I should have said – yet totally didn’t because I was so tongue-tied. Being completely adorable usually works to my favour in both scenarios – however a few kisses and perhaps a light grope only helps me get my way in one of them – I’ll let you decide which.
The Terms of the Deal
I am not normally one to dally. I may take a long time to run through options before I finally choose a car or a man, but my choices are quick and dirty. I usually have a pretty strong idea of whether it’s a “yes” or a “no” by the 2nd date, or the test drive. I either want it or I don’t. I dislike leasing with the option to buy. Unfortunately, neither men nor cars are quite that easy to secure for meaningful, strife-free long-term endeavors.
As it stands right now, I’m currently in “negotiations” with both a dealership, and a guy. Thje uncertainty in both situations is totally killing me – but in the interest of “closing the deal” I’m currently trying to keep my cool and stay mellow about it all. Sometimes in life, things will just happen in their own time, and there’s not much you can do about it but cling to your favourite coping mechanism (mine’s currently Stella Artois) and hope for the best.