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Monday, April 4, 2011

Buy Me Love

“I'll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I'll give to you
I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love”
"Can’t Buy Me Love" – The Beatles

Song stuck in your head yet? HAH! You will understand the quote shortly… and then you will think I am nuts, but whatever!

Years ago, about 1997 just after getting my driver’s license, I cashed in my savings bonds and bought myself a used Hyundai Excel ’88 (hatchback) from a friend of mine’s father. He had a body shop and fixed it up perfectly. Sadly, 10 days later a van smashed into me and tore part of my car off and bent the frame, but we brought it back to the body shop and they were able to fix it up for me. I had this car for about 3 years. We had our moments, our differences, and it was quite finicky at times… but I loved that car. When I moved out on my own, I left the car behind and it has since been sold.

Now, flash forward nearly 10 years.

Two weeks ago I posted on Facebook that it must be spring again because I was car hunting all over again. This seems to be a yearly tradition for me and one I usually fail miserably at! Within minutes she sent me a message saying she had her dad’s car for sale if I was interested. Sadly, he had passed away a few weeks earlier (I knew this before and had gone to the funeral) and she was left with a house and car to sell… a Hyundai Sonata ’02! Strange coincidence being another Hyundai! I went and took a look at it, and even though it was more than I wanted to pay it was in great shape for its age and I trust her dad kept it running well so I bought it!

So, after 10 years of not owning a car I have now had my very own car for about 48 hours and although I do not plan to use it much, I am happy I bought it. So, what’s with the song? About 15 years ago or so someone I am close to had made up a phrase to remember their license plate by and, thanks to her, I STILL remember that plate even though she hasn’t had that car in years! I even remember other plates from friends’ cars now because of this method (strange habit, I know). So… after going through a variety of “names” for my car I finally settled on “Buy Me Love”, which doubles as a way for me to remember half of my license plate as well! And yes, before you comment, I know that it is impossible to truly BUY someone’s love which is why the song title has the word “can’t” in it…. but my car doesn’t have a “C” in the plate!!!