Sunday, March 6, 2011

"no snow so far. food supplies low"

Tonight as I turned out the fridge looking for something resembling a fruit or vegetable to serve as a side to our standard roast and potatoes Sunday dinner, I felt like Hobbes when Calvin seceded from his family to run away to the Yukon.



Last Wednesday I planned to go to the grocery store.

While quickly pulling our car out of the side garage and around to the front, I someone managed to leave my driver's side door open. Apparently car doors and garage door railings don't get along very well. Instead of going to the grocery store, I went to the body shop, holding my door closed the whole way because its bent shape wouldn't allow it to latch.

Our car should be ready tomorrow. I managed to bum a ride for a quick grocery trip for essentials (milk, eggs). But each night I've opened the cupboards to just enough for one more meal. I don't think this is a miracle of the cruse of oil. We've just been steadily revising meal expectations.

Maybe we can use the money we saved on food to foot the repair bill.

The repair brought up an interesting values question for Abe & I. We had to get our car door replaced. The used replacement didn't match so we had to decide whether to get it painted. Here was the question: Did we want to

(A) Give up $250 or (B) Have a silver door on a maroon car?

I don't know if I'm more interested in hearing your own answer to this question or hearing what you think our answer was.

12 comments:

Janssen said...

This would be the worst thing for me to decide. But I feel certain Bart would pick having a matching door. I can't settle on what you guys would have picked.

Sarah Black said...

C) use the $250 to get new glasses (how did you not notice your door was open?)
D) Get a new car
E) DIY (a can of spray paint is cheap)

I'll be really surprised if you forked over that $250. I'm assuming you add water to the bottom of your ketchup bottle when it's almost gone to make it last a bit longer...

Sherry said...

This would not be a hard decision for me, though it would be painful. I just don't think I could handle having a different color door, and this is coming from somebody whose car door has rust stains on it. Then again, how much longer do you expect your car to last? I think that would probably weigh heavily in my decision.

I am interested to know what you decided.

Megan said...

You will have to tell us what you guys decided. I scraped our car door pretty badly while pulling into our garage. I have been too scared to take it to the body shop to find out the repair cost.
I wish I could have been there to take you to the store for more than just the essentials.

karina said...

I'd go with a silver door. But our car is a '93 with peeling paint on the hood and random non-essential parts falling off (and one essential part (the bumper) that hangs off on one side), so cosmetic repair doesn't seem as important in our case.

Jen said...

Erin, I hate to admit it but this post made me laugh. Not because you practically ripped the door off your car cause that would feel miserable (I went into a slight depression after I broke out my tail light backing into our garbage can two days before Christmas) but I would, in a heartbeat, bet $250 that you have a two tone car now.

Rachel said...

My favorite line: "We've just been steadily revising meal expectations." So funny!

I'll add another vote that you did not paint the door. Silver and maroon might compliment each other quite nicely.

Rita said...

The door that you can't open from the inside and have to roll down the window to get out? I think you were splurging just buying a "used" door.

Weezie said...

If you paid $250 to paint your car I'll have to buy a $250 plane ticket out there to find out who you really are and what you've done with my sister.

Dawn said...

I think you'd go with the mismatch...but I don't know...Silver and maroon sounds awfully similar to Ohio State colors and might get you in trouble in AA....

And heavens I'm sure people would get you groceries...just send me a list and I'll be there!...well not ME...cause I live too far away, but lots of people right there would help.

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