"I Live to think for myself. I refuse to be a mindless sheep following the crowd into cookie-cutter oblivion. Otherwise I'd just be a zombie with no heart or passion in life" - Hervey Taylor IV

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Today is a lazy day. It's a lazy day for several reasons. The most important reason is that it is spring break!! Not like this really matters because I work all week but today is my one day off.

An actual sign in LC
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Two, we are experiencing the Dust Bowl 2.0 here. If you've never been to Las Cruces in the spring... don't. Stay as far away as you possibly can. The weather is unbelievably disgusting. It amazes me when I see wind advisories on the weather channel for other cities. People are in an uproar when it goes over 20 mph. Springs in LC brings horribly uncomfortable wind. And since LC is a desert town... lots and lots of sand/dirt/grit blows everywhere.

Spring is the season you pack up your dust rags until summer comes because if you actually tried to keep up with the dust you would be dusting every day... multiple times a day. Right now, we're sitting at a mere 40 mph and I cannot see down my street because it is that dusty.

A year ago I had a horse training class 3 hours a day, 3 times a week... during spring. After class I would take off my sunglasses and literally have dirt caked on my face so badly that the skin where my sunglasses were covering was at least 3 shades lighter than the rest of my face. Needless to say, I take a lot of showers in the spring and my hair is virtually always in a ponytail because anything else is just not a feasible option.

Reason number three for being lazy. I bought a car yesterday!! My very own, brand new 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback. I am a proud car owner!! Get real if you think I'm taking my beautiful new baby out in this dust. Please. I wouldn't even pick up pizza for dinner last night in my new car.

Not to mention, car buying takes a lot out of you. It is exhausting! We drove all the way to El Paso (45ish minute drive) looked at 4 different lots at a total of 4 different types of cars and decided we had a good idea of what we were getting in to.

On our way back to Cruces, it was decided we would just stop at 1 more place in town to compare dealership prices. I wasn't going to buy anything until May but I just wanted to get an idea. And there it was... my car! A slick magnetic grey with power locks and everything! I have never in my life owned a car with power locks and windows. It was really a treat. Not to mention the fact that it has an air conditioner, excellent brakes, 4 doors, a ridiculous amount of airbags, a fully working gas gauge and odometer, traction control and 85,000 other bells and whistles... all of which my previous ghetto car (fondly known as Coup) did not have.

It really isn't that fancy of a car. No blue tooth, no button unlock on the key, no crazy additions. But I'm a simple person and this car is perfect for me. There is so much leg room my over 6 foot family friend can sit comfortably in the back and front with room to spare. There is so much cargo space that I think I just may be able to fit all of my necessities on my trip up to Michigan. And it gets 33 miles to the gallon.

I was surprised to hear that people don't actually like hatchbacks. I don't understand this. They have much more cargo space than a sedan (though the versa sedan was pretty nice) and they have a whole lot of leg room. So, even though hatchbacks have some of the highest safety ratings and some of the best features, people like the more traditional trunk of a car. Which means I get a better deal on mine :) So thanks people for spending more money on your sedans which offer less space and allowing me to buy my car for less! Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

Besides, it is a great feeling to know that at 21 years old I own a car. Me... owning my very own brand new car. It's crazy. Well, I don't technically own my car. I mean, I signed my life away yesterday but I don't actually own anything. That is a lie. I do own something a car payment every month for the next 6 years. But still, it's a step.

They also took Coup away for me. They gave me $800 for that poor little fella. Which, I think I got the better end of that deal. I'm positive that if I had driven Coup to Michigan we would have blown up half way through Texas. I hope they take him to a nice scrap yard and salvage him for some usable parts... if he has any.

Now all I have to do is name him/her. I feel every car deserves a name. They have personalities just like people and pets except... well, they're inanimate objects. I was told this is a quirk of mine... which translates to: I am weird.

But I am guessing you already knew that.
Later folks. Time to continue on being lazy and attempting to stay dirt free. Stay clean my friends!

2 Witty Remarks:

Tyra Shortino said...

Buying your own car is quite an achievement, considering you're only 21 years old. Oh so you picked the Nissan Versa 1.8S. Yeah, it doesn't have the Bluetooth Handsfree system and the Nissan Intelligent Key that the 1.8SL has, but other than that, they're pretty much the same. Well, at least you have your AM/FM/CD system to keep you alive when driving becomes boring (:.

Norman said...

Thank you! I really am glad that I was able to do it. And yep, it doesn't have the bluetooth but that is perfectly fine with me. I am not a bluetooth person. I'm just a not talking in the car type of person. Plus, besides 1 cross country trip when I move I won't be traveling very long distances at a time so I figure I can live without it :)

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