for sale: clown car

Now that we’ve lived here for nearly 11 months, we’ve come to realize that owning two clown cars is, well, silly. Granted, Bill has been griping about his car ever since Kaitlyn threw up in the backseat and it took him weeks to get the smell out. I’m kind of surprised that in the summer heat (when we actually have some) he doesn’t say that the smell makes a comeback.

Earlier this week, another ISE family moving here at the end of the month asked if anyone knew of someone selling their cars. I sent him a fast reply… we’re thinking about selling one of ours. Sure, I suppose I should have mentioned it to Bill before shooting off that e-mail. But, honestly, we have been talking about it for months now and if they are interested and it gets us out of one of the cars without taking the giant loss one suffers when trading-in… what’s the harm?

Well, the harm is that apparently Bill had decided that we could solve all of our space problems by buying a car top carrier. Oh, but did he mention that the luggage we bought when we moved here won’t fit in it? And there’s definitely no way that house guests who fail to travel light could stuff their bags into that with much more success than we currently stuff it into the hatch of the clown mobiles.

It didn’t take too long, though, for Bill’s love of car shopping to prevail. He’s now spending moments at home looking up cars online and moments in the car driving to car lots.

And it turns out that we now know that neither of us intended to buy the cars we got. Both of us thought we should buy a station wagon but neither of us said it or said it forcefully enough for it to penetrate the I’ve-just-moved-to-a-foreign-country fog we were living in when we bought our cars.

We haven’t heard anything back from our potential buyers ever since sending them our prices. We didn’t price low.. since we don’t have to sell. Whatever happens, we now know that when you move to a foreign country… you should talk about what you think you need. That will probably hold true when we move home… with our car-top carrier.

5 Responses to “for sale: clown car”

  1. D.A.D. says:

    Be sure the turning radius of a non-clown car will make it up the hill without falling off.

  2. Debbie says:

    When you say “house guests who fail to travel light” … that makes me wonder… what size suitcase does fit in your car?

  3. mandy says:

    well, we have had some guests who arrived with two or three giant suitcases. plus briefcases.
    we can fit luggage in the car just fine if we don’t have to put any people in it.

  4. D.A.D. says:

    Think Anna arriving to be the teacher for the King of Siam’s children.

  5. mandy says:

    yes, but she was staying for more than a week.

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