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It’s a whole new world when you have a car! For those who don’t know I had a red Chevy 1971 convertible with a 454 engine which I got in 1981 and had until 2004 when I couldn’t afford the repairs and insurance. I have been without a car since and getting around Fort Lauderdale isn’t easy without a car. Luckily Allen has been good enough to take me shopping on Thursdays and we go to the movies on Friday plus now and then to the theatre and when I really need it he will take me to a doctor’s appointment. Also I get a vacation when he goes on vacation and leaves the car behind for me to use.
Aside from that I am more or less a ‘prisoner’ at Gateway--which really isn’t a bad place to be captive! For the last few years I have had P.A.D, (peripheral artery disease) which makes it hard to walk more than a few blocks and each year a block or two less.
Allen drove up to Orlando for 5 days and me being a creature of habit--which I have become since I have gotten old--I decided to treat myself and get a rental car for 48 hours so I could do my shopping and go to the movies, eat out and do other things that I haven’t been able to do for awhile when I wanted.
Well folks aside from the rental fees and gas I relearned a lesson from the last time I had the use of a car--it is expensive!! And I am talking about going to Target and buying 4 new bed pillows, to Home Depot and buying some plants and Office Depot to look at new desk set PCs and here, there and everywhere to buy ‘things’! As usual--and this was a lesson I thought I had learned but obviously didn’t--I used credit cards. It looks like August is going to be a VERY lean spending month because I want to get those cards paid off in full before interest kicks in.
All in all it really was fun having the availability to ‘get away’ when I wanted but it will be awhile before I do that again.

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