What started out as a curious, what-if-saturday-morning inquiry into maybe upgrading our crappy family bus to something more modern ended up with me walking out of National Capital Motors with a finance contract for a 2002 Toyota Tarago:
I'm not sure if it was the cheesy-used-car-salesmanesque pitch from the used-car-salesman, or solar flares, or an early onset brain disorder,or something else entirely unrelated. Whatever it was, it's now led to a serious case of post-purchase guilt.
You know-where you go over the whole thing, and this huge battle occurs in your head between Mr Justify and Mr Responsible? Maybe that's just my head...
Mr Justify: You know, it's a good idea to spend that much cash, we really did need a new car, and we'll be able to afford it, so you might as well - Money's for spending, after all...
Mr Responsible: The old car worked just fine...
Mr Justify: Yeah, but you couldn't lock any of the windows, the windscreen was cracked to bits and it bounced around like a hayride! It sucked. The new one is much cooler.
Mr Responsible: Sure- but you could have fixed all those problems in a weekend for less than a thousand dollars...
Mr Justify: Yeah, but I'm a busy man. I make enough money to have a good car, why should I have a shitty one? and why should I spend my weekends fixing cars? That sucks too!
Mr Responsible: Will you stop carrying on about things that suck? -material things shouldn't make you happy.
Mr Justify: Sure - but having a nice safe, reliable car is all we bought. It's not like I bought a new one-
Mr Responsible: -That was my influence, right there.
Mr Justify: Whatever. New car! Woo-Hoo! New car! Alright! Now we can go to the beach whenever we want! - New car! OH yeah! new car!
Mr Responsible: What about insurance? and increasing fuel prices? and poor people who don't have any cars? and polluting the environment? shouldn't you be riding your bike anyway?
Mr Justify: Whatever. New car! Woo-Hoo! New car! Alright!.
(Mr Responsible sighs deeply, starts to cry and disappears.)
That, My friends, is modern consumerism in action.
(It is a pretty cool car...Woo-Hoo! Alright!)