Edie vs the Universe (and Rain Slicked Roads)

I had a car accident yesterday. I was driving home from work. It was raining. I was literally a minute away from my house when I went round a bend – the same bend I drive around twice a day, three times a week (sometimes more). All of a sudden my little car decided it didn’t want to cooperate and the back wheels spun out. I hydroplaned, my car doing a full 180 and sliding to the wrong side of the road before ending up and over the gutter, with an almighty bang.

R.I.P, little Edie.

I wasn’t hurt, but I can’t say the same for my poor old Edie. Though I fortunately managed to miss all oncoming traffic and the two sign poles on the gutter, I hit hard enough that I knocked the back wheels and door well out of alignment. My dad says the car is a write off. Which means I am now without a car, and with no money to buy a new one. And therein lies my problem. So now I’m desperately weighing up my options, doing research and trying to figure out how I’m going to get a new car. And how I’m going to get to work in the meantime.

The thing is, I was planning to buy a new car at the start of next year anyway. But this accident throws a huge spanner in the works. Firstly, it means I can’t sell it. Secondly, it leaves me without a car until I can get approved for a loan…providing I CAN get approved. And third, it means the big old universe decided to push my plans ahead, without even asking me. Rude. And the real kicker? I had only paid my registration a couple of hours before. There goes $660 I could have used for other things!

It’s funny, the way life works. I’ve been wondering whether I can justify buying a new car, seeing as how I’ve only had it for a bit over twelve months. I don’t necessarily need a new car, but Edie has her troubles and problems, being an older car. And it would be nice to own a car that actually goes into gear without me needing to jiggle the gear stick. Problems aside,I was happy to wait until 2016 before I got anything newer. However, now that my car is written off, I don’t have another option. The universe has a tricky way of making your decisions for you I guess. Though honestly, I’d have preferred a winning lottery ticket.

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