Marvin <3

12 Dec

Meet Marve.

Yesterday I sat in my brand new (used) car for the first time and found it difficult to contain my raging joy.

I freaked out.  About everything.  Dave, who had a few days to bond with the car (let’s call him Marvin), smiled amusingly while I tinkered with all the bells and whistles and peed my pants. 

In order to put this in perspective, you have to understand that never, in my entire life, have I owned a car where everything in it worked as intended.  There have been leaky oil tanks, falling fabric ceilings, windows that couldn’t be rolled down for fear they never go back up, sunroofs that wouldn’t shut,  doors that could not be exited through, trunks that could not be opened, and broken gas gauges – which made for many a problematic outing.   

That doesn’t even take into account issues with body rust, major dents, color mismatches, or the car actually running. 

The struggle of the poor commuter is both arduous and exciting.  I remember one of the cars my family had growing up spontaneously caught on fire.  It caught on fire. I spent most of my life in fear that a trip in the car to get groceries was willfully plunging toward my death.

But now I have Marvin.  Marvin has working windows.  And lights and a horn and a fuel gauge and a rear defrost and a ceiling that isn’t falling down and a trunk that opens and closes and a sunroof that works and plastic parts that stay in place and I cannot contain my raging, raging joy.

When I turned around to check out the row of back seats, I noticed the middle one had a big kid seat belt instead of just a lap belt and tried to abstain from peeing with glee all over the beautiful, relatively unstained interior.  Marvin has no major dents, is all the same color, and turns on when I want him to.  It’s like I’ve won the Showcase Showdown.

There’s a part of me that can’t shake the feeling that something awful is going to reveal itself soon.  I’ll be driving it around, singing Pumped Up Kicks, feelin’ like a fly little white girl, and then my front bumper will fall off, or my ceiling will fall and encase me in its flowy fabric, or the entire car will just spontaneously burst into flame.

I suppose until I die in that fiery, tragic death I’ll just have to distract myself from fear by playing with my power windows and sunroof. 

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20 Responses to “Marvin <3”

  1. pegoleg December 12, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    He’s beautiful! I hope you and Marvin will be very happy.

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    • Jackie December 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

      Why thank you. He’s flattered.

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  2. Jessica December 12, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Peeing my pants laughing at your joy. Congrats. 🙂

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    • Jackie December 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks! And try baking soda and vinegar to get it out. 😉

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  3. phrogmom December 12, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    congratulations on your new baby!!

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    • Jackie December 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks! I should throw a shower…

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  4. sanetes December 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Congratulations! Looks like all the bus drama came to a very happy end. 🙂

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    • Jackie December 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      yes! now I have a car AND bus know-how. Win.

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  5. thatGuy December 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    The vibe was a joint venture between GM and Toyota. It’s a toyota under the skin. It should last a long time.

    Cars, however do not have ‘oil tanks’… they do have ‘oil pans’ which can leak… :-p

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    • Jackie December 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      blah blah blah car stuff. 😛

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  6. whatimeant2say December 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    I LOVE Marve! He is quite handsome!

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    • Jackie December 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      He’s a looker, isn’t he? I’ve never had a car so…normal looking haha

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  7. Megan December 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    hooray for Marvin!

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    • Jackie December 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      he works! he really works! I’m so happy.

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  8. Tanya December 15, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    You really can’t go wrong with a Marvin. In fact, I’ve taken my own out for a spin and while he has a few more miles on him than he did 15 years ago…he too has no major dents and still turns on when I want him to 🙂

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  9. Olivia P. December 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Just wear a bunch of bubble wrap and get some fire retardant spray xD

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    • Jackie December 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      that sounds like a good idea regardless.

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  10. Caitlin Antram December 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    So…weird…Anna’s car she’s had about two years and we both drive all the time is a red Pontiac vibe hatchback….

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