There is a good reason. I bought a new car. By new car, I mean new to me.
Twelve years ago, George bought me a brand new yellow Ford Focus. I love cars in bright colors both because they make me happy and because I can find them easily in a parking lot. It worked wonderfully. Never had to spend money except for oil changes and new tires.
Until two years ago. My battery kept running down. I had to have it jumped every three or four months and bought four new batteries. At the same time, when I got into the car and before I put the key in the ignition, the radio would come on. I believed the radio was draining the battery so set an appointment with the radio specialist at the dealership to check it. He said (I paraphrase here), “Lady, you’re nuts. There’s nothing wrong,” because—in my experience–mechanics never listen to women. I could go on and on about this but I won’t in this blog.
And yet, the radio kept turning on and the battery kept running down. I had the radio removed. Didn’t change things and still no one could find a reason for this. Yes, I know it was a short in the electrical system but, “Lady, there’s nothing wrong with your car,” but they couldn’t explain the new batteries. I had to keep AAA on speed dial.
I’m on deadline: October 1 for The Wedding Planners of Butternut Creek. When the car wouldn’t start last Wednesday, I had it jumped and drove it for thirty minutes, I thought the charge would last three or four months and I’d have plenty of time to look for a new car after October 1 because it was obvious I need a car that starts without the aid of jumper cables.
But the charge didn’t last. Saturday morning, the battery was dead again.
Monday, we bought a new (to me) car, pictured above. It’s a 2008 Mazda 3 and is so pretty and clean but it’s white! In the picture my dear husband took, my Power Cat (the logo of my Alma Mater, Kansas State University) shows up beautifully against the white.
But the car is white and I won’t be able to find it in the parking lot. My plan is to do something on the roof of the car to identify it. I’m thinking a purple stripe to match the Power Cat. I should be able to pick that out in a parking lot.
I am open to suggestion. What do you think would brighten up and make my new car easier to identify?