Farm Life: Buying a computer with 19 cup holders…

Living in the mountains, you need a fowl-weather vehicle.  Winter is coming (even though it may still be 80F) and we need to be ready.  The gardens are still giving harvest, and some sections are ready to clean up.  Wood is stacked in the woodshed, and I’d like to have another cord ready for late winter.  But, the 2005 Subaru was ready to go to pasture.  Last Friday, I thought I would take it for one more oil change, to get us through a Rhode Island trip in September, then purchase a new Subaru before winter.  That was until the technician wanted to caution me about a few items…

There was the back suspension which a year ago they could not repair, least it fall off.  That wore out the tires we bought a year ago, one being nearly bald on the inside track.  Then there was the front ball joint about to dislodge, and the brushing that lacked a seal and grease.  Oh, too many problems to put money into.

Time to chat with a sales representative.  We had been doing our homework, as our decision was planned for two months hence.  Thus, we knew that we wanted the Subaru Ascent with the trailer towing capacity.  Retirement and the camper are not that far in the future, given than we put 14 years and 250,000 miles on the last Subaru (you can’t kill these things, as far as I can tell).

When we went from the 1991 Ford Range (which still runs) to the 2005 Subaru, we upgraded from crank windows (which still work) to electronic windows.  The owner’s manual went from about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.  Well, with all the electronics in cars these days, we have 3 inches of owner’s manuals, guide books, GPS and Internet links  (no, Sirus-X-M-radio does not work on about 1/4 mile of Old Rt 55 between the Baker Methodist Church and Danny’s Wagon Wheel bar).  Thus we bought a computer on wheels.

And, the Subaru Ascent with 8 passenger seats does have 19 cup holders.  I needed about 4 days of exploring to find the 18th and 19th cup holders.  Road trip anyone?

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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12 Responses to Farm Life: Buying a computer with 19 cup holders…

  1. Emily McKenney says:

    Wow!! Just in time to bring it to RI!!! I can’t wait to have a ride in it!! Love, Emily

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  2. Holy cats! Nineteen cup holders. That really encourages people to drink while they drive and ride. 😉

    • hermitsdoor says:

      My read is that Subarus are the go-to-car for outdoorsy types. With seating for 8 hikers, 19 cup holders (actually 17 at that point, as two are in the drop down bench seat where one hiker would be sitting) that gives 2 water bottles, plus one, to each hiker. But that begs the questions of whether you want 8 sweating hikers in your vehicle for the ride home?

  3. cindy knoke says:

    WOW! 250K is quite impressive.

  4. KerryCan says:

    That’s quite the vehicle! I wonder how many people fully use all the electronic capabilities in their newer cars. I know I don’t!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I skimmed over the section on how to try to control your teenage drivers’ behavior (speeding alerts, geographic alerts, and curfew alerts) as we have no teenagers, and any what they are the ones who know how to hack the system and change the parameters for a night on the town…

  5. Wow. That’s a lot of driving, Oscar. And I know what it’s like to have a major expense before you planned. The good thing is you have done your research.

    My car is almost as old as yours but the only good thing to be said for being housebound some of that time is that I rarely drove. Still, it was a cheap little car and I’ve entered the land of greatly diminishing returns on any money I spent on it. I hope you will enjoy your new vehicle.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      So are the ride is smooth. Yes, as we get up in years, “things” have different meaning, with most depreciating in value to others, while appreciating in value to us (unless you happen to have save 40 years ago so action hero figure that is now hot on E-Bay). When we were young we were told the story of the grasshopper and the ant (I think to entice us to have good Puritan work ethic). Now, do we need a story about squirrels (hoarders) and feral cats (travel till you die)? All shall be left to our heirs eventually.

  6. Hi K-O! You have just helped out our next car search (the smaller model, tho – since we have no farm to care for!) A road trip is on our travel horizen, also – maybe we can meet-up somewhere next year??? Cuz

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