We are not what anyone would call early adopters. We are what most anyone would call, well, thrifty. So, we buy used cars and runs them until they fall apart. The classic example is the 1978 Impala we bought when Amy was four months old. She learned to drive on the car and I think we gave it to someone when she was in college. Becky drives a 1999 Avalon with 105,000 miles on it. Just getting broken in.
As a result of this thriftiness, our cars lag behind the technological curve. Yes, they have self-starters, but power door locks were a revelation to us when they came on the Impala. The Avalon unlocks all four doors from the front door lock if you turn the key clockwise once or twice. I thought this was the coolest thing I had ever seen until I got two cars with key fobs. I just press a button and the doors open. I love this so much I try to open Becky’s car with one of the fobs. I even try to open our front door with the car key fobs. They don’t work, but I can always hope.
So, change is hard to get used to, but once you’re used to it, it’s hard to go back.
Gee, I didn’t have as much to say about that as I thought I would.
One response to “Fobbing It Off (For Real this Time)”
Beware the Avalon at ~100k. Mine died in the middle lane of the beltway just after it rolled over to 6 digits: smoke, trailing an unidentified liquid, engine totally stopped with no warning. And Lois Page's spontaneously burst into flames. I think there's even a website for Avalons at 100k, but am not sure…just a heads up…