“They say” a picture is worth a thousand words, but don’t these pretty pictures all look so very lovely? What a joke!!!

I bought my “new to me” Mitsubishi Expo LRV after a friend found it for me on Craigslist. I used my negotiating skills and got a darn good price, knowing that at very close to 200,000 miles, it would certainly need some work, such as a tune-up, all new belts, water pump, tires, a bit of rust sanded off and a little paint added, etc.

Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching! My minivan has been licensed, insured, re-belted, re-aligned, tuned-up, washed, a new radiator has been installed, new tires added, and now I’m not only tired, but broke! All told, I spent close to $4,000 to make this 1994 vehicle both safe and reliable.

So why this particular rig? Two reasons.

One: My friend Rick, or “iRick” as I now call him since his LVAD surgery, needs to be transported to his medical appointments in something he can easily get in and out of. My mustang is not conducive to that. Since they sawed through his sternum, iRick cannot use his arms to push or pull for the next couple months, and my car is way too low. Two: “Bazaar Season” is right around the corner, and I can’t fit all my books, easels, display stands, banners, and a folding table into the mustang. So once again, it was a matter of practicality.

The mustang was never intended to be practical; I bought it purely for the thrill of driving it. And now I’ve added a “Utility Vehicle” to my fleet. Two months ago, I sure never expected to be driving a minivan for any reason—Never have I thought the “Soccer Mom” label would apply to me! Good grief! That’s so… so… Yuppie-Ville!!

So now there’s one more thing I’ll be adding to the total cost of my LRV—a good pair of dark glasses, so I won’t be recognized driving it around town!