Sometimes you really want to get a run in, then life conspires to make it so you don’t and you have to just learn to roll with the what is going on.
Today was one of those days!
Yes I rolled with what life threw my way and no I didn’t get my run in. However, there is a new to me truck in the front yard.
After thinking about it overnight (always wait overnight before making a major purchase – don’t let anyone pressure you into making a decision that day), TheWife and I decided to go ahead and buy the 2011 Ford Ranger – 4WD model that we had looked at yesterday. It wasn’t something we did without a lot of thought and research.
After talking it over, our lifestyle requires a truck, instead of a SUV or other 4WD/AWD vehicle where we live out in the country, we need something that is GREAT in snow and able to haul nasty stuff – I know a Ranger can handle it (more on that later). We do a lot of gardening stuff, hauling wood from out back, garbage runs and other stuff. Our lifestyle means a truck works a lot better than anything else for us.
Besides, I HATE being “that guy” that is always asking his buddy – “can I borrow your truck?” I don’t mind a friend asking me to borrow my truck or if I can help someone out with my truck, but I hate asking someone else for help – I just am not good at it.
This Ranger has the options, is a local trade-in and is the year I wanted, along with being very LOW mileage. The dealership was very good, low pressure and treated me like a human being. Things that I noted that needed to be taken care of about the truck were professionally corrected and the salesman came in on his day off to finish off the deal – which to me is a big deal.
You can tell a lot about a dealership, by the way that the vehicle prep crew talk to and look at the sales people (when they think they and you are not looking) and how the sales people introduce the crew – whether it is by first name or not.
The only thing about buying a new vehicle is you just can’t really know if you got a decent deal or not, but you can only do the best you can and hope they didn’t get you too bad. 😉
Now to see how service after the sale is.
So while this isn’t really having much to do with running, it does affect how I get to my races and some of the trail runs that I want to do this summer.
By the way this will be my 5th Ford Ranger and my dad currently has had two in a row, so Ford Rangers are not an unknown and what it can do are something that are very well known in my family. It is just too bad they stopped making them in 2011.