Well it’s that time of year again. The longest day of the year is on the opposite side of the calendar and the Yule tide has delivered a thin film of frozen opaque-ness on your car’s windshield. It is the time of year where you wish your car was equipped with seat heaters and remote start. It is the time of year when the roads are slicker than politicians and highways are given diets. It is the time of year where, if you are like me, scrape a tiny porthole through the morning’s frost because I’m too lazy and cold to scrape the whole windshield. It is the time of year where my morning commute is likened to that of a submarine captain as I navigate my 4000 pounds of wheeled steel, dodging bicyclist, Prius’s and the like, with only a periscope sized hole to see through. Yes my friends, not only is it a time where AARP-card carrying folks are making a mass exodus to Miami Beach, it is that time of year to polish up on our new year resolutions!
I, for one, have never been into to New Year’s resolutions. Why wait till January to disappoint oneself of busting belly lines and dwindling savings accounts when you can do it all year? The parking lot at the “Y” will be full so why bother going at all? Why crossfit when crossing the street is dangerous enough. Why diet when Ashland’s streets will diet for you? I could go on and on about the way we break promises to ourselves but I won’t. What I will do is offer you a whole new idea to alleviate any year end, unreachable, self-defeating goals. How about you take a moment and look at your car. What sort of things have you promised to do for it or what items of disrepair has it been bugging you to fix. How long has the check engine light really been on? Maybe those dingy yellowed headlights could use a nice polishing. Why not install 4 matching shiny new tires on your car? How about promising your car never to use it as a road-going trash receptacle ever again! What I’m offering you here is a whole new way to look at January 1st. Forget about your personal short comings and give your vehicle a Car-Resolution!
You can now thank me for taking the heat off of yourself and having a great new year. After all, if you are reading this you survived Twelve-Twenty so why not be nice to yourself. Celebrate, you survived! If you think about it Car-Resolution works two fold. You are now nice to yourself and nice to your car. I couldn’t think of two different things that deserve it more. So think long and hard about how your car has taken care of you throughout the year and was always there for you through thick and thin. Make a list of well deserved items of attention for your car and bring them to your favorite mechanic, preferably Aaron’s Autowerks. And, when you’re on your way to the mechanic treat yourself to a doughnut. I like buttermilk just in case you were wondering….
Happy Motoring and Happy New Year!!!