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Wear and Tear


I drive an old pickup truck. It has its advantages. One, I don’t have to monthly payment. She’s all mine. Another is if I get a scratch or a ding here and there, it’s no big deal. Three, it’s surprising how handy having a truck can be just for getting stuff from one place to another.

Of course, there are the downsides, like after a while stuff just starts to wear out, like brakes, alternators, tires, and most recently the shocks.

It’s a 15-year-old truck, so it wasn’t too “shocking” to hear what my daughter (who has been driving it lately) called “old rocking chair” sounds coming from underneath the truck. At first, it was just when you’d go over a railroad track or hit a pothole, but then it got to where just climbing into the cab would cause a creaky little groan.

So, I took it to get looked at, hoping maybe it just needed a little greasing up, but no, it was struts and shocks.

And that’s the sort of thing that is admittedly outside my very limited ability to work on a vehicle. So, after getting a quote on the work (which is always, without fail, higher than I was hoping), they are, as we speak fixing her up.

It actually reminds me of myself. I’m 49, which is probably pretty close to 15 in truck years, and like my truck, I am starting to really see stuff starting to wear out, only instead of brakes and shocks, it’s joints and muscles. I’ve even had to get new “headlights” recently in the form of bifocals. And like the new shocks and struts, they cost way more than I thought they would… even with insurance. But I guess it’s worth getting me and my truck fixed up. Especially since, in my case, I can’t just buy a new me.

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