I did something today that I have never done before, something I will never do again. I bought my first car. Well, if you want to get technical, the bank did…I have to pay them back.
Why did I buy a car? Because I got a job! The hunt is over. I found a great writing gig in Mississauga, so I’ll need to commute. But more on that later.
The decision to purchase a Hyundai Elantra (bring on the jokes) was easy: it’s nice and cheap. I will admit I spent a little extra for A/C, as most wimpy Torontonians tend to do. This was a conflicted decision, because I rarely condone air conditioning. While it’s nice to have on a hot, stop-and-go day in traffic, it’s overused and harmful to our ozone and that sort of thing gets to me. I like to think of myself as an environmentally conscious individual.
Up until now, I’ve felt pretty good about taking public transit. Even though I loathe sharing my personal space and air, it has made me feel like I’m doing my part. Now I have a car with air conditioning. To my former self, I am considered a lesser person. At least I was.
When signing all the papers blah blah blah, I noticed a $100 federal tax for air conditioning. Usually added fees frustrate me, but not today. Today I felt really good, like justice was being served. It offset my guilt almost completely. What does the $100 go towards? No clue. All I know is that I paid for my mistake.
If I was reading this blog, I would want to comment about how Westerners think they can simply throw money at problems to make them go away (instead of changing their behaviour). Have at it. I won’t disagree.