Last Thursday I was fast-forwarding through the commercials to get to “Criminal Minds,” which we’d recorded the night before. I always stop for commercials with cute animals or children, but rarely for a political ad. However, when a Jack Kingston commercial caught my eye, I backed up and watched it. He was standing in front of an old Lincoln town car, a very old car by today’s standards—maybe the 90s. I can’t quote him exactly, but essentially what he said was that he drives it because it still runs. That tidbit caught my eye and ear because that kind of thinking runs the Ellis household. Many of our friends think that way, too. You’ll notice that we all tend to think that the people who agree with us are the smartest people alive.
Before I continue, let me say explicitly that I am not campaigning for Jack Kingston or anyone else. I’m merely agreeing with a morsel from his recent commercial. It is not my purpose to tell you whom to vote for or even whom I’m voting for. As a matter of fact, it’s still too early to know whom I’m voting for.
Like Kingston’s old Lincoln, our vehicles, too, are getting on, as my grandpa used to say. But they still run and we still drive them. Larry maintains both the 2000 Nissan truck and the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis. In most cases, he repairs them when something malfunctions. When he worked out of town, I drove a newer vehicle because he wasn’t home to rescue me if the car stranded me. Now that he’s home full time, we drive our old vehicles again. I have no criticism for those who choose to drive newer cars and who trade cars every year, but we prefer not to. If everyone thought like us, the car dealerships would suffer.
Our cautious attitude applies to other machines, too—washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, etc. We once repaired televisions, also, but repairs on them have skyrocketed and it’s now cheaper to replace them. Even this old computer
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