I'd rather have a nice house
I'd rather have a nice car
I'd never drive around in a vehicle that was 10 yrs old
I'm not trying to impress anyone, I don't care
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Yea, but I think we even complain about the ''good'' things we wish for, but it doesn't mean we don't want it. How many people pray or wish for for a specific job, then 1 yr into it start finding things to complain about? How many people pray or wish for ''that special someone'' to come into their lives, only to complain about their annoying habits yrs into the marriage. How many ppl buy new vehicles and complain about trying to always keep it clean or money they put into it, and how many ppl want a specific house and find things to complain about? When I get like that, I check myself and count my blessings.
A car is just something to get you from place to place. A nice house is so much more important.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Doesn't the fact that the average 'nice house' is much more valuable than the average 'nice car' factor into anyone's decision? Going in that direction, not having a 'nice house' can make a tricky to keep a 'nice car', anyway.
Nice house is the gift that keeps on giving.
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If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
Our home is very modest, but it's paid for and has some acreage. Our cars both have over 100,000 miles, but they run well and hubby does all their mechanical maintenance. We don't owe anybody anything, and that's the most important thing to us.
"The measure off intelligence is the ability to change." Albert Einstein
Personally, I think it's odd that people compare themselves to each other based on cars. I am often sorry for people because they have a nice car. Do they have to spend a lot of time in a car? Do they have to make payments on that car? Do they derive a sense of self worth from their car? If any of those things are true, feeling sorry for them is justified. If someone has plenty of money to stroke a check for a nice car, but they don't know how to spend their money in ways that are truly satisfying, I would also feel sorry for them.
If someone has never owned their own car, but always has to make payments, there are plenty of reasons to feel sympathy for them.
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The US is an odd ship. The captain yells out when he sees obtacles , but 535 individual propellers do the steering.
All I want in a car is reliable transportation. I want it to start when I turn the key, go when I hit the gas, and stop when I hit the brakes. I want it to get me back and forth to work, where I make money to pay for my home. It will depreciate in value every time i drive it, so it's no investment.
A home is another matter entirely. Warren Buffett's best advice is to "own the roof over your head."
I've lived beneath my means my entire life. Drove older cars...tiny cars...lived in very modest (but nice) homes...never pay attention to status of any kind. It's served me well. Still have the very modest home...3 BR, 2 BA ranch; one-car garage (shoulda' bought a 2-car; that was a mistake); no family room. I do drive a nice car now, though...real estate kinda' leads one in that direction.
Only thing I do that is a real splurge/treat is to always valet my car and pay extra to have it left right out in front.
Best book on the subject: The Millionaire Next Door.
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Thank you, Quazi!
Both a house and car are depreciating assets, but a car depreciates faster, generally speaking.
I rather have a nicer house, not too opulent, a decent car and put the rest of the money in the bank.
Who cares what our teens think, they don't pay the bills and they get an opinion on it, only when they start forking over some cash.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.