Beep beep!

Jun. 10th, 2011 10:53 am
[personal profile] puzzle_me
I bought my little Honda Fit one year ago this week - happy anniversary car! To celebrate I'll take you to the fancy carwash this afternoon.

And with the anniversary, comes news that my car may have actually appreciated in value, over the last year. Or, at the very least, not depreciated at all. Maybe I'll get it detailed as well. :)

Date: 2011-06-10 04:07 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-10 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is hilarious.

If gas prices hadn't gone down, your car would have gone up in value even more -- but since you're not planning to sell, you're probably happier with lower gas prices. (Back when gas prices spiked a few years ago, hybrids like the Prius were more expensive used than new because you could get them immediately instead of having to go on a waiting list for months and months. And anything small was selling at a premium.)

Date: 2011-06-10 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Can i ask you an odd question? Were you a guest at the UMN Fantasy Matters conference a few years back? I was the person running around documenting everything photographically, and i could swear that your name was on the list of authors. I didn't know [ profile] springbok1 hardly at all then, so didn't get around to adding 2 and 2 together. If it wasn't you, fair enough, that's why i'm asking ;)

Date: 2011-06-10 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I was part of an enormous reading session which I think was organized by [ profile] haddayr. I don't remember much about it except:

1. I went out to dinner with Haddayr, who was talking about how she'd been utterly exhausted and she didn't know what was going on.

2. There was some really irritating mix-up where all the people participating in the reading had been told we'd be admitted free to the conference but the people at the admission table hadn't gotten the memo. I think I told them that I was not going to pay for the privilege of doing a reading, and they needed to either figure out a way to get me in or I was going to turn around and go home, and I got handed a badge. Some of the other authors got bullied into paying, though. (The major problem was that there was a Neil Gaiman event later that night or maybe the next day and they were very concerned about people sneaking into that without paying.)

...that's basically it. I don't remember if I went to any of the panels, I don't remember who else was there other than Haddayr and maybe Barth Anderson, I don't remember what I read... Oh, I do remember finding the law school parking lot very reasonably priced. I think it was free that weekend or something.

Because Abi and I are both in fandom, but tend to spend our fandom time in non-adjacent corners, there are quite a few people who meet both of us in similar but not identical contexts and don't realize (sometimes for YEARS) that we are sisters. Which is funny, because (a) we look like sisters, and (b) we share an uncommon last name. And yet there are people who will finally run into us at the same party talking to each other and say something like, "Oh, you two know each other? OH WAIT OF COURSE YOU ARE SISTERS. I can't believe I didn't realize that."

Date: 2011-06-10 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. So sorry the conference was such a pain for you. The entire thing was conceived and organized by three of my grad student colleagues, and all the rest of us were basically last minute volunteers. I actually think the reg table was staffed by my colleagues' undergrad students, so no wonder they didn't know better!

But yeah, you're right about the Gaiman thing. He was one of the two keynote folk, so they were surely trying to make sure that random students didn't wander in (there was a big event in the pub that evening as well).

At any rate, i have seen your name in comments / etc on Abi's posts for awhile, and assumed you were her sister, but i only just hit myself with a clue by four and recognized that i'd seen your name somewhere other than connected with Abi ;) You know sometimes you have that "am i crazy or do i remember something particularly odd..." feeling?

So hi there. Sorry again about the annoyance at that conference. My name's gabriel. Nice to make your online acquaintance.

Date: 2011-06-10 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think part of the high prices right at the moment is that Fit's (and many other Honda models) had their supply chain disrupted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. So it's harder to buy them new at the moment.

Date: 2011-06-10 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Just looking on car soup on my car, it doesn't look like my car lost much value.

Well... if I hadn't had an accident. Still, I am not looking to sell.

Date: 2011-06-10 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, CarSoup prices definitely would indicate that my car appreciated in value. A year older than mine, with slightly higher mileage than mine is currently at, is selling for more than I paid a year ago. Fit's with mileage equivalent to what mine was at when I bought it are selling for $1000-$1500 more than I paid.

Date: 2011-06-10 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know you will take this exactly the right way, as a joke as it was intended: but i hate you so much right now ;P

Date: 2011-06-10 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well - would that my house were also appreciating in value. Maybe that will make you hate me a little less? ;)

Date: 2011-06-10 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
;) Fair enough. And of course, i don't really hate you at all. Looking forward to seeing you in July.

Date: 2011-06-10 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Really makes me feel like it's the right idea to buy a Fit! Which is our choice of next new car. But our real top choice is to keep driving our, um, 13-year-old Saturn until it's not worth repairing any more...

Date: 2011-06-11 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice, nice, nice. :)

Date: 2011-06-14 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So could you sell your car at a profit, and buy another car? The opportunity to sell a used car at a profit is a relatively rare one, and probably should be seized whenever possible.

Date: 2011-06-17 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But, I would want to buy another Fit. Which would kind of defeat the purpose.. :)



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