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Old 06-18-2019, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I so wish I'd get over it one day, humanizing my car, but I can't help myself!

A few weeks ago I promised my car I'd take it for a nice long run to the Border and back, and, at the last minute, my neighbor wished to go as well but wanted to take her car. Oh Lord, how was I going to break this news to my car? So I promised my car, after I got back, I'd drive it north to Casa Grande and back, to relieve my guilt, which I did.

Sometimes, I just wish to take my bike over to the grocery store, and when I take it out of the house the car can see me with the bicycle, and it makes me feel guilty. What I should do is take the bicycle out the back door so he can't see me hop on my bike.

Yes, you can call me a Crazy Loon, but there must be one other poster coming aboard who's as crazy as I am!

And don't forget, a study I read, long ago, indicated that 68% of car owners talk to their cars, but how many feel guilty as I sometimes.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Tricity
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You have a very strange relationship with your car. Did you talk about it with a doctor?
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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The title of this thread attracted my attention because I did have a car that made me feel guilty. It was a top of the line muscle car that I bought new. I ordered every possible performance option plus more (T-tops for example). I had to cut back on my charitable giving that year to afford it. It used a lot of gas and was expensive to insure and maintain. I drove past people begging for food along the road pretty much every day. I realized I could have bought a much cheaper car and donated the difference. I also realized that kind of thinking leads to an unending path. I could just live in a tent, have only one pair of shoes and take a bus to work and donate the rest. Then I would get out on the open road and suddenly forgot about my guilty feelings. But, yes, it did make me feel guilty at times. After I had driven it for 15 years, it no longer did. In fact, I parked it around the corner when I went to some business meetings. Some people expected their hotshot lawyer to drive a newer/fancier car.

But that is a different kind of guilty. My car and my bicycle are good friends and do not get jealous of each other. They get a bit upset when I show a preference for my feet or my kayak, but it rarely makes me feel guilty. I sometimes play favorites with my kids too. (I tell them my favorite is whichever one i am looking at at the moment).
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:48 AM
 
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I so wish I'd get over it one day, humanizing my car, but I can't help myself!

A few weeks ago I promised my car I'd take it for a nice long run to the Border and back, and, at the last minute, my neighbor wished to go as well but wanted to take her car. Oh Lord, how was I going to break this news to my car? So I promised my car, after I got back, I'd drive it north to Casa Grande and back, to relieve my guilt, which I did.

Sometimes, I just wish to take my bike over to the grocery store, and when I take it out of the house the car can see me with the bicycle, and it makes me feel guilty. What I should do is take the bicycle out the back door so he can't see me hop on my bike.

Yes, you can call me a Crazy Loon, but there must be one other poster coming aboard who's as crazy as I am!

And don't forget, a study I read, long ago, indicated that 68% of car owners talk to their cars, but how many feel guilty as I sometimes.
You Sir, are a FREAK!
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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It's your car, not your dog.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:04 AM
 
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I so wish I'd get over it one day, humanizing my car, but I can't help myself!

A few weeks ago I promised my car I'd take it for a nice long run to the Border and back, and, at the last minute, my neighbor wished to go as well but wanted to take her car. Oh Lord, how was I going to break this news to my car? So I promised my car, after I got back, I'd drive it north to Casa Grande and back, to relieve my guilt, which I did.

Sometimes, I just wish to take my bike over to the grocery store, and when I take it out of the house the car can see me with the bicycle, and it makes me feel guilty. What I should do is take the bicycle out the back door so he can't see me hop on my bike.

Yes, you can call me a Crazy Loon, but there must be one other poster coming aboard who's as crazy as I am!

And don't forget, a study I read, long ago, indicated that 68% of car owners talk to their cars, but how many feel guilty as I sometimes.
I think you and your car should see other people.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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No, I don't let them get to me like that. They know who's in charge. And if they give me any guff I just turn it right back on them.

For instance, I had a Bonneville that decided not to start out of the blue. I had another car so I just drove that one for awhile and didn't even look at the Bonneville for about two weeks. Next time I went to start it up it fired right off and never gave me any more trouble as long as I owned it. It learned that if it wanted any attention from me it had to be ready to go when I wanted it to.

In your case I think being open and honest with your car is the key. Just let it know that there are other conveyances in your life that also deserve your attention, and that sometimes other people who love their cars will want to take you along with them. Maybe point out that the additional rest will be good for it, and will allow you to have many more happy years together as a result.
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Too funny OP.



My wife and I have 4 vehicles and sometimes I do feel bad if one has sat for a week without getting out for some exercise.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I so wish I'd get over it one day, humanizing my car, but I can't help myself!

A few weeks ago I promised my car I'd take it for a nice long run to the Border and back, and, at the last minute, my neighbor wished to go as well but wanted to take her car. Oh Lord, how was I going to break this news to my car?
You promised your car that you'd take it to Taco Bell?

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Old 06-18-2019, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Hey, I talk to my car! Mainly a one sided conversation but that's okay.

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