God, I so want to get away from anything to do with cars...I swear, sometimes they seem to represent the absolute worst our society has to offer. A buddy of mine just had his car keyed twice in six months at a train station, my mothers car, the first new one shes ever owned has been hit 5 times in parking lots (at least once at her church), nobody leaving a note, of course. And now it's my turn. Last March I bought a 2001 RAV 4 L, which is by far the nicest car I've ever owned. And it was actually a big part of the reason I started commuting - I want it to last as long as possible, and I have a 17 mile commute, which translates to 8840 miles over the course of the year, round trip. When you factor in all the driving I have to do when not on the job, it's really going to get prematurely aged...so, bought a bicycle. And really paying a lot of attention to preventative maintenance. My check engine light came on, so I took it in to have it taken care of (under warranty), and they told me I was ready for my 15k mile service. Sure, fine, do it - I want the car to last. So I pick it up today, stop at a supermarket on the way home, am psyched to get a parking space right in front, go in, get what I gotta get, am out less than ten minutes later. To see a huge dent right on the drivers side front corner of the car. So now I'm going to have to either drive around with a dent, or pay my deductable, cause of course, no one stuck around, and no one saw anything.
I drive a tractor trailer at my day job...the one thing I think all day in the truck, and the one thing I think when I'm on my bike commuting or riding for fun: I hate being near cars. I now understand, that although I originally thought I was buying the bike to extend the life of my car, lessen my imact on the environment, and get into better shape, I was wrong. I really bought it to get away from cars and the idiots who drive them. >:-(