I know many of you are. My brother can fix his basement nuclear psychocelerometer with half his brain tied behind his back. And Dad could repair any squirrel torture/execution type device.
But there are few things i can fix. And having been a homeowner at this location for 28 years, i have incurred much expense that others haven’t.
Washing machine? clueless.
Plumbing and electric? no chance
Car? pay up.
So that leads, naturally, to my old car.
When I returned home from my mental health vacation, my son also returned home from college. With a 2005 Honda, with lower mileage. And he didn’t need it anymore.
Soooo, I took my 2002 Honda off the road, eventually thinking I would sell it for about 2500 dollars. But I wound up keeping the car off the road for a year, during which the battery died. Had no idea whether it still worked.
Two weeks ago, an interesting young man, obviously a rough around the edges kid who worked as a handyman, came by to ask about the car.
And I gave it to him. Free. For two reasons. First, had no idea whether it still worked. And second, I thought he might help me out with handyman duties.
To put it mildly, this young man has already almost made up for what I lost by giving the car away. Fixed two appliances, completely repaired the deck off the back of my house, and measured up my furnace for a new two speed blower.
He has also offered to mow my lawn and plow my driveway.
Since I still don’t know if the car works, I have insisted on paying him for his work. He steadfastly refuses to take any money.
So, I guess the moral of this story is that if you sometimes take a financial hit on the frontend, you get more then paid back on the tail end.
Or something to that effect…