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I’m a big fan of saving money. Earlier this year, I penned this post about how I immediately dismissed the idea of paying $26,200 to a kitchen designer and find just a good a person for a mere $1,900. That savings single-handedly paid for all my new appliances. This weekend, I experienced something on a smaller scale, but I still feel really good about pandering to my thrifty instincts.
We’ve got an older Lexus which I use as kind of a “beater” car. A few months ago, a very large dent appeared on the front bumper. I’m not sure how it took place, although maybe someone hit me when I was parked in a lot somewhere. I’m not vain enough to get hung up on such things, but I confess it was a little embarrassing to be driving around with this thing.
I don’t think any of us have ever lived through deflation, but recent Tesla purchasers have. I’m not referring to TSLA, but the car itself. Imagine having shelled out $120,990 for this vehicle and, after the damned thing has already been battered with depreciation, finding out that a person could buy a completely new vehicle for less than your used car is worth.
It is early morning, with the fog-shrouded sky concealing the puny amount of sunlight on the horizon. I am walking my two large dogs on the wild lawn of Palo Alto’s main post office, constructed during the Great Depression and looking every bit worse for the wear. The dogs are both gnawing on long strands of grass, having found the very specific variety of plant that they seem to favor, and I gaze off into the parking lot on the other side of Hamilton Avenue.