Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shifting Gears

Searching for cars in the Philippines is a nightmare...

There is no Craig's List...

Autotrader? Forget it.

We drove around looking for "displays" on the side of the road... yuck.

Lee: Here, look at these... I printed some of the car listings off the computer.

Me: Ok. Hmmm.... 1987? You do realize we were in diapers when this car was manufactured?
You're kidding.... right?

As you can see we have a wide range of models to choose from...

And I don't think it matters what country you're in, used car salesmen... they are all the same. The difference here is that half of the cars they are selling aren't even in their names... registering a car over here is such a pain... people just don't do it. It's great...

After weeks of searching, we did finally find a car, but not without experiencing a drive by shooting and being subjected to a 6-year-olds birthday party.

(And yes, mom and dad, I'm fine. We drove up on the bullet filled car after it happened... no big deal. Apparently, this was a hit on some guy who needs to be more careful about his business transactions... But I just want to state for the record that this can happen anywhere... so there is no need for a phone call about the dangers of living in the Philippines, because frankly, I feared more for my life at the birthday party... surrounded by screaming six-year-olds... and eating pink spaghetti. I'm just asking for a little perspective...)

So we got our car... it's a 1999 Honda... something or other... not real sure, it's green, I know that. And it's a manual...

My experiences driving a manual include the following...

- 16-years-old... mom teaching me to drive a stick in the hospital parking lot. Screaming... car dying... gear grinding... in the end the automatic was driven in from another dealership. Fail.

- 18-years-old... shifting gears from the passenger seat in Lee's ancient two ton truck... while he operated the clutch... talked on the phone... and ate a cheeseburger.

Lee: Ok, shift into 3rd.

Me: Ok, Ahhhh!!!! ... did I do it?

Lee: No.

Eventually, I got better. But, I'm still... Fail.

So this should be interesting...