Thursday, November 21, 2013

Anyone Seen My Balls?

I've been working at Don Ayres since September. Every time I go to work, I see this blue Honda Accord sitting on the lot. Last week, I told my dad about it. I figured it was completely far fetched that I would be able to lease this car for a reasonable price. I am only a year and a half into a three year lease and I'm driving a Civic. After looking online, I saw that this blue car was a 2013 and had all of the bells and whistles. Now I'm convinced I wouldn't be able to afford it. My dad said just talk to the sales manager and approach it the way you just explained to me. The next day I'm pondering calling or just going over to talk to the sales manager. By the way, I've leased five cars from this guy and now I'm working at the dealership. Yet, I'm chickening out at the thought of talking to him. I texted my dad and said I will talk to the sales manager when I find my balls. I'm usually not one to lose them, but I had in this situation.

I ended up stopping in to see the sales manager that day before I clocked in. It went well and later that night I got a quote. I said I had to think about it.  I called the next day and gave a counteroffer.  I had to wait over the weekend to hear back.  On Monday, I was told they couldn't get the price down any further. On Tuesday, a different sales manager asked if I had bought the car.  I explained what I'm paying now, what was offered, and what I offered to pay.  Ten minutes later, my offer was accepted.

This is the first time I've ever negotiated the lease of a car. I've always had my dad there and normally would call my mom at some point to discuss the monthly payment and budget.

I got home from work on Wednesday and there was something hanging on my door...

...yep, those are my balls. Thanks to my dad I now have a "trophy" aka my "balls." 

I guess this means I'm growing up.  I owe it to both my parents for teaching me well. 

Oh, here's my new car. Pretty, huh?




Saturday, November 2, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 30

Write a letter to your future mate saying whatever you want to say

I was watching Ellen's show from Friday over the weekend. Ellen tends to have a lot of singers on who I've never heard of. So, when she introduced Tori Kelly, I was quick to hit fast-forward on my DVR. But, for some reason, I waited to hear her sing. I wasn't thrilled when she first started singing. Not because she didn't have a great voice. But, because of the lyrics to her song. I kept listening and it didn't take me long to fall in love with this song. As I'm listening to the song, it dawns on me that this is exactly the words I was looking for to full fill day 30 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge. It may seem like an easy-out to this last challenge. For me it's not though. I had been thinking about this challenge for a long time. I kept thinking about what avenue I wanted to take. Did I want to reiterate all of the hurt and pain I've been through over the years. Did I want to elaborate on my laundry list of things I want in a mate? Did I want to explain what I thought to be my weaknesses from being single for so long? Did I want to beg my future mate to not hurt me like the rest of the guys had?  I had a lot of ideas but nothing that was different than what I'd written about in the past. This song really summed it up for me. Here are the lyrics... 

I like being independent
Not so much of an investment
No one to tell me what to do
I like being by myself
Don’t gotta entertain anybody else
No one to answer to

But sometimes, I just want somebody to hold
Someone to give me their jacket when its cold
Got that young love even when we’re old
Yeah sometimes, I want someone to grab my hand
Pick me up, pull me close, be my man
I will love you till the end

So if you’re out there I swear to be good to you
But I’m done lookin’, for my future someone
Cause when the time is right
You’ll be here, but for now
Dear no one, this is your love song

I don’t really like big crowds
I tend to shut people out
I like my space, yeah
But I’d love to have a soul mate
God will give him to me someday
&; I know it’ll be worth the wait

So if you’re out there I swear to be good to you
But I’m done lookin’, for my future someone
Cause when the time is right
You’ll be here, but for now
Dear no one, this is your love song

But sometimes, I just want somebody to hold
Someone to give me their jacket when its cold
Got that young love even when we’re old
Yeah sometimes, I want someone to grab my hand
Pick me up, pull me close, be my man
I will love you till the end

So if you’re out there I swear to be good to you
But I’m done lookin’, for my future someone
Cause when the time is right
You’ll be here, but for now
Dear no one, this is your love song

You can watch Tori's appearance on Ellen here.

Friday, November 1, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 29

Who is your closest or most special friend that you’ve never met and what do they mean to you? How did you cross paths? Talk about how you “met” them: Facebook, Twitter, an online support group, etc.

I definitely thought this would be an easy challenge because of all of the people I've talked with online. But, I got nothing. I just went through all of my Facebook friends. There are three people that I've never met. One guy was friends with a girl I used to work with at BBDS&B. She now lives in Michigan with a boyfriend who apparently controls her every move. Me and this guy became Facebook friends when I tried to check-up on her and see how she was doing. Both of us have not been in contact with her for years. So, we're Facebook friends and actually friends on Instagram too. He posts really funny and random pictures of him and his boyfriend.  They're adorbs. There are two other guys who I think I met on Yahoo.  Did Yahoo used to have a chat of some sort? Or, maybe I met them on Blackplanet (don't laugh) and then we chatted on Yahoo messenger? I don't know...that's how long it's been. The one guy lives in Rockford, IL (GO PEACHES! "There's no crying in baseball"). I think his timeline is actually hidden from my Facebook feed. The other guy lives in Indianapolis with his family. We comment/like each other's Facebook stuff once in a while.  

Twitter I mostly follow celebrities. I have a few friends that I personally know on there. I follow some of the former Mad Ants' players. I do have one favorite person I follow. Her name is Natalie and she lives in California. She used to be a producer (I believe) for Ryan Seacrest's radio show. She worked on a recent talk show called "The Talk." I'm not sure what she's doing now. But, she's by far the funniest person I follow. She watches a lot of the same shows I do and cusses like a trucker like I do. She doesn't follow me but she always responds to my tweets I send her. So I'm not sure I can really consider her a "special friend."