I’ve been at the new job now for almost 2 weeks. I finished up my training after the first 3 days and am now sitting with a more experienced employee, learning the in’s and outs of the system. I received my work schedule, actually they let me pick it. I’m working 4 days (10 hour shifts) and have 3 days off. It’s an adjustment but seems to be working well. I have to drive to work, against traffic, so my commute in the morning isn’t really bad at all. I took BART, my blazer in to get him aligned only to find out that the box that controls steering was totally shot and would cost me close to 400 dollars, ouch!! Well, after a little mental freak-out, I decided that it was time for a new car. I really want reliable transportation and just think that buying a used used car rather than a new one was not the way I should go. I’ve seen many friends go that route only to regret it 4 or 5 months down the line. So Tuesday I went to two different dealers that I had spoken with and went car shopping. I will spare you, dear reader, from the hell that is credit history, waiting, finance companys requirements, mistakes made in your 20’s dialog. The end result, after much prayer and affirmations is that I’m now the proud owner of a 2001 kia spectra. It felt almost surreal driving this new car, it is mine, I have to keep reminding myself of this. I’m sure once the financing bills start coming it’ll wake me up real quick. It’s quite a switch from driving an SUV to driving a sporty little car. I like it but after driving BART for 6 years you get used to driving a certain way. This really is an opportunity to continue rebuilding my credit and move forward with my life. My payments will be a bit higher than I would like, not to mention the interest rate, however, after a few months I’ll look to refinance and get a lower interest rate. I have today (Thursday) off and I’m planning on enjoying it and perhaps driving somewhere, I’m just not sure where yet. The only scary thing is that now that I have payments to make I have to keep this job, my monthly expenses just went up a bit. The pressure of responsibility. Merry Xmas and an early Happy Birthday ( my birthday is Jan 1) present to myself.