When he turned 16 and got his license, we allowed him to use an old car from a relative. At that time, my son had around $5k in savings. We made him a promise saying that we’d match whatever he ended up with at graduation. Reasonably, we thought he’d maybe double that to $10k through jobs and we’d match for a reasonable $20k car.
He now has $35k to use for a car. He said he did have a little over $10k but that he bought smart stock options in April and now will have around $35k after tax (personally I don’t think he did anything besides get stupid lucky).
He is insisting that we follow through with our promise and match that. Financially, it’s not a huge dent for us since he also surprised us with a nice merit scholarship (that he did earn). The problem arises in that we really don’t want to break the promise we made to him, but we also strongly believe that an 18 year old driving around in a SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR car is a very bad idea. He can’t even take it to school unti... keep reading on reddit ➡
From the protests in LA:
"NBA star J.R. Smith beat the living daylights out of a man who allegedly smashed his car window during the wild protests in L.A. ... and TMZ Sports has the video."
I don’t understand why it’s illegal in some places and under many circumstances to sleep in your car. Your car is your property and you should have the right to sleep in it without question. For any reason whatsoever. It could be that you can’t afford an apartment or you just decided not to drive home drunk and sleep in your car. Or any other damn reason. I understand if you park your car on someone’s property illegally and try to sleep in it you should be forced to find another spot but sleeping in your car should be legal. It’s property and no one should be telling me that I can’t sleep in it.
I think about this sometimes. I know it has a term, but I can’t think of it offhand. It blows my mind sometimes. I let myself get into a rut where I only notice what is happening in my life. Then out of nowhere I wonder what the person I just passed on the sidewalk is up to. Or the person that just passed me on the highway. Are they going to work? I wonder what they do. Are they meeting friends? I wonder what their friend group is like, what do they do for fun? Are they on their way to meet their family? I wonder what kind of stories they will share.
I like to be hit by this out of the blue. It makes me realize that everyone is living their life, just like me.
Edit: It’s called sonder. Thanks u/hedgy369
Edit: I really did not expect this to blow up. I’m happy to see all of the great discussion!
The police shot my (white) brother 14 times in a crowded Walmart parking lot killing him. He was wanted for a probation violation when a man we had never seen before jumped in front of the SUV we were in with a gun pointed directly at his head. He was driving. He began backing up in the opposite direction of the the man. The man ran towards us & within seconds confusion had set in. The music was loud, but the noises that came next is something I’ll never forget...I remember he shoved me on the floor board. Then acceleration, impact, the car coming to a dead drop then the smell of burnt skin & the sound of the horn. That man was a plain clothed officer, unbeknownst to us his partner was behind us. (to the side not in the way of the reversing vehicle) The both reloaded their guns twice. Bullets were found in the shops a football field away. I survived, my brother didn’t. I’ll never forget the smell of his burnt skin & the sound of the horn as he lay on it, dead weight. I had... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've been having these thoughts lately. All my life, I've been for the environment. I'm a lover of all things life, animals, plants, the world in general. I'm always recycling and declining the use of single-use plastics for a more sustainable alternative. I ride my bike to work on the days I don't take the subway, and my carbon footprint is overall pretty small.
All that being said, I have a love for cars. For the past few years I've been getting into the hobby more and more and have a growing appreciation for vehicles, not just the "Point A to Point B" aspect.
I recently purchased a new (to me) car which is considerably more gas-thirsty than my previous car. It doesn't affect the wallet as much as it affects my mindset while driving- I love getting good MPG but also love the feeling of speed! Does anyone else battle with these feelings? Honestly, these thoughts go away when I drop a gear and step on the gas.
This happens to me every single night multiple times. That shit is INCREDIBLY ANNOYING! You're disrupting 50+ people IN THEIR HOMES where they are trying to be at peace. FUCK YOU CUNT
I have an 8 year old daughter, and to make college more easily accessible for her, my ex wife and I each put money into a shared fund for her. My ex wife and I do not get along, but we make an effort for the sake of our daughter.
At the end of last year, my car basically blew up. Completely blew a gasket, broke down every time I drove it and ended up being written off. My current wife and I decided to save for a new car, and to wait for one I was sure I wanted as I loved my old car.
On my way home from work I drive past a really high end car dealership, basically sells vintage top class cars. They’re absolutely beautiful but I’ve never went in because they’re extremely expensive. A few days ago I drove past it and thought why not, I’ll have a look and just not buy anything. I walked in and saw a truly beautiful Mustang, rang my wife and told her I’d found the car I wanted. We hadn’t saved enough so I used the money from our savings, and without thinking dipped into the college fund... keep reading on reddit ➡
I (28 FTM) feel like a fucking Karen. Okay, so I fucking hate my Nissan rogue. The transmission died at only 70k miles. Thankfully it was covered by warranty, so I took it to a Nissan dealership to get the transmission replaced. They had it for a week. The day I dropped it off, I asked to talk to a seller to look into trading it in and getting a better car. I was paired with a pretty young guy, around my age (I'm 28). He did well showing me the cars, and then we went to his office to talk numbers.
At mo point during this did I curse, or act unprofessional. I'm making a purchase, not a friend. So when we sat down and he started talking about it's good that I'm getting a new car, because mine is fucked up. I was a little shocked that he would speak that way, but whatever. I curse a lot normally, I'm a veteran, I'm not a prude. But then he started escalating. Talking about this new car was big enough to get fucked in, and it would make me look more professional and mature. At that I go... keep reading on reddit ➡
Seeing tons of videos where protestors stand in front of a car and then surround it. Then, the driver gets spooked, accelerates and runs over one of the protestors. Then you see a bunch of protestors "shocked" that the driver had the audacity to try to escape a dangerous situation.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
If you want to protest, do it in a safe way and don't fucking threaten other people's lives.
If you do, don't expect sympathy when you get run over.