I got to my destination, but it was obvious that not only was the wheel damaged, but the car was seriously out of alignment. To drive in a straight line, I had to keep the steering wheel cocked to the left. Already frazzled and upset, I became absolutely annoyed and vexed with the way everyone who saw that wheel knew exactly what I'd just done. You hit a curb. Of course, these are people who get up early in order to annoy me, but this time, I'd driven in with a KICK ME sign on my forehead. Nothin' I could do about it.
Ekim came to the rescue, of course, putting on my spare and driving ahead of me home, in case I had problems. Then, it was off to the nieces' graduation! It was a lovely, festive day in the park, exciting and happy! What a morning. It looked like the whole community was there. Ekim and I got to congratulate the girls and their proud parents, and then had a very nice lunchtime with my parents (TLP and Niks).
And then--Ekim raised the question should we repair this car? He thought not, and--facing what I'd done to it, I had to agree. Wheel, tire, alignment, and something under there looked bent. This looked hideously expensive for a car that's been around for fourteen years.
We went from lunch to used car shopping. It was a most productive day. We searched several lots, got a couple prices, and then settled on a 2006 Saturn Ion, the nicest car I've ever owned.
I don't deserve this car, and I feel guilty about wrecking and leaving my little red friend behind, but--I do love this Ion. I can't help it. I was lucky that I wasn't hurt, lucky I didn't hurt anyone or anything else, lucky that I didn't even miss an event, and lucky that we were able to buy me another car, and so quickly. No one was even inconvenienced.
I've been telling people that it was just time to replace the Geo. I don't feel the need to advertise the fact that I do stupid things--that's obvious enough.