At 11:30 AM 11/8/2003, you wrote:
Steven Montgomery wrote:
Well, the other day I traded it for an almost brand new EZ3-Trike (A 21 speed recumbent trike which can go faster than a mountain bike. My kids can't ride a regular bike so we were looking for various types of trikes that they could ride) worth $750.00. Which means that after using the pickup for more than eight years we sold it for only $50.00 less than we what we bought it for. How's that for thrift? Anyone else have similar "thrift" stories to tell?

In 1975 I bought a 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass for a hundred dollars. Fours years and 40,000 miles later I sold it for 30 dollars to a junk man. During that 4 years I did all the work on it myself. The only time I ever took it to a mechanic was for a smog inspection certificate. --JWR

Another time (Somewhere between 1992 and 1995) I bought a used Datsun B-210 (I don't remember the year) for $350.00. After driving it for five years, with absolutely no maintenance on it except new tires and a new battery, I gave it away to a kid in the neighborhood. I figured that if the original amount was spread out over those five years I spent less than $6.00 a month. What's more, every year my taxes and insurance was much lower than if I owned a new car. Unless one can really afford a new car I don't see the benefit to owning one.

Steven Montgomery

"But where some say is the king of America? IŽll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the royal brute of Great Britain. Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the Word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is king. For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other." (Thomas Paine, _Common Sense_)

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