Thursday, December 18, 2008

Uh... how is this my problem again?

So Brandon smacks up his car. Yes we're all thankful no one was hurt, but beyond that - this is really just his problem.

He is the one who has to buy another car

He is the one who has to pay the insurance increase

He is the one who has to pay the fine

He is the one who has to figure out how to get back and forth between two different jobs and school without it affecting the rest of the family. FAIL!

Take this morning for instance... he needs one of our remaining two cars because he is taking finals this week and the first test didn't begin until late morning - so the rest of us have to figure out how to get: Charli to work, Roseanna to her school, Austin to his school and me to my job with one... count em... ONE car!

Me thinks the bus schedule will be showing up on the kitchen counter tonight.

26 comments:

VE said...

FIRST!!!

VE said...

I suggest winning the lottery and you can all retire and collect stamps or something!

Jeff said...

ve - If I win the lottery the only thing I'll be collecting is frequent flier miles.

Kathy said...

I say keep the shuttle service plan, but he gets dropped off first -- at 6AM.

Good luck!

Bill said...

Brandon should find a girl with a car, but then you might end up supporting her too, Perhaps I could loan him grandma's car, but I don't think I dare ask!

Babs (Beetle) said...

I think Kathy's suggestion is a good one ;O)

Where teenagers are concerned the rest of the family always seem to suffer for their mess ups. It's par for the course.

Heather said...

Too bad it's winter, he could be required to ride a bike!

kapgar said...

Why can't he take the bus or have a friend drive him to class?

Elizabeth said...

He has two jobs? Wow that's impressive for a high school student!

Karen MEG said...

Glad he wasn't hurt in the accident ... just keep reminding yourself of that while you grin and bear it.

The bus schedule isn't just a bad thing...

ha, word verif was "dorkins"

Jeff said...

kathy - Sorry Kathy... the shuttle service is not in service at 6 a.m. at this hotel!

bill - I bet mom would let Brandon drive her car if we lived up there. After all, she WAS his first babysitter.

babs - I just wish it wasn't such a huge course.

heather - Now you're talking! Maybe I can put snow tires on his bike.

kapgar - He doesn't carpool because he goes to the university here as a post secondary high school student, so he has a weird schedule.

elizabeth - What can I say... the kid LOVES money.

karen - I agree. We're all thankful he wasn't hurt. But now it's time for him to get some new wheels!

Roger said...

We're all worried about the health of our children, so is walking out of the question? I know that was how I got around when my car was unavailable. Oh, and it was winter too, so that's not an excuse. :)

Since Brandon is still at home, doesn't that mean YOUR insurance rates will also go up? It does here in Illinois, which I think is total caca - but no one cares what I think apparently.

Drowsey Monkey said...

lol - yes, the bus schedle is your friend. That was my personal mode of transportation until I was THIRTY TWO. I got lots of cry-me-a-river story if you need one ;)

Jacki said...

Yeah, the bus schedule would be a good hint.

Maureen said...

Ugh... I feel your pain. How soon we get used to the freedom of a multiple car family; we did fine with one car until daughter was born. Then we got a second to be able to shuttle back and forth from daycare and school. Then daughter got her own set of wheels this year. We now have THREE cars, one for each of us. And when one breaks down, we scramble to arrange rides. Just this past week I took a vacation day so Daughter would have the van to go to exams while her car was being repaired.

Bill said...

Nobody is perfect, and it was a dumb thing, but we are proud of Brandon. If I was rich, I would buy him transportation just for taking college courses in High School, and working two jobs.

Avitable said...

Nope. Still your problem until he lives in his own house!

:)

Mom Thumb said...

Oh, quit being a whiny baby. I spent two years driving my daughter to school and it was one hour round trip. And I had to do another hour in the afternoon to pick her up. And it was uphill. Both ways. In the snow.

Charli said...

Mom thumb - HAHAHAHA

April said...

I'm thinking he should get a bus pass for Xmas!

mom said...

You are absolutely right! I sure would let Brandon use my car if you lived here!!! The first thing I said to Dad when we heard about the accident, was, "I wish we could buy Brandon a car."

JD at I Do Things said...

Oh, boy. I don't envy you. I do like Kathy's suggestion. Nothing drills a message home like having to wait around school for 5 hours.

JD at I Do Things

Windyridge said...

You're lucky you have that option. Here there is no such option unfortunately.

Jeff said...

roger - Yep. He is under our insurance, but he pays the difference of what it costs to have him on it... PLUS the increase he is now going to cause.

drowsey - I've ridden your busses. AND was nearly killed by your streetcars! Still, they're very efficient.

jacki - Heh. I think I'll put one in his Christmas stocking.

maureen - Exactly. We've really become dependent on him having a car. Especially since he's been driving for nearly 2 years now.

bill - I know you would. One thing no one can ever call you is selfish. :-)

avitable - Gah! Bite your tongue!

mom thumb - I had no idea it snowed that much in Oklahoma. The things you learn in the blogsphere. Huh.

charli - I agree. She's a very funny lady.

april - You read my mind. And apparently my previous comment before I even wrote it!

mom - Thanks. You two are too sweet. But having him earn and save money for a new car is a good lesson for him, and he'll be better off and value it more if he has to work for it.

jd - Just think of the homework and studying he could get done too! Then he could get on the Dean's list and earn a scholarship for a full ride through college. Say, this IS turning into a good plan!

windyridge - What, the buses don't come out to the country? What a gyp!

Windyridge said...

No, no buses, or at least not with any regularity to be useful.

yellojkt said...

I dropped the collision/comprehensive on my son's car because it's not worth it. He wrecks, he's on his own. At least that is my bold pronouncement on this hypothetical occurrence. As your post indicates, there are unintended ramifications.