dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The practical solution to the car woes Elly can't see.

About ten or so years from now, Elly uses April as a go-between to passive-aggressive John into buying her a new ride because her old beater finally gives up the ghost. While she trades up to a sports utility vehicle and John a sportier version of a station wagon, he'd floated an idea that irritated the Hell out of Elly worse than simply buying a new sports car while leaving her with said old heap: getting three cars. His idea was to get her the Mormon Assault Vehicle, himself a station wagon for hauling stuff and a sports car for when he wanted to have a bit of fun. This was a non-starter because all she saw was two adults, three cars and an open temptation for the Martian to do something stupid.

The reason that I mention this is that this is the solution to the artificial dilemma willed upon us by Lynn's having trouble dealing with great big numbers. While the Lynn of 1987 knew that she made more than Rod, she didn't know how much more so she had no idea what they could both afford; this meant that her inability to quite cope with large figures means that a stupid compromise is made in which John is stuck with a some-weather car and the certainty of conflict with Elly.
Tags: elly versus reality

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