“Rewarding and cheap because it is a Buick”

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 Evidently it isn’t enough that I have to suffer through valentines-as-paper-airplanes.
My father-in-law sent this little gem along today, explaining that I have this kind of thing to look forward to, also.
Times two.
I’ve stopped laughing just long enough to post this priceless piece of the past.
Since it is SO funny and SO completely without irony, I don’t think you need much editorial from me on this note, written by my clearly desperate-for-a-car husband, circa 1985.
 In case you didn’t know just how smokin’ hot the Opel Manta really is.
And my husband says to any of his offspring that might someday be reading this, “it didn’t work for me, and it won’t work for you.”
You have a salubrious day now.

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25 Responses to ““Rewarding and cheap because it is a Buick””

  1. Jess Says:

    “Like your Jag” might be the best line in the whole thing. I’m not sure, though.

  2. erin Says:

    hilarious. why do parents hold on to this stuff?

    i totally remember writing stuff like this to my parents/making these kinds of arguments to try and win them over.

  3. sdh Says:

    oh my god, “like your jag!” that whole letter is hilarious. can’t wait to tease B this weekend.

  4. Stephanie Says:

    Oh my god, I read the letter and thought it was hysterical. But I thought you just pulled it off the internet somewhere. Then I reread and oh my goodness, knowing that your husband wrote it is even funnier!

  5. desperate-for-a-car husband, circa 2008 Says:

    Yup, that’s my handwriting, for sure…

    The car story does have a happy ending tho. Finally, after about another year of pressure, I scored my Dad’s 1979, 70 hp, diesel, Peugeot 504. She was slow, noisy and built like a tank. Not exactly what a 16 year old would consider a chick magnet (which is why, I am sure, my parents finally conceeded) but it got me behind the wheel! I have many fond memories of that car. Her name was Penelope and I drove her until 1996.

    And, if anyone is wondering, I am more of a station wagon kind of guy now – although secretly I sometimes pretend I am driving an Audi TT convertible…

  6. Sonia Says:

    Very very funny. Good effort on his part!

    A guy I went to HS with did buy a piece of crap 67 Chevelle and spent a ton of time and money restoring it to its former glory.

    Too bad dad didn’t take the bait, he may still have the rewarding Buick to take out for weekend journeys!

  7. christine Says:

    tee hee hee. he said “salubrious.” rock on, brian. rock on.

  8. laura Says:

    How old was Brian when he wrote this? I like how he says “something I can call my own. Like your Jag.” It’s like saying, come on dad if you can have a Jag can’t I at least have an old Euro Buick? Did he ever learn how to repair cars like he so desperately wanted to?

  9. itsallabouthallie Says:

    That was awesome!! Very funny!! Oh just wait! You have two boys to look forward to asking for the keys to your car!

  10. kcancio Says:

    Oh my gosh, that is hilarious! Aren’t you so glad your fil kept that?

  11. Mike Says:

    I’m not even sure what salubrious means. My first car? A ‘vette. Not cor. Chev. 🙂

  12. Heidi Says:

    Your hus is good, I can’t believe the note didn’t work. LOL! Cool looking car though.
    Caught up on your posts. Glad to read you had a good time here in Vermont. I can’t wait for all the snow to go away.

  13. Anth Says:

    Lol that is hilarious! Salubrious?? I like the “Like your Jag” line too.

  14. Shannon Says:

    ohmigod! Adorable post! Before we know it, Will will be sending you an email with a plea for and link to his dream car!

    We finally got some snow! Want to play???

  15. Marie Says:

    this is the absolute funniest thing i’ve read in a long time…you are sooo convincing, can’t believe it took so long to work.

  16. Sarah G now B Says:

    I just looked up salubrious.

  17. Anna Says:



    I had to look it up, too!

  18. ChiaLynn Says:

    Hey, I have very fond memories of an Opel and a boy named Keith. circa 1988. (I remember the year because we’d gone to see “Beetlejuice.”)

  19. Amily Says:

    Hilarious!!! Just priceless!! (Phil who is resting in my arms enjoyed it too and he said he can’t wait to meet Henry and Will…)

  20. Christina Says:

    Oooh Anna, you’ve got your hands full with two of this man’s offspring! I can barely stop laughing. Have a salubrious day!

  21. Chelle Says:

    He was winning back a few points with me for the Peugeot, but then he had to mention he named the car Penelope… Just for the record, my salt n pepper named his car The AntiChrist.

    But my favorite part was the bit about having nice lines.
    Nice, line…

  22. Chelle Says:

    Gadzooks! After further investigation it has been revealed that my beloved salt n pepper’s first vehicle was indeed an Opel Manta of similar vintage. He will not confess to the naming convention for this vehicle. However, I suspect it might have been Penelope.


  23. Anna Says:

    I think they are separated at birth, Chelle!

  24. libound Says:

    ohohoho! That is the cutest ever, and B. is pretty cute anyway!!! My dad had a peugeot named Anatole. Do people who name cars end up marrying one another, Joanie J?

  25. arizaphale Says:

    For me the best line is ‘the price is good and could probably be lowered…’
    Is your husband a lawyer? I would totally have let him ‘look’ at the car 🙂 We are about to enter this ballpark with No2 Son (19) who ‘needs a car to get a job’! And if you believe that…….

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