Monday, August 14, 2006

Just Fitting In

It used to bother me that I was missing a hubcap. Like, really bother me. I felt like everyone was staring and pointing when I drove by. I personally may have looked like a young, professional person .... but I was driving a Neon that was missing a hubcap. I mean, really!

I don't know when or how it fell off. One day, it was just gone. It took a while to hunt down a replacement, but I was determined. I would not have people pointing and laughing at me—at least over something I could control. Apparently, you can't just buy one hubcap. You have to buy an entire replacement set. Which I did, more than a month ago.

And that's when I lost my obsession with the hubcap. I think it has something to do with the fact that, parking on the street at work in a not-very-nice neighborhood, it's better to make sure people know up-front that your car isn't worth breaking into. Between my missing hubcap outside and factory-issue tape player inside, I never fear for the safety of my little Neon.

I think it may also have something to do with the fact that, to me, the main hurdle to putting on a new hubcap was actually getting the hubcap. Now that I've found a set, well, I'm not too bothered about it anymore.

I guess we'll get to it sometime. Sooner, if Keith has his say. But I'm okay with my white-trash-looking car for now. Maybe I'll even run out and get some fuzzy dice and leopard-print seat covers. Except those might seem enticing to a thief; I'm sure their resale value is tremendous.


cat said...

Don't forget the fuzzy steering-wheel cover. No white trash car is complete without it.

Anonymous said...

What you didn't go to Hubcap Heaven? They are in the phone book and also sell at the flea market in Brookpark. Tell them your make model and how many you might need and voila. You can even get slightly used ones. All prices are quite reasonable - well if the price for a hubcap can be considered reasonable.

M. Lubbers said...

Maybe a fuzzy steering wheel cover and large, homemade spoiler. Or would that be overdoing it?

I've never heard of Hubcap Heaven before, but I'll keep it in mind for the next time! With the state of the roads by work, the next time will be coming very shortly, I'm sure.