We just purchased a new vehicle - used, but new for us. It is a 97 Jeep Cherokee and we got it a couple thousand below the Blue Book price. Nice and nicer. It's got its downsides, but overall the vehicle is very cool. And that's what matters, isn't it, that it's cool? My greatest grievance is that I don't get to drive it during the week. Laura drives it to work while I drive around the minivan. The de-masculinization continues.
In North Carolina, we have a tax-free weekend "holiday" before school starts each year. You can shop for school supplies - computers, clothes, supplies, etc - without having to pay taxes on any of it. It starts today. Last night on the little news-blurb commercials - you know the ones: "Thousands die of local plague. We'll tell you how you can avoid certain death at 11:00." - the anchor wondered if, with our current budget woes, we deserved a tax-free weekend. Laura and I laughed and laughed and laughed. Deserve? Pish.