Take her car shopping. They love shopping. Do not rush her. Take her to the
Mini dealer and let her "decide". If she wants a car other than the VW then
fine you will wax, drive, maintain whatever she chooses. If it turns out she
still wants a VW. Bite the bullet, lip whatever. If you keep the DTI
(Domestic Tranquility Index) high at home, you will find that the purchase of
the cool Lempert rear end gears dont raise an eyebrow.
As long as I can keep driving and maintaining my Healey I do not care what my
wife drives. Dont piss her off or you will find yourself in your workshop
building a jet powered beer cooler rather than rebuilding a Healey distributor.
And you will STILL have to drive the pink VW.
The moment you put yer foot down you will lower the all important DTI. It is a
slippery slope yer on.
Can't you ask an easy question?
---- Rizzo Steven D LtCol AETC/A5RU <Steven.Rizzo@RANDOLPH.AF.MIL> wrote:
> Hello, Listers,
> I have a somewhat unique situation that I need help with. I know you are
> all experienced in virtually everything there is about Healeys, but also
> about Healeys and relationships with the spouse. So, I request advice on
> how to handle this - and also, is it just me or is this not really an issue
> at all? I hope you don't think it is OT.
> Situation: I have a nice '65 BJ8. Also, sold the Detroit iron daily ride
> last fall and indulged myself by purchasing a Limited Edition Mazda MX-5
> (the new Miata). It is 'velocity red mica' and has all the performance
> goodies. I love driving it when driving the Healey is not feasible - for
> example, the daily commute. Wife has a nice three year old small SUV (that
> she had to have at the time....). Now, last weekend she decided she really
> wants a new yellow Volkswagen Beetle convertible. Ordinarily, this would
> not be a problem in and of itself as I pretty much give her what she wants;
> but in our case she almost always wants me to drive when we go together
> somewhere and also almost always insists we take her vehicle. The problem
> is that I just cannot 'see' myself driving a Volkswagen Beetle. Never
> cared for them in the past and really don't want to have anything to do with
> one. Not only would I have to drive the darn thing, I would be expected to
> keep it washed, waxed, and in good repair. Am I unusual in that I cannot
> stand the thought of having to drive in public in one of those things???
> How can an Austin Healey guy drive a VW? What to do???