For a little while now I've been thinking that my time with this magnificent beast is drawing to a close. There is no problem with it, and I do enjoy driving it (probably too much be honest). I'm probably not even really done with it if the truth be known. It's just, with petrol the price it is, it's just too damn expensive to run.
I found myself filling up at a petrol station
in Wales for the return journey back to BelongaClint and paying a
whopping £2.01.9 for a litre of go-go juice. This meant that my tank
full was over £180.00! All this from a petrol station that had the
slogan "Driving down the cost of motoring" across the door! Hmm, to be
fair to them I did stop at the services for a wee on the way home and
the petrol there was £2.08.9 a litre, so I guess they were cheaper, but
still, to me, it sounded like a lot. I was feeling pretty irritated
already, but something that's been bugging me forever is that it was
£2.01.9. Why do we need that .9 of a penny, are they trying to make it
out like it's cheaper or something because it's not a whole penny? Just
call it what it freakin' is, £2.02... Idiots! Perhaps I was feeling
particularly grumpy this day, but it just got to me, and I felt like I was on the verge of a proper Basil Fawlty moment! Anyway, with the
best part of £200 worth of petrol on board I set off for home...
Gingerly! I carry next to nothing in the Bentley in an effort to save
money by carrying less weight, I'm even starting to wonder if driving
naked might be an option? Of course this means walking out to the car
naked, and walking from the car to the house naked, because there'd be
no saving if you took the clothes with you, the weight would still be
there, and if that's the case you might as well be wearing them. The
problem with this however would be the day I tried it would most likely
be the same day that I broke down beside the motorway and had to call
out the RAC. Imagine that conversation. "Erm, hello, I've broken down
beside the M4, could you please send someone to collect me, and have them bring
a pair of boxers, a T-shirt and some trousers. I was trying to
save some money by making the car as light as possible, so I'm not
wearing any clothes!" Yeah, not good, although it should give everyone from the person answering the phone call at the RAC to the patrolman a good chuckle.
So it's time to put my sensible head on really, and come to terms with the idea that my days of Bentley ownership are drawing to a close. I've got a couple of things I want to do with it first, including a school prom. Then after that, and short of a big lottery win, then I think it'll probably be up for sale. I'd like to keep it for the school Summer holiday, but the reality of that is that if I do keep it, then we probably won't go anywhere or do anything as the funds will be low, and I really don't want that. I like to take my two little Monsters out during the holiday, and actually I wouldn't mind going away for a week or so even if it is just to the secret hideout in Wales one last time, at least it'll be a bit of a break away. But I guess we'll have to see how it goes. Updates as they occur.