One-up worth two houses

I once owned a house in Sturgis, Mich. This was extremely convenient since I happened to be living in Sturgis at the time.

It was a nice place — three bedrooms on a lot-and-a-half, on a nice shady street, with the town’s only surviving elm tree in the backyard. And it had a heated garage that was massive, big enough for two cars, a motorcycle and various pieces of lawn equipment, with enough room left over for a big four-wheel-drive diesel pickup truck with dual rear wheels.

I bring up the truck because that’s what I’m looking to buy in the near future. And I bring up the house in Sturgis because its price was approximately half of what it’s going to cost me to buy the aforementioned truck.

Yes, yes, I know those were 1976 dollars for the house and I’ll be spending 2012 dollars on the truck. Even so, it still looks like spending two 1976 houses’ worth of money on one truck, and if that thought hits you at the wrong time it will make you spit root beer all over the place. Trust me on this one.

The question then becomes, “Are you sure you need all that pickup truck, Michael? Isn’t that showing off? Aren’t you really just fantasizing about making all your cousins envious when you pull up to the next family reunion in a 2012 Heavy-Duty Manlyhauler?”

Well, yes. Also yes, and yes.

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