THIS is a Vehicle ALERT from the Wonkybent Broadcasting System:
Have you seen a Volvo XC70?
Does it need a new home??? As in, my house 🙂
Having an illness and/or disability can make you high maintenance in certain regards, such as the issue of chronic pain necessitating a more comfortable seat & overall ride experience in a vehicle. My exhaustive test-driving has led me to the conclusion that my personal special-needs – the “neediest” of which is hip pain (owing to avascular necrosis, which is caused by multiple courses of IV steroids to treat MS exacerbations) is best served with a luxury vehicle.
The term luxury is synonymous with “expensive,” of course, which might as well be synonymous with “out of my price range.” Hence, the pre-owned designation of this in-search-of car post that sounds more like a Wanted Poster or a Car “Amber” Alert. And, since I want/need this car, it would have to be a virtual unicorn, right? As unpopular as the traditional station wagon may be, it would seem the Volvo XC70 wagon is the most desired & therefore the least available in the used marketplace. Heck, it’s even hard to find in the new marketplace, with Volvo dealerships only having an average of one to a half-dozen in their inventory, when they have any at all.
If my body itself weren’t special-needs enough, imagine how challenging the right vehicle is to find when you throw an 80lb fluffy-golden always-with-me service dog into the mix: rear A/C vents, please, leather seats & low step-in vehicle height, please. Now add to that the frequent need to transport a recumbent trike: with a fold-flat cargo area, please, and low entry for lifting said wheels up and into the back of the car, please. See? When I say I’m special-needs, I kid you not.
So if you happen to know of or just happen upon a “lost” Volvo XC70 wagon, please let me know. Should I make her mine, I promise to pet her & hug her & squeeze her & call her George. If you don’t get that Loony Tunes reference, never mind; if you do, I adore you for being one of my people. :0)
THANK YOU for any tips/leads to my future comfort-bringing
Volvo XC70 dream car ~~~
***Beep Beep Beeeep***
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Brad Reiss said:
I too have MS but unfortunately can’t drive. My wife can. We own a garaged XC 90 at a second home in Colorado that we have that rarely gets used. I think it is about 8 years old. Get’s turned on to keep it fresh weekly and I think only has about 20K miles on it. We never thought about selling but I will ask my wife if she still wants to keep it. Your email was kind of funny because Volvo keeps sending us letter that they want to buy it for the company because it is apparently in such demand and they doesn’t seem to be any supply. I don’t even know what it should sell for. I’ll check with my wife and get back to you if you are interested.
In any case, I love your blog and your dog, stories, book chapter etc.
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Welcome to the blog! Is your vehicle an XC90 or XC70? The former is a little too high off of the ground for me to lift my recumbent trike into/out of safely, unfortunately. But if you’ve got the XC70 or a V70, which has an even lower ground-clearance than the XC, then YES, please let me know if you’re interested in selling it.
Thank you for the kind words about Luke the Wonder Dog, my posts, and most of all the book chapter. Since you read that post, you know the story of the Texas City Disaster has deep, personal connections for me. I hope to have the rough draft revised to “perfection” by the end of this summer. Since heat is my kryptonite & I live in South Texas, I do a lot more writing than riding from late June to early September. I need a house in Colorado like you! Then I could indulge both of my passions/obsessions during the summer months.
Maybe if I buy your car I’ll drive out there & become an artist/squatter. With the hopes that you’d have a hard time turning me over to the police because of my adorable service dog :0)
Here’s wishing you & your wife happiness & wellness,