That’s how I roll.

My Guy and I broke our rule about no Valentine’s Day gifts. Basically, I let him buy me a car stereo. Because it’s 1990 and that’s cool.

The great thing about driving a 10-year-old car is that car payments are a distant memory. And when you back into your husband’s truckasaurus, it’s kind of OK because, well, you have a 10-year-old car.

The crummy thing about a 10-year-old car is that stuff starts to fall apart. The backlight on my stereo / clock went out about 3 years ago, so once it was dark, I had no idea what time it was beyond “nighttime.” And about a year ago, the stereo itself started being kind of possessed. It would occasionally play when the car was turned off. Yes, just like Stephen King’s “Christine.” Yes, it freaked me out.

And then the radio stopped playing when the car was turned on. Or, it would just screech. It was annoying, but it just didn’t occur to me that I could replace the stereo.

Enter my husband, who was all, “I looked online and we can replace your stereo for, like, $200. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Now, I’m from the Midwest, and I’m from a small town. I come from a long line of people who made it their professional calling not to be too flashy. Buying an after-market car stereo is pretty much the antithesis of being low-key and not flashy. I had images of my Honda now vibrating with bass, and I figured that any new stereo would also come with hydraulics and a neon undercarriage package.

I was apprehensive.

But it turns out I was wrong about the neon and the hydraulics. However, we didn’t take into account that the dash of the 2003 Accord has kind of a unique shape, and to completely replace the stereo and HVAC controls would cost an additional $300.

Uh, no.

So, we went with the $30 installation option, which didn’t replace the old stereo. This means that I now have not 1, but 2 stereos in my car, err, pimpmobile.

Two stereos. Granted, 1 doesn’t work. But on the other hand, the only thing worse that having a fancy (OK, not really – it just feels like it because it works) after-market stereo is having 2 car stereos. Pretty soon, I’m going to fill my trunk with subwoofers and woofers and a sound board like you see in recording studios. I’ll probably have to start wearing gold chains and wear my pants down around my ass, like an ass.

I guess it’s a small price to pay. I can listen to the radio in my car! It’s amazing!

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  • Reply Becky February 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Awesome! I got a new car stereo one year for Mother's Day. This sweet new baby came complete with a remote control, because when you are driving a Honda Civic, you don't want to have reach down and touch the stereo, no sir.

  • Reply smalltownme February 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Gotta have a stereo. Now my sons are of the generation that plug their ipods into their car stereos, but me… I need the CD player. And our truck has a cassette player also, in case we really want to rock the old school.

  • Reply Cassi Renee February 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I got a new car stereo for my birthday this past summer. It was actually repurposed –my husband had gotten a new car stereo for a truck he doesn't own anymore, and when he sold the truck he took this better stereo out and put the factory one back in. So, we had that one put in my car. It's old, but so is my car. I'm thinking both things will get an upgrade to new this summer 🙂

  • Reply Green Girl in Wisconsin February 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    The temptation to find some old trashed out subwoofers for you to put in the hatchback is SO great right now!
    I think I'd get twitchy driving too long without a radio–it is one of life's unappreciated luxuries now that you mention it.

  • Reply sherilee February 22, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I got a little fixated around "neon undercarriage package" and had a hard time focusing on anything else… I feel like I have been missing out, completely, that I didn't know that was a "thing."

    Yeah for Valentine's!

  • Reply Karen (formerly kcinnova) February 23, 2014 at 3:40 am


  • Reply Jen Anderson February 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I'm from Brooklyn, NY so I have occasionally seen neon accents on a car just driving around like it's not the most ridiculous thing ever.

    I once had a credit at my car repair shop and while I was standing there, trying to figure out what to spend it on (besides more repairs) another customer suggested that I get neon trim for my license plate holder.

    I just looked at him like "Do I LOOK like that kind of girl?!"

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