Me: What are you looking at?
Serious Honey: Wheels.
Me: For what?
SH: For my car. Look! You can see what the wheels would look like on the car. I can even do it in the right color. Here’s a red Passat with the wheels I like.
Me: Oh. How much does something like that cost?
SH: These are on sale. They’re about $80 each.
Me: That’s almost $400!
SH: Some of them cost $500 apiece. That’s why I’m thinking of getting these while they’re such a good price.
Me: Don’t you already have wheels on your car?
SH: [Some long, complicated car guy explanation of factory-installed steel with wheel covers vs. decorative aluminum wheels that are beneath the springs and improve handling and mileage. But the main thing is appearance.]
Me: So you want them because they’re pretty?
SH: Because they make my car look better.
Me: And this is something you can just switch out with the wheels you already have.
Me: You already have wheels that work perfectly well but you want pretty ones.
SH: [deep, patient sigh]
Me: So it’s jewelry for your car.
SH: It’s not jewelry for my car! It’s really hard to change them out.
Me: So it’s like a purse for your car.
The end of the line
2 years ago