Walk The Walk

Posted By on 17th February 2020

So off I went on my latest adventure, in search of a new computer and a new car. To say I was apprehensive would be an understatement. However, I’ve discovered in recent months that the secret to overcoming fear in these situations is to approach them with an outward display of confidence, even if on the inside you have no idea what you’re talking about. In other words learn how to ‘walk the walk’ even if you can’t ‘talk the talk’, and it’s amazing what a difference it makes.

The computer proved the most challenging because I haven’t a clue and even when I tried to ask questions online or in shops, I didn’t understand the answers, they might as well have been talking to me in Klingon!

Not a great start.

Gigabyte, Megabyte,Terabyte, RAM (I actually know what that stands for, but I don’t know what it is!) are all a mystery to me. Then there’s the problem of trying to compare ‘like’ with ‘like’, it’s nigh on impossible.

I felt I stood a slightly better chance with the car, because after 48 years of motoring I do at least know a bit about cars, but it was the finance/money here that was always going to trip me up.

I really would have liked another MX5, but it soon became clear that the new model, due to be launched later this month, was out of my price range. Not to mention the fact that one or two close friends tactfully suggested that perhaps I should go for something more practical and age appropriate!!

And so I began my search.

The truth is there are so many cars out there with so many different specifications and finance packages, I was once again struggling with the ‘like’ with ‘like’ thing. So this wasn’t going to be easy either. But then nothing worthwhile ever is.

I decided to stick to what I know, I might have been driving MX5’s for almost 30 years but I have had lots of other cars before that. You can read about them all here.

I decided to concentrate my efforts on a Mini and a Fiesta.

Before I tell you how my big adventure turned out, I would just like to say a word in support of salesmen.

Now that’s a sentence I never expected to write.

Without exception they have been polite, patient, attentive but most of all very, very young!

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