This week we joined the global elite and became part of the 1%. Hopefully Occupy Wall street protesters won't attempt any cyber-attacks on the blog. What does it take to become part of the 1%? Car ownership! Actually there are over 1 billion cars in the world, so that is about 14%, but outside the US it goes down quite a bit. In Estonia there is a good public transportation system so a car isn't a must have like the US.
Despite the beautiful new trains that connect Keila to Tallinn, we felt it was necessary to make the plunge and get a car. It is still hard to get to church with the train (it is much easier for me to go to work for though). Today when we went to church we were able to leave the apartment 1 hour and 10 min later now that we have a car! That is nice with a new baby.
What car did we get? Anyone who is familiar with the Crandall's knows that Crandalls love cars. Ferrari, Corvette, Escalade, Porsche, Lexus, are just some of the Crandall's favorites. We decided to do the same, only the best will do for the Crandalls. We bought a 1999 Volkswagen Polo. FM radio and cassette player included! While the 59 horse power 1.4 L engine might not be as powerful as some of the other cars owned in the family, the gas mileage is great! It has winter tires on and is very small and light, so even though it doesn't go very fast it at least feels like it at 55mph.
We bought it from a friend in the ward, he works at a body shop place and had recently repainted it and done some body work on it so it looks pretty good and came at a great price. Being a part of the global elite never felt better.