We have a neighbor who is a total sweetheart. He's a really nice guy. But, he's a single guy and he has two trucks and a car. The car and one truck are "new-ish" models. The other truck is, from my best guesstimate, an 80s model.
He's an older guy - no children, has a dog. He's very friendly, but he's a SINGLE dude. He doesn't need 2 trucks and a car, really. But, for whatever reason, our neighbor prefers to drive that older truck. And, that's fine with me. The vehicles belong to him... he can do whatever he wants with them.
But, he starts that older model truck engine vvveeerrryyy early in the AM. For example, the Evil Twin and Buddy left the house at 7:30 on Wednesday morning. I decided to slip back in bed, even though I wasn't tired, I just wanted to lounge for a bit.
All I could hear was that engine. Remember: 7:30AM, okay? And it had been running long before that. Finally, at 7:48 AM, I hear the truck drive off. Ahhhhh.
8:13 AM - Sissy is awake, so I get her up and get her milk, cereal, etc. I uncover the bird cage and finish up some housework things. 8:48 AM - The neighbor pulls back up into his driveway! One (1) hour total from getting in the truck to drive lord knows where and then back.
What is the need for a nearly half hour engine warm up if you're only going to be gone for an hour?
If I were going out on a cold morning (it was 18 degrees here yesterday morning), and I had an errand that was only an hour round trip, I think I'd take one of the less maintenance intensive vehicles.
The whole thing just made me laugh.
The craziest thing is: of the three vehicles at his disposal, he chooses the old, loud truck almost every time (as far as I can tell: he never even starts the other two).
Oh well. It beats the hell out of of our old neighborhood where the neighbors were certifiably nuts - 90% of them at least. I'll have to tell you more about the Nut Nuts. (we had nicknames for them all).
Sissy and I are off to get "real" haircuts this morning. So, I'll be around after I get several inches of uncooperative hair cut off. :-)