I resolved that once my boys achieved some measure of independence I would do something that people in their 20s do - you know, bog off round the world, climb a mountain, paint ball or something. Thing is I don't like any of those things and anyway bits of me drop off if I do impact sports. What to do?
Now, in a delicious sense of squaring the circle, the primary cause of my early plummet into responsibility works in vehicle leasing for Vauxhall Saab Vehicle Leasing - a company that seems largely kosher although it has a suspiciously large number of alter-egos - Masterlease, Interlease, Saab Contract Hire. They all seem to be the same people.
They have a special corporate rate for clergy and I got a slight family advantage too of a cancelled scheme registration fee. So welcome please, for two years, a metallic blue, Saab 9-3 linear 1.8t convertible.
At age 51 I even find insurance is getting cheaper these days. I reckon the lease cost will be the same as the depreciation in the value of a new one over two years. Since it includes servicing and tax motoring costs are suddenly very easy to budget. Not that I've ever budgetted. Haven't grown up that much.