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Might be a lil bit before I can actually drive my new car

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Ummm...ya know how I was supposed to go pick up my new Civic Si today? Well, I’m still getting the car, but not today, and I won’t be able to drive it for a while, because last night I ruptured my achilles playing tennis. Whoopsie!

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The whole thing was just a freak occurrence. I planted my foot to hit a forehand, and felt some kind of pop in the back of my leg. At first I thought someone had accidentally hit a really hard ball from another court that whacked me in the leg and was like, “what the hell—did something just hit me?” The guys I was playing with looked puzzled and that’s when I realized nothing hit me. Then I said, “uhhh, guys, I think I tore my achilles.”

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Even though the recovery is going to suck, I’m pretty lucky. We were playing doubles, so one of my friends took me to the ER while the other guys drove my 335xi back to my house. My wife was at home because she had taken a sleeping pill about 15 minutes before I blew out my leg. 🤣 She was in no shape to pick me up but at least rallied to stay up and keep updated with my progress.

The ER was thankfully empty and I managed to get out of there in less than 2 hours. No MRI needed to diagnose, just good old feeling the back of the leg and “yup, it’s ruptured.” They put me in a splint and I took a Lyft home. The driver was extremely helpful and I left him a nice tip. I have an orthopedist appointment tomorrow morning.

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I have a good WFH job with good health insurance and a good support system. This won’t bankrupt me and I’ll be taken care of.

I briefly considered the prospect of backing out of the deal to buy the Si, because it’s going to be close to the end of this year before I can drive again, and why buy a new car I can’t drive? I thought about rolling the dice with keeping the 335xi a little longer then replacing it in the spring once I’m back driving again.

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But, once I talked about it with my wife and friends, I decided to go through with it. Trading my 335xi in to a dealer is pretty much my only exit plan from it, and the Si was by far the cheapest, most practical and sensible car that’s excited me. The 2020 Si is going away soon, the new generation Civic comes out roughly May 2021, and who knows if the Si will debut at the same time. The current Civic came out for the 2016 model year but the Si didn’t show up until 2017. In reading articles about the Si being discontinued (for now), they’ve quoted Honda people as saying it will definitely be back, but without any specifics as to when.

So, even if I won’t be able to drive the Si for a while, it still makes sense to go through with it. Before last night happened, I was planning to take the wheel spacers off the front of the 335xi today before trading it in. A friend is going to help me with that tomorrow or Saturday, and the dealer is only about 5 miles from me so they’re willing to drive the Si to me with the papers to sign and bring the 335xi back themselves. Then my friend(s) and dad will pop by occasionally to take it for a drive so it’s not completely sitting. A plan’s a plan.

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Time to get really really good at using crutches!

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