The Almost Car

In this post I alluded to a car that my father almost purchased. I am 99% certain that he almost bought one of these:


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From a picture of an admittedly non-stock 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. While I am virtually certain that my father wanted to buy a 1965 Corvette, I am not as certain that it would have been a convertible. Ultimately, with five people living under the same roof my father, who usually was not a prudent caretaker of his finances, decided that a Corvette was not practical.

While I don’t dwell on the topic I have to admit that from time to time I think about the car my father almost purchased and whether or not I would have it today. I wonder if on a subconscious level my love of C2 Corvettes is at least partly due to how close we came to owning one.

While I don’t remember the exact model year of his actual purchase it was something like this and the reason I think my father may have wanted to buy a Corvette convertible:


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From Bring a Trailer a photo of a 1965 Cadillac DeVille convertible. The one my father bought had a blue exterior and, I think, a black interior. I don’t remember much else about the car as I don’t think he owned it very long.

I don’t believe in destiny. Life outcomes are a function of many things: luck, skill, work ethic and decision making among them. We have control over our lives, but not total control. If my father had purchased the 1965 Corvette, my entire car history might be much different. Who knows? My life could be different. I am not being hyperbolic or melodramatic. A different decision can potentially lead to a long series of different events.

After I earned my Masters degree in Economics (the university I attended did not have a Ph.D. Economics program at the time), I applied to and was accepted by three of the top 15 Ph.D. Econ programs in the country. If I had earned a Ph.D. in Economics, it is virtually certain that my life would be different today. My life, like that of most people I suspect, is a mix of good and bad, but would probably have different ratios under that scenario. While the purchase of a car doesn’t seem to be as significant a decision as whether or not to earn a Ph.D., don’t ever underestimate the power of seemingly “trivial” decisions, made either by you or by someone else in your life.

Please feel free to offer your thoughts.