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Why I Bought a Bentley and What It's Like

In 2003, Rick Rubin offered me a ride in his Bentley Arnage. I declined because I thought the place we were going was within walking distance, and only after he drove off did I realize that I was thinking of the wrong place and had missed a chance to ride in what I still believe is the most beautiful car ever built.

Ten years later I was reading an article of the top ten most depreciated cars, and the journey from number ten to number one ended in that very car, the Bentley Arnage. Bentleys retail for $250,000 or more, but at the time of the article the Arnage could be had for $30,000. That was still more than I would spend, but it brought the idea to earth at least.

I'm not really a car guy. I have a soft spot for Mercedes, coupes in particular, but I'm mostly interested in getting from point A to point B. I've never financed a car, and when I bought my last car the only three categories I'd consider were Japanese minivan, barest-bones econobox, or 90s era Mercedes. I ended up buying a 1996 Mercedes C220 for $1600 and spending $900 to get a couple problems fixed up. It shifted with a bit of a thud and the AC was cool, but not quite cold. I figured it would last a year or so, but it's still going strong two years later.

A few months ago I decided to see if Bentleys had depreciated further. Sure enough, they had. Some could be had as cheaply as $20k. The Mercedes was still clunking along, but at that price I couldn't help but do a little research. What I found whipped me into a bit of a frenzy.

A Wrecked Back And A Hearty Goodbye (Travel Update; Recap)

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Image: "Wrecked" ... get it? Shut up, I'm funny

OK that post with the slightly depressing title really shouldn't keep on sitting on top. It was never meant as a big feature and does not really tell you anything about my voyage (which I'm sure is what most people coming here are actually interested in).

So, prepare for another recap post because I once again have crossed the threshold of too many small things floating around that I originally planned to write about but then didn't get around to give it a proper edit.

But I've been really busy, you know. Lying in bed ...

Ahh so I spent some time in Krabi, enjoying myself. For two days/one night I went to the beach nearby (Ao Nang) and it was once again a bit touristy for my taste. But still quite enjoyable for a short time.

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