Business on a “Handshake” ©

Did you ever buy a car on Friday afternoon and return it on Monday morning? I just did! Let me explain.

First of all, let me tell you how “The Milby Boys”, (My sons and I), work. We share almost everything, including our cars. I’ve always tried to be a good steward of all God has given us, not allowing myself to indulge in automotive extravagances as my human nature is inclined. Instead, we tried to put God and family first and that has paid wonderful dividends in God’s economy; nine wonderful grandchildren being raised in HIS ways. We are so thankful.

But a couple years ago, with my wife and I into our “empty nester” stage, I let my sons talk me into a sports car. We settled on a 21 year old Corvette that had been well cared for by previous owners. I’m the owner but we all drive and enjoy it together.

Recently, in the last few weeks, we started to discuss our “long term” plans regarding a sports car and tentatively decided on trading after the new year. But the next day I got an animated phone call from William saying there was a great looking 2006 Honda S 2000 Sports car in Kathleen. I said go look at it. That was Thursday night. This has been his “Dream car for several years.

Friday morning, David and William both drove it and gave it a “Thumbs Up” and told the dealer we’d buy it. I went to drive it late Friday afternoon, bought the car and proceeded to drive it across town to our annual Visiting Angels ® Care Giver recognition / Christmas banquet. A delightful affair; perhaps more details next week.

After the banquet my wife followed me down to the farm. After ten minutes on I-75 I knew I had made a terrible mistake; my tinnitus was in “Full buzz”! For those of you who don’t know, WebMD says “Tinnitus (pronounced ti-ni-tis), or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room.” By the time we got back to the farm, wow, what a buzz…..and not the kind some people are will to pay for!

The problem was not the car; it was my “Senior ears”. The car was running just as it should but unfortunately it was at a frequency that my ears just couldn’t handle and my wife would be quick to tell you I can’t afford to lose any more of the hearing I have left (and according to her, that’s not much!).

So what should I have done with a car I just bought but can’t drive? First of all, I prayed for direction (you mean you’d bother God about that? Yep, it was His money!). Second, I discussed it with my sons who were terribly disappointed. And third, I called the guys where I bought it at Truck Outlet USA. I humbly told them what I just told you. They were graciously understanding and agreed to take the car back on consignment without any hassle. Over the phone we did “Business on a Handshake”, the old-fashioned way. They went out of their way to help me and I want to give them a Five Star “Thumbs up” for it.

So, if you’re in need of a good truck or especially a great little sports car, I can heartily recommend Truck Outlet USA on Hwy 247, Kathleen!

Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!

Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at

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