Age was a definite factor in the decision. My old car did not have a backup camera. As I age, I will need all the help I can get. Also, no one can know how many more years I will be driving. It doesn’t make much sense to wait until a couple years before I die or otherwise quit driving to have a new car. And, yes, a fairly dependable pension feels more secure than employment income. Minuscule interest rates don’t encourage putting things off."When I found a car I liked, I bought it instead of the tires."
Obviously not a youngster starting out in the workforce.
I may have told this here before. A few years back I splurged and got the 100-400 mm L II. I decided that for my October birthday I would buy me the 16-35 mm L. That summer, a high school classmate died quite unexpectedly. I went to his funeral on the south side of Charlotte. Driving back home, I decided that life was too unpredictable to wait for October, and I could afford the lens as well as I could later. There is an exit on the interstate near a Best Buy, so I took the exit and bought the lens. So I have been enjoying using two great lenses for the last 2+ years.