It's a time of simultaneous happiness and sadness. The good news is, I'm temporarily relocating to the United States for a one-year stint in graduate school, before coming home at a higher pay grade.
The bad news is, I'll be without my FFH for a year, starting this August. I won't be car-less though - I'm actually bringing this not-quite-as-economical car with me:
Why the change of rides? I actually have a practical reason for this - the car was originally bought stateside and imported to Canada. My parents have wanted to sell it for some time, but the market for this class of car over here is dominated by the Germans, and the imperial gauges on a US-spec car hurt resale value in Canada. It'll be much easier to sell (and for more $$$ too, especially with the exchange rate) in the US, plus the importation procedure is easier than if I bring a Canada-spec car along, since I don't need to prove compliance with the EPA and FMVSS beforehand.
The car is currently 14 years old and I'll sell it on its 15th birthday next year. Despite its age, it's still a great car and doesn't miss out on that many features vs my FFH. I'll still enjoy heated and cooled leather memory seats (actually more comfortable than those of my FFH), rain-sensing wipers (which my FFH doesn't have, ironically), front and rear parking sensors, HID lamps, side mirrors that auto-fold down when I reverse, navigation (not that I'll use it much due to its age), and a Mark Levinson stereo system.
I've ordered a 3.5mm-to-cassette adapter (just typing the word cassette makes me LOL) to be able to use my phone for music, and I already own a compact Bluetooth headset for phone calls. I also own 12V USB adapters for charging devices (originally bought in case I drive a rental car without a USB port).
The 290-hp 4.3L V8 makes about 15 mpg in mixed driving on a good day (best I've seen is 23 on the freeway), but I won't be doing quite as much driving while in school as I do right now, so my gas consumption is overall under control.
I will dearly miss my FFH while I'm away, but I will rest easy knowing my parents will take care of it like it was their own, and that it will be waiting for me again when I graduate!