LOLOL! No denial going on there…!
Awhile back - when gasoline prices in SoCal were around $3.50 per gallon – I had just parked at the grocery store when the most ginormous SUV I’d ever seen, outside of a Hummer, parked right next to me. It sparkled and gleamed in the sunlight.
A woman got out, looked at my car – a 1973 VW Bug which was in desperate need of washing – sighed, glanced at her vehicle with a pained expression, looked back at me and said wistfully, “I bet you’re really happy you have that car.”
I replied, “Yes. I am.”
(And yes, I am truly eccentric to be driving a car that is older than many people I have worked with…! I said for many years to many people (who unkindly inquired "when are you going to get rid of that junker?"*) that I was working on an antique car. And, as of a couple of years ago, I achieved my goal.
* - The attitude of people in the 1980s toward my car was: "When are you going to get rid of that junker?"
* - The attitude in the 1990s was, "Ah, nostalgia! I used to have one of those!"
* - The attitude now is... I'm not entirely sure, exactly. But there are still plenty of these cars around. Here's a link to Bugstock, an event I attended for a couple of years.