Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
3:26 pm - 172,199.8  
I justed watched them haul away my old Subaru. After years of procrastinating, I finally called the auto salvage yard to come get it. I damn near cried when they came. I drove that car for eleven and a half years, and loved it almost as much as my old Volkwagen Bus. Near the end, it was rusting away, and the electrical system was going. I only drove it once after I bought my truck. I meant to keep it a while longer as a back up, but I let it go too long between starts, and the next time I tried, the engine didn't catch. For the next four years it just sat in the driveway, acting as an occasional storage facility for me, and as an occasional home for yellowjackets.

I sat in it for a little while this morning, just remembering. One of the singular moments in my life happened in that car, and a lot of lesser moments, as well. I drove to Maine, and DC, and all sorts of places in between. It carried me to a zillion soccer and softball games. Looking back, I should've taken the $100 the dealer offered me for it in trade. I let it sit there in the driveway so long that it gradually sank about two inches into the macadam. Now there are four tire-shaped holes that I need to figure out how to patch.
 
 
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Cass E. Pantscass404 on November 21st, 2006 - 09:19 pm
*sniff*

It's hard to say goodbye. Especially when it's been put off for a while. I did the same with, well, lots of cars actually.

Mom is glad I don't have a garage now because there are fewer places to store a phantom car. Granted, realizing three days before I moved to Portland that I had a car in the garage wasn't the most convenient timing but it's funny in retrospect.

Goodbye, Subaru. Happy rusting with dreams of nice drives.
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DXMachinadxmachina on November 21st, 2006 - 09:40 pm
I'm still not nearly as bad as my father. Over the years my brothers and I have often referred to his back yard as Smilin' Ed's used car lot. He still has his '67 Mustang, even though it's no longer driveable.
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Cass E. Pantscass404 on November 21st, 2006 - 10:30 pm
A 67 Mustang? Oh I'd be keeping that as well. Just to pet occasionally.

But the rest? Might be overkill.
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