Friday, October 07, 2005

Goodbye, My Gorgeous Green Saturn SE -- You Rocked

Originally uploaded by Rodney Welch.
We've been through
some things together
With trunks of memories
still to come
We found things to do
in stormy weather
Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run.

-- Neil Young

Nothing lasts forever, especially faithful cars. This one met its end at approximately 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2005 while it was dutifully hustling me to work -- minding its own business, doing its job, only to get brutally bashed from behind by a Mazda whose driver was perhaps not entirely awake. I'm much less sad about the expense of a new car than I am about the loss of this one. I think it was the best car I ever had. Then again, I still have a broken-down Corolla that's been parked in the yard for going on three years. I can get extremely sentimental about huge machinery.

I bought it used for very little -- $4,500 or so -- and it only had about 45,000 miles on it, maybe less. I pushed it through another 100,000, mostly back and forth to work, occasionally to Tennessee or Charlotte. It never really went anywhere exciting, but only in the last year -- clutch, alternator, fuel pump -- did it fail to deliver. Bless its 30-mpg-on-the-highway heart. Long may it run

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