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My car and I survive another year! - cellophane — LiveJournal
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My car and I survive another year!
The night of December 30, three days ago, I pulled my car into the garage and turned it off. As the digital odometer blinked off, I thought I saw zeros flash in my retinal memory. I quickly turned the car back on, and it was confirmed: my odometer read precisely 10000. Five digits, my little car made it into five digits!

Last year I was stressing during the holidays because my car's engine was failing on me, and I wasn't sure whether it was worth fixing it or not. Finally, exactly a year ago on this precise day, I said goodbye to my lovely 1994 Sunbird and bought a new car.

For most people that would be the end of the story, but not for me. (hm, maybe my journal is tinged with a bit of bad luck.) Instead, I managed to wreck the poor thing just 13 days later, miraculously walking away with only some bruises, strained muscles, and a broken ring. Its odometer did not even make it to 1000 miles.

So then I bought yet another new car, although it looked the same as the first one. I'm still driving that car today (knock on keyboard), so it's a pretty exciting milestone to see all of those zeros. I even took a photograph.

Driving to work this morning, an SUV next to me tried to switch into my lane on top of me. Fortunately he was easing into the lane very slowly. My body flooded with adrenalin and panic, but I did not swerve the car nor give up the lane. Instead I braced myself and blared my horn, not removing my hand until he stopped inching over. I saw him look startledly over his left shoulder; we made eye contact, and then I passed him as he moved back into his lane.

I know this kind of thing happens all the time, just a normal driving incident. Still scary though... it always is. Five digits. They aren't all zeros anymore, and my car is doing just fine. Happy 2004 little car, we made it!
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 2nd, 2004 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I got my SUV a few years ago just out of a survival factor because of all the other SUVs and trucks around here.
guingel From: guingel Date: January 2nd, 2004 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
congrats on your car's survival! :)

Ugh, driving. . . it would be so much easier without the other cars, wouldn't it? XP
jkling From: jkling Date: January 2nd, 2004 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, driving. . . it would be so much easier without the other cars, wouldn't it? XP

It is, actually. No insurance to pay, no tags, no gas. No worrying about whether or not to get some problem fixed. I do miss having a car to get in at random times, but the tradeoff is worth it. When I'm really desperate for mobility I go rent a car.

Of course, it helps to live in a city like DC that has decent public transit.
From: jacs0202 Date: January 2nd, 2004 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Living sans car in the Detroit area is virtually impossible, unless you live and work downtown, within walking distance. It's crazy. The urban sprawl here is nigh intolerable.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I can't even imagine trying to live here without a car. Too bad...it would be nice!
guingel From: guingel Date: January 2nd, 2004 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
that's a good point. I could easily pull it off if I were ever to live in Manhattan (not here in the suburbs). It's a walking city with plenty of public transportation. Besides, even if I wanted to drive, it's almost impossible there!

Hmm. I've never really felt this way before, but now I'm tempted to move to the city just to avoid driving.
jkling From: jkling Date: January 2nd, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are other benefits as well. Such as exercise. I walk much more than when I had a car.

Living in the city is more expensive, of course, but if you calculate what you save on insurance, gas, repairs, tags, and car payments, you might find you even come out ahead. And it's fun being in the city.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that sounds great. I would love to live in a city where that would be feasible someday. Cars are a lot of trouble!

Now, a flying car, that might be okay....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have often thought that I should be given my own lane. Or better yet, my own road...!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 2nd, 2004 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
happy 2004, little friend! we made it!
anderale From: anderale Date: January 2nd, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it makes you feel any better about the car that didn't make it to 1,000 - I bought a used car because I wanted to save money. I *really* wanted the new model because I had never had a brand new car and I was tired of repair bills. I had an uneasy feeling, but I bought the car anyway and tootled home in it. I was approaching a small intersection (where the other street had a stop sign and I did not) when a volvo pulled out in front of me. My new-to-me car was completely totalled before I could even get home in it! I was lucky and only had some bruises and was shaken up, but no major injuries. I ended up getting the new model after all. :) I guess it was just meant to be.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
WOW, it didn't even make it home?! That's much worse than my story. At least mine survived 13 days....
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