Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Our car died Monday. I got the call from Chris shortly after he left for work and had to pick him up from the mechanic. We asked ourselves how much we would be willing to put into it to keep it going, but we never had to make the decision - the engine was done, kaput, gone forever. So now it will go to it's final Dodge Intrepid resting place.
In May 1999, I came home from a semester abroad at Wroxton College in England. Chris and I hadn't spoken the entire time I was away and frankly the fact that our relationship was on the rocks had helped me decide to go. But when I came home, Chris was eager to show me the new house he and his friends would be renting and his new car. Ok, so if he didn't have a new car we would have still seen each other, but he had screwed up our relationship in the past and was too immature to just man up and admit he missed me and wanted to see me.
The car was with us for almost 10 years and was driven over 160,000 miles. Way back when, I gave it some good dents with my car, pulling out Chris's driveway. The windows stopped going up and down on a few doors, the automatic locks would no longer unlock a few doors. In the summer of 2006 the air conditioning went and would cost several thousand dollars to fix. That was the last straw, so we got a new truck and planned to trade in the Intrepid. Problem was, they'd only give us $500. Now, although the car had about 120,000 miles already - Chris knew it had a bunch more left in it and we couldn't justify giving it up for just $500 - so we kept it and to save on gas, Chris continued to drive it to work whenever he didn't need air conditioning. Even the driver's seat completely broke and reclined permanently to an almost 180 degree angle....but Chris and his friend were wise enough to replace it with a Stratus seat they found in a junkyard. Having a 3rd vehicle was wonderful and saved us many a morning that the lights got left on in another car and killed the battery or that one of the other cars needed to be in the shop.
So for this Way-Back Wednesday sponsored by Twinfatuation, I have chosen to remember a fun day with our car by showing a video from September 2006. We had LOTS of water to drain from our pool before closing it, so Chris decided to use all the extra water to wash the cars. It was a very warm day and Katie, at 14 months old, was eager to help her daddy.
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