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Goodbye Cloud
The roofers came today, and they wanted the cars in the driveway moved. Warren called and said that this means dealing with "Cloud", who has been sitting in the driveway with no plates for two years now. He's called a towing company and retrieved the title. By now, Cloud will be gone.

After living in Boston for nearly nine years without a car I started shopping for one in 1999. Not having a car was starting to be more of an inconvience than owning one would be, and Warren was encouraging me to drive more and more. Warren actually did most of the shopping, as he knew more about cars and had a firm idea of what I needed. In May of 1999 he found a used 1987 VW Jetta. It was silver grey and had 136k miles on it. I ended up buying it for $1900.

In the beginning I didn't have high expectations for Cloud. He ran fine, and was very responsive. This is a must living in Somerville, where you need to get from a dead stop to 30 mph near instantly if you want to drive at all. On the other hand, the car didn't look like much, and my driving ability was very rusty. I expected to either total the car within six months, or have it die under me in that time. Not only did the car exceed all my expectations by lasting much longer, but he was a fun little car to drive. I drove it all the way to NY for a dance competition one year, and we also took it up to Montreal in February for La Classique Du Quebec another year.

The car was not without its problems. I replaed the battery, a front axel, and three of the four tires, but this is what I'd consider normal wear and tear. The fron axel is certainly normal wear and tear for a car that was regularly driven in cambridge. It should also be mentioned that the power stearing never worked. This was only a problem while trying to parallel part the car, and it was easily overcome. I can thank Cloud in part for the current buff state of my biceps. The main problem with the car was the fact that water collected in a little pool behind the driver. It was no big deal in the summer, but in the winter it caused me to need to scrape ice off the inside of the windshield.

Cloud was still in running condition when I got my current job in the summer of 2002. Since I'd be driving to work everyday, it was clear that a new car was in order. In three years I'd only put six or seven thousand miles on Cloud, and a thirty two miles a day wasn't going to be good for him. I was so fond of Cloud, though, that we went a got a new 2003 Jetta. The VW dealership suggested that we donate Cloud. We tried, but no place that took car donations wanted one that old. I was actually a little miffed. I valued Cloud, but they wouldn't even take him for free. In the end, Cloud ended up sitting on the driveway.

We did recently get a card from a towing company that said "junk cars wanted". That's the place that we called. I'm hoping that they'll see the value in my trusty little car. They must if they're taking him away for free.


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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 22nd, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds much like the brown van harrock and I first had. Cheap to start with, needed many repairs, served us well, and finally not counted for much in trade-in. I think they offered us $50, and were going to scrap it. We gave it to rifmeister instead, where at least it was valued for a little while longer. :}
twe From: twe Date: November 22nd, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Car gender

Somehow they do always seem male, don't they?

When my car has a gender, it's male. (My brother referred to it as a "he" too...)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 22nd, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Car gender

I think our long-ago station wagon my parents had was female. Or at least an "old girl". :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: November 22nd, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Car Sexing

My current car, Midnight, seems to be female in gender, as is Warren's white trans-am Tigress. His grey trans-am (which hasn't been in drivable condition since before we were dating) is very similar to the white one, but Phantom is male.

While we're fairly sure we know the genders of our cars, we can't exactly prove it. It should also be noted that Phantom and Tigress have failed to produce any offspring (at least that we're aware of) in spite of being the same species. Of course, so far Warren and I have failed to produce any offspring, so I'm not in a good position to make comments...
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 22nd, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Car Sexing

Well, just because Phantom and Tigress are living together in the same driveway, that doesn't mean they're a mated pair. I've lived with tirinian for an *awfully* long time and still no offspring. :)
countertorque From: countertorque Date: November 24th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
You only ever have 1 first car. It's a stupid quote, but I find it worth repeating.
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