Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Nothing compares to you

After driving through 45 states, and even sporting DC plates with my trusty Volvo, Henrietta, I bought a new car. I didn't hit 300,000 but she started to fall apart quickly, so the time had come. The Honda dealership threw out the insult of $100 a trade-in and as much as I hate to admit it, I would rather sell her for scrap than suffer that. For now she sits plateless in my yard. I already miss her horn and all the easy moves my hands never had to think about. I started driving Henrietta at 40,000, I drove from Charlottesville, Va. to Carlsbad, New Mexico in 29 hours, almost drove off cliffs at Goosenecks State Park, Utah and from the slopes of Mt. Sneffels, Colorado. I drove into a ditch in Shenandoah National Park and into a snowbank in Boyne Highlands, Mich., slid down icy hills in DC, Portland, Maine, Niagara Falls, NY and roughed up the fender on Autherine Lucy's basketball goal (can any other civil rights scholar claim that?). The car was searched in Shenandoah National Park in 1996, in Niagara Falls Air Base on Sept. 2001, and in Sault St. Marie in May 2004 (they didn't find anything). There was also the time mechanic Antoine Lutz drove me and two Barredas up a mountain to test the tran only to have it blow, forcing us to coast down the slope across a state highway, and into the Barreda's farmyard.

I have joined Team Honda. I hope the mileage treats me right.


Blogger David said...

I believe it carried a mattress in VT.

May 06, 2008 11:01 PM  
Blogger Rob Gorczyca said...

Man. I'm sad, but happy for you. That car was a tank. She'll be missed. I was doing 80 heading north on 75 in val's 89 civic last night, looked down at the mileage.. wow, 220,000-ish. I'm goin' for 300!! :)

May 07, 2008 7:47 AM  
Blogger Channing said...

Awww. I remember sitting in the beauty while it got an oil change on Saginaw Road in Midland, Michigan in 2004. Good times.

May 07, 2008 7:55 AM  
Blogger gabrielle marianna plucknette said...

I loved that thing, RIP

May 07, 2008 5:16 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Awww. She's beautiful. Nice new wheels. Hot. Hot. Hot.

May 12, 2008 9:25 PM  
Blogger Chris Detrick said...

sweet new ride!

May 12, 2008 10:47 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

she made it so long, i thought she was going to outlive you, yo. congrats on the new ride, homie.

May 16, 2008 9:21 AM  

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