Thursday, January 6, 2005

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen years ago today I flew from Longmont, Colorado to Traverse City, Michigan to pick up my new car. My dad had found it for me at Hertz Car Sales; a slightly used (5,683 miles) 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari station wagon. It was navy blue with fake wood grain paneling and all the options: power windows, power seats, a cassette player, and a 2.8 liter EFI V-6 with overdrive. I plunked down a check for $12,500 and drove back to Colorado two days later.

It now has 238,702 miles on it, and I just drove it around the block to mark the occasion. Nine more years until it’s an “antique.”