jalopy.

by la rebelde

My jalopy is dead.  It died last week, where the 215 meets the 10.  I was in a pretty good mood because I was on my way home from a reunion lunch with old friends.   And then…the AC suddenly stopped working.  I drove back to Alhambra in 100+ degree weather facing the afternoon sun.  I was drenched when I got home.  Yick!  My mechanic says the AC is connected to more important stuff like…you know, transmission, power steering, etc. The repairs are not worth the value of the car, so he didn’t want to charge me anything.  Thank goodness!

My first car — the one I had at the end of college, that got me through my tejas years — was my all time favorite.  I know…I say “all time” even though I’ve only ever had two cars.  Its name was “Gadget.”  It was a beige 1989 Mercury Tracer hatchback.  I loved that car.  I drove it all over Austin, and to and from ‘Burque a few times.  It was small and zippy, and it could hold tons of stuff.

This one, I’m not so attached to.  It was my dad’s old car — a Ford Taurus boat of a car.  And I’m a small-size person, so it makes the car even more gigantic.  This car got me through three winters in small-midwestern-college-town and five years in LA.  Five years!  It has been good to me, but I will not be sorry to see this car go.  It’s time to drive a car in which I can actually see over the dash!

But, car-shopping is a big ole pain in the booty!  This is the first time I’ve shopped for one as a real adult.  Cars are freakin expensive, y’all!   Wish me luck.

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One Comment to “jalopy.”

  1. At least it didn’t completely break down on you out in the IE. My first car was a hand me down from my dad, a 1987 Chrysler New Yorker. It was a boat of a car too. It still runs, but I got a new car when I graduated college.

    The second car, a 2002 Dodge Stratus was my favorite. I paid it off in 2007 (a little early) and then totaled it in November 08. The accident that caused the total loss wasn’t my fault. I got some money from the insurance, of course. It was a good amount for a down payment, but I still have a car note. I don’t like the new car as much. It’s nicer looking aesthetically, but there are several things I don’t like about it. And it’s red (which I love), but surely helped CHP notice me. I got my first ticket in that car.

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