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Topic: 24 Hours (01/27/11)
TITLE: RIP Ford Taurus
By Sydney Avey
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We had it towed to AutoTech where it received last rites. A couple of quick calls on a dying cell phone located a friend in the checkout counter at Safeway who came and collected us and all the worldly goods that had collected in the crevices of my young car. I was surprised to find I owned so many flashlights and that they’d all found a home in the car.
We shed no tears for the untimely death of my Taurus. It’s just a car. Still, the thought of abandoning her in a parking lot, a perfect body with an engine that just stopped turning makes me sad. Soon, a wrecker will come for her and dump her where vultures will rip parts from her body. Maybe it would be more comforting to think of her as an organ donor, giving new life to other cars with failing parts.
She was only five years old! Something gave out inside her engine. It’s rare the mechanic said, but it happens. It’s just bad luck.
Last night, we went to Sierra Motors and started the paperwork on a 2011 Buick Regal; white, like my little Taurus, but with upgrades -- cashmere colored leather seats, a sun roof and a navigation system. We get to take her home next week.
This morning I woke up and wondered what was down the road for me today. I offered a prayer of thanks for the way God orders things in the space of 24 hours.
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