Thursday, December 21, 2006

She looks so natural

For those who would like to view Ol' Red before she is shipped off somewhere to be sold off for parts, she will be available for viewing for the next week or so until I get home from Christmas and sort out this transportation conundrum. I had her towed home tonight so she could rest in the parking lot, not some sterile garage. I know that's what she would have wanted.

Just look at that glow! She's glorious! Could be the flash, however.

I decided trying to navigate one of the busiest streets in town in a powerless automobile might just be more than I need right now. The woman who came to tow her (I know, I was surprised too—I mean, I was expecting Jethro) was this super nice little Asian girl who I swear had the thing up and ready to go in less than 4 minutes. And then she whipped the truck into reverse and navigated the car right into the parking space at my place which wasn't the easiest spot to get into. And all in one shot. It was astounding.

Speaking of the garage, it was like picking up a dead dog at the vet as everyone who worked on Ol' Red came out and shared their stories about how she was in such great shape but just couldn't stand the stress of the timing belt break. I sat in the car for a while as I waited for the tow truck and reminisced about all the times I spent driving it. I've had dreams recently of driving her back to Santa Monica where she came from and dumping her in the ocean (a sea burial, if you will) but looking back she probably wouldn't have made it.

I'm gonna miss those birds. Chirp-chirp, little buddies.

God rest her soul.


Blogger minus five said...

my sincere condolences are extended to you and yours.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

We're gonna get through this, Sarah. Maybe I'll grab a friend and go out for a special meal at McDonalds. Oh and I'm going home to Austin tonight!

11:59 AM  
Blogger minus five said...

screw mcdonald's. if you're headed to austin, grab some shady grove or chuy's. i'll be in god's country in about a week. before and after, i will be in oklahoma.

hook 'em. maybe we'll get lucky and win the alamo bowl.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Yeah, I can hardly wait for the Alamo bowl. What snoozer. But hopefully we'll win. I'm the eat myself senseless on mexican food and barbecue. Just like always.

12:55 PM  

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