Wednesday, April 27, 2011

YES! Time for a Dr Pepper to Celebrate

When you were growing up, did your dad ever make a big deal of the mileage numbers? My dad did. We'd be driving some place and he'd say, "Oh watch now! We're coming up on 12,345.6 miles." It was neat to see where we were, if we were close to some place where we could get a soda to celebrate whatever mileage number dad was watching.

I hit a milestone of my own last week.
That's a lot of miles. But, my Jeep and I have been to Williamsburg, Virginia; Niantic, Connecticut; and dozens of times to Iowa in the 10 years I've had this car. Yeah, it's an anniversary year for us, 10 whole years of driving a soft top stick-shift 1997 Jeep Wrangler with half-doors. I think about getting rid of it and it kind of bothers me. I like stick-shift. It makes me feel like I'm actively involved in the mechanics of driving. I love the soft top, as readers of this space should know. In September and October of 2004, I went 35 days without putting up the top. It did rain a couple times in those days but all I had to do was pull the top up and over, but not latch it. Once it dried, I folded it back down. 

We've seen a lot, this Jeep and I, but I have a possibility on another, newer car. As I age, the getting into and out of this Jeep and the mechanics of driving become less and less attractive. Plus, I need to have the steering dampener fixed and the front seat is split and it's rusting in small places. It might be time for a teenager or college student to take over. Jeeps are one of the few cars that are still being driven for years. There really is something about a Jeep. 

I happened to be near a Burger King when this mileage number came up so I stopped for a Dr Pepper. The only thing that would have made the event better would have been being able to take down the top. It was raining and 53. Not going topless in that kind of weather. 

Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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