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Remembrance of Things Passed - a car talk

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Traditionally I have referred to my car as "The Gilded Palace of Sin"*. Now I don't even smoke there. I drive an 84' 300D German silver (that's a color - muted silver with a slight green-gold cast) diesel Benz. I intend to be buried in it. (A friend has a backhoe. This is Tennessee. It can happen.) Do not speak to me of new cars.

Changing my relationship with my car is proving to be an unexpected challenge (Ave Maria). Changing my dog Nell's relationship to it is heart-breaking (Ave Maria). Although I have never been a mobile phone person, and the radio quit working years ago, my automobile is still the center of many activities that have nothing to do with transportation... and some of them have got to go despite the 180 degree swivel of Nell's head when we pass a Hardee's. If this sounds like I'm whining.. you ought to hear Nell. This dance of the drama queens is worthy of a video. Might call it Remembrance of Things Passed... I'm thinking Phil Glass on the soundtrack.

"This way to the Egress." P.T. Barnum

*I was 21 when the Flying Burrito Brothers released their ever-green album entitled "The Gilded Palace of Sin". For a while, everyone called their car that. I simply never stopped. I am not alone.

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BRENDA_G50 2/8/2013 12:30PM

    Sorry to hear about your car, just glad you weren't hurt. Poor Nell, she didn't get her Hardee's fix. Sorry Nell, your momma's trying to eat better.

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CURTIOSITY 2/3/2013 10:06PM

    In my neck of the woods it is a given - if you drive here, you will hit deer. In between the fog, the woods, and the curvy roads they do not stand a chance.... nor do you. I have a 24 year old Volvo wagon which I use for a truck and the old Benz. Both cars have at least 400,000 miles on 'em - the Volvo has closer to 600,000 and would be flawless re exterior were it not for the many interfaces with deer - that puppy looks whupped - but it runs like a champ. The Benz has been lucky. Til now. % )

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JENKOP11 2/1/2013 5:00PM

    I am sorry about your car; it sounds like it has been appropriately cherished. I hope it can be repaired to your satisfaction!!

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CURTIOSITY 1/29/2013 11:26PM

    A doe ran into me night before last and left an impression on the driver's side doors. I fear she also made off with the right turn signal lens and a strip of chrome trim. It was horribly foggy, so I am fairly certain that she did not ram me a-purpose. I have no idea what injuries she may have sustained during the encounter. I went back but there was no sign of her... or the turn signal lens... or the chrome. Highly irregular. Highly.

I shall search for a snapshot of the Palace for posting.

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LIBBYL1 1/29/2013 11:12PM

  would love to see your beautiful car!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/29/2013 8:21PM

    What an exquisite tribute!

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PARKERB2 1/29/2013 7:53PM

    Way to love your car. My car is a 1998 and my grandson wants it! I've convinced him I will make the downpayment on one for him instead of giving him mine. I will drive it until it is completely broke donw.

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