Category Archives: Cars

Autos and the Population Density of Vultures

I have, for years, wondered whether the advent of automobiles and the roads to carry them contribute to the population of vultures and other carrion-eaters. This question emerges from observations of vast numbers of corpses of dead animals killed by … Continue reading

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Cars, Lies, and Things that Honk in the Night

This morning, I’ll arrive at the Toyota dealer in Hot Springs just about the time they open the bays to allow broken cars seeking salvation to enter.  Mine will be one of them. As far as I know, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Car Talk

We looked at cars. We drove some. One new one (a 2015 Ford Escape). Mostly a year or two or three old. We did not fall in love. The salesperson was beside herself, but she was able to contain it, … Continue reading

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Regaining the Sparkle

I watched as the headlights on the old Camry dulled over the years.  Sand and grit and bugs and road debris stole the shine and ruined the sparkle. I polished the outer plastic shells with modest success a few years ago, … Continue reading

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About those cars…

Change of heart, change of mind, change of scenery.  We will not, at least in the near-term, get an Element, an Odyssey, a CR-V, or a RAV4.  Instead, we plan to get a Honda Civic.  We will buy said vehicle … Continue reading

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Automobilia

Decisions, even decisions reached after painstaking research and consideration, can be unmade.  I had decided I wanted to buy a used Honda Element (there is no other kind, since they are no longer produced).  Yesterday, I drove one…a 2006 in … Continue reading

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Musings on Cars

The Camry’s suspension issue finally has been resolved.  We’ve spent far too much time and far too much money on it, but it appears the problem is now part of history.  The source of the annoying “clunk” I heard and … Continue reading

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The Bastard

I once had a car I called The Bastard.  Though I denounced The Bastard because the cost of maintaining him as he aged grew larger than I’d have liked, I liked The Bastard.  He was a dark blue, naturally-ugly beast … Continue reading

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The Times, They Are A’Changin’…

Yesterday, I sold the old green truck, the 1997 Ford Ranger that belonged to my late sister.  As my favorite wife and I continue the process of preparing for a move out of Dallas, it was obvious the truck would … Continue reading

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Road Trip in a Mercedes Benz Convertible

My wife keeps frighteningly meticulous records.  I, on the other hand, assume I will remember things.  I don’t.  Not unless reminded. Today, she reminded me of the trip I made to Florida back in 2007.  She pulled out credit card … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans

A huge number of bricks was the first acquisition of my evolving plan to do some work to my backyard, with the intent of turning it into a wonderful oasis of stress relief and happiness. I paid $12 for what … Continue reading

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Improper perspective, rectified

I dropped the aging Camry with the mechanic at about 8:45 this morning.  I had decided to walk back home, rather than take the bus, because I hadn’t taken my normal walk this morning.  And I needed to do some … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Past Few Hours

We met our friend, Jim, for lunch today at Flavors, an Indian restaurant in Addison.  While I enjoyed the food, it wasn’t exceptional like it was the last visit.  But I am not one to complain about an Indian buffet … Continue reading

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