New Car

My first car, a gold 4‑door, 5‑speed 1997 Ford Escort burned up on my way home last month. And it was my fault. I failed to do a repair cor­rect­ly and fuel leaked onto the hot exhaust, ignit­ing and set­ting the car ablaze. I got myself and the lap­top out with­out a scratch or a burn, but it was sad to see the old car go. I’d put almost 150,000 miles on it. Owned that car longer than I’d lived on any piece of land. It had been a faith­ful machine ser­vant, and tak­en much abuse and kept on going.

Before I get too nos­tal­gic over 2600 pounds of steel and plas­tic, check out my new car:

It’s a 1997 BMW 328i con­vert­ible. In beau­ti­ful shape for a car with 100,000 miles, it’s a 5‑speed and gets over 2330 mpg city/highway. So much fun to cruise around on the park­way in this, and it actu­al­ly is a pret­ty prac­ti­cal car for me — as long as the main­te­nance and repair costs don’t kill me. It does need a tim­ing belt. Know any BMW mechan­ics?

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