Saying goodbye is always hard for me, particulary to one who's been with me for so long. Preparing my silver Saturn for trade in, I was a bit misty eyed. Afterall, an odometer reading of 181,500 miles equals quite a bit of time together. If I average that out at 60 mph, it's 3025 hours in my car. That's alot of hours, both mundane & adventurous. 3025 hours is a good bit of singing, radio play, CD spins, traffic reports & Rush (Limbaugh) hours.
The Saturn was partner to my greatest moments; witness to many giggles, guffaws, as well as tears unseen by another as I mourned my greatest losses. I venture at least 99% of all the curses out of my mouth were from behind the wheel of my Saturn. Before ya'll get too excited, I could probably count them on my fingers...maybe a toe or two. :o)
I left tire tread spanning 2 continents & 12 countries; enduring inspection in no less than 7 languages- with guns pointed and without. It entertained (?) drivers from 6 nations. My mileage included autobahn and autostrata time, as well as near 3rd world country travel in an unnamed country - no offense Tom, Piotr & Judy. But then, I could plant a garden with all the dust transported from the country roads of Missouri via my Saturn bumper. Oh what fun!
We hosted 3 boyfriends, a plethora of dear friends, beloved kinfolk and just a couple enemies (just kidding). The Saturn enabled me to serve roughly 300 families over the course of 7 years. I would approximate that car transported me to church roughly 725 times; not counting extra services for Go, conferences, early morning prayer, refugee resettlement or Christmas production rehearsals. :o)
My 2nd drive-til-it-won't-go-no-more Saturn still looked good upon trade in. Let's see...we had umm...uhhhh - 4 new bumbers and, given a minor brush in a client's driveway the day before trade in (but after the trade in offer), might need a 5th bumper-or maybe just paint. That's not funny. On the brighter side, I did give quite a bit of business to Art's Auto. Thanks, Larry. Oh, & a bit of business to Phase I. Lest I forget, there was that moster hail repair & paint while in Germany. I can't remember that place - Openheimer or something Deutsche like that. :o) Let me add here, that I'm sure thisSaturn has more mileage in her. Remember my 1st Saturn gave up another 30,000 miles after she was donated at 212,000 miles. :o) Good cars indeed!
So with great fondness, I post these pics of my loyal silver Saturn/autobahn stickers & say goodbye. It was a good run...we had a great run together. Thanks for the memories~