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A little send-off

the old van

the old van

It’s the end of an era, here at Polka Dot Cottage, as we bid farewell to a true fixture around these parts: my van. Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we? (You can better get in the moment here, if you quietly hum “The Way We Were” while you read along…)

Wind storm

Remember the March 2008 wind storm that took out the back door?

5/365

How about when the distracted driver rear-ended Neil while he was coming home from a convention a year later?

Yes, AGAIN!

The trees got fresh again in 2010 in the wee hours of the morning.

365 day 317 - Cracked

And we got rear-ended again in 2011, although this time there was just a bit of bumper damage.

Things were quiet, damage-wise after that, although we did replace a cracked windshield in 2012. Unfortunately, although things stopped falling on the van and smashing into it, under the hood stuff was unraveling.

Spring day 13 - A whole new point of view

Wintry mix

365 day 333 - Finally got my van back. It shines.

We saw snow, rain, sleet, hail, and many sunny days in that old van. And, boy, did I ever find it photogenic.

Today though, I took all of my belongings out of it…

Emptying out the van

Emptying out the van

…and placed them in the trunk of my new wheels.

Filling up the car

Well, they are wheels that are new to me, anyway. And they are a whole decade newer than the van. And 100,000 miles newer. And holy cow, I can listen to mp3s in this car. (Cue angels singing.)

The new car

This is the new view in my driveway.

There are plenty of things that I will miss about my old van. After all, it was love at first sight when I saw it glistening in the used car lot eight years ago.

(sigh.)

But there sure is a lot to love about having a new ride. In fact, I can’t seem to stop running out for short trips around town today – any excuse to take a little spin!

New car

Do you need me to run any errands for you? 😉

4 thoughts on “A little send-off

  1. Good for you! Love the new car.
    I’m at the other end of your van journey – I just bought my first mini van last year.

  2. Congrats on the new car. That’s always fun. I hope you have better luck with this one a fewer smashing incidents. It’s a beauty! 🙂

  3. wow, I “grew up” with the van and it’s stories. I will miss it.

    Mazel Tov on the new wheels! She is a beauty.

  4. As they used to say in the old west, “Good bye ol’ Paint” or something like that. Good luck with your new ride! Pam

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