We velcroed Elmo's butt to Sammy's front dashboard and littered the back seat with McDonald's Happy Meal toys earned on high school lunch runs. We drove Sammy to band practice and bowling and even got chased once by some creepy teenage guys, which became of course a favorite teenage memory.
Then there was Joey, a nondescript white car, so nondescript that I have no idea what kind of car he was either. My parents kindly gave him to me in college, where he drove me to innumerable trips to Rocky Mountain Coffee Company or whatever coffee house was in vogue that season.
It died on my parent's front drive while I was in Amsterdam, never to be driven again. Upon returning from Amsterdam, my parents once again generously bestowed upon me their old car, which officially makes me a spoiled brat, I believe. It was a Chevy Lumina I never named but will now name Adelaide, and whose exact color (officially "Aubergine" to Chevrolet) was always a mystery. Adelaide was a chameleon whose low profile and murky color could blend into any parking lot, ensuring you would wander for at least 10 minutes seeking her out.
Adelaide led me on many adventures, such as getting stranded here and getting stranded there and getting stranded everywhere. Luckily, in her old age Adelaide decided to simply get me stranded at home and died a peaceful death in our garage.
And so, at the age of 31, I had to buy my first car (unless you count the several hundred cottage cheese dollars I chipped in on Sammy). And here she is:
She's a 2002 Chrysler Concord, which is rated as reliable as a Honda Accord. She has a sunroof and power windows and air conditioning and, get this, butt warmers! I don't even know what to do with myself and my toasty buns. I never actually even saw her or sat in her before signing the papers, so far does my trust of my husband and my lack of car-i-ness extend. But now that I have sat in her pleasantly warmed seats, I think I'm in love.
So what should I name my toasty new carriage?
P.S. You can see here how much snow we still have from Saturday's storm! Quite a lot more than any other place in the city!