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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Farewell Hauler

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Farewell Hauler, my faithful friend.

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About a week ago, after days of ‘funny noises’.

my 6 year old Tahoe received a diagnosis

so expensive, my eyes rolled back in my head.


A second opinion confirmed the first.

The whole process of buying a car/truck is

so unpleasant,

so irritating,

6 hours later,

I felt pistol whipped.


Turning my Tahoe over,

pushed me over the edge and the tears started.


It only had 107,000 miles.

In my family,

that’s just getting warmed up.


My husband said my crying is why they lowered the price on my new vehicle.

I thought they lowered the price because of my dirty looks.

I really have lost my touch. 

 

That really wasn’t my plan.

I didn’t want to sell my truck.


For 6 years,

it never so much as whimpered

when I jumped curbs,

made u-turns,

parked illegally,

hit pot holes,

drove fast,

had its windshield cracked by spraying gravel,

filled the back end with plants,

furniture,

limestone,

and bricks,

and

junk…

 

Oh my, the junk.

 

It played my music

loud,

listened to me sing,

rehearse my AP English III lessons,

and its steering wheel cradled my head when I cried.

 

It held this precious cargo

many times.

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It protected me in a wreck on 59 in Houston

during rush hour traffic.

It hauled as fast as I could handle,

(a 6 1/2 hour drive that I made in 5 1/2 hours),

to an emergency room in downtown Houston,

when my husband was

very ill after surgery.



It pulled up to the drive thru window here, 

many times

so I  could pick up 2 regular Mexican plates.

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I am headed to Round Top

tomorrow in my new Tahoe

to meet my 3 daughters.

I have already told it ,

it has big shoes to fill,

and I will be reserving judgment.

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16 comments:

Karen said...

Have fun, Laura! We will want a blow by blow description of all that you see AND buy at Round Top. You lucky, lucky woman!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

oldgreymare said...

Love this post..truly..my Bessie is 8 with only 59,097 miles on her and I count on her.

xxx
z

NanaDiana said...

Laura- Oh- I so get it. We have a wonderful Toyota Sequoia and she just keeps humming along but I know the day is coming and I already dread it. I hope your new car is as wonderful as y our old one! Give her a nme so she becomes your true friend! xxoo Diana

Olive Cooper said...

I would be sad about that too. My twelve year old Jeep has about 199,000 miles on her and she is my junk hauler. In fact we are leaving for estate sales in a minute!. Have fun at Round Top♥

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

A girl and her hauler. It is a beautiful thing. Teeheehee.
Have a wonderul day. Sue

Theresa said...

Sounds like me, I drive a car over 100K also and trade it in ONLY when I have to! Have fun at Round Top, wish I could go too:( HUGS and safe travels!

Deb said...

I feel your pain....hopefully the new girl will step up and fill the shoes of your old girl...

Susan said...

Laura!!! I am crying, no almost sobbing, reading your post. Your words are so beautiful and I love the pictures and truisms! I know your new Tahoe understands that you will compare it to its' predecessor, but be patient, it will eventually learn your ways and be taking unexpected U turns, bumps and potholes so well your old Tahoe will be honking it's horn loudly in car heaven saying "well done, my boy"!!
Susan

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

I understand. My husband keeps making comments about high gas prices and how many miles per gallon by Suburban gets....we affectionately call her the Burber. I can't even think about parting with my Burber and whenever he makes these types comments, I give him the evil eye.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Have a safe and fun trip in your "new ride". :-D
Have a great weekend.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Laura, I bet you are stylin' in your new Tahoe and it'll be good to you. It knows. Have fun in Round Top with the girls and sing all the way there! Your Tahoe needs to feel comfy.

Hugs,

Nancy

Pondside said...

That was quite a ride (the Tahoe and the post!)
Have a great time at Round top - and post lots of pictures of it please.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Yes, buying a new vehicle is a real painful process these days. And, I hate figuring out all the gadgets in a new one. But, know you will enjoy your new "hauler" and know you and your daughters are having a wonderful time in Round Top. Love and laughter!

Lin said...

Laura,
I haven't been on the blogs for a very long time, but really enjoyed this post. I can relate, I get attached to my vehicles. Six years is not long at all! I actually reminisce about my 73 Ford Pinto, such a cute, fun car!!! I didn't know it was a safety hazard!
Enjoy your new ride!

Junebug said...

Oh mine, my Tahoe has 106,834! Yikes, it can't give up the ship!!! It truly is my hauler and best friend. I so envy you at Round Top, can only dream of going there. I've been lucky to make it to Canton a couple of times. I'm keeping my figures cross it will be Oregon to Texas this Sept.! Can't wait for pictures from Round Top and the new Hauler!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, My SUV is in the shop right now and I am waiting on the diagnosis. I hate car shopping with a passion so I am hoping she can be saved. Have a great time at Round Top.
xo,
Sherry

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