Monday, July 14, 2014

Parting with a Saturn Named Slick

   Three years after her divorce Maggie moved to join her daughter in California.  She did not want it to drive the distance from Kentucky for fear it would wear out her beloved Saturn.  She had Slick shipped at the cost of $1500.  When the shipping truck came to pick up Slick Maggie hugged Slick and said “I’ll see you in California.  Take care”

   After two months in San Francisco Maggie noticed Slick’s paint job looked tarnished.  She had been taking it to the drive through wash like she used to do in Kentucky.  She couldn’t figure out how to remove the blemish and where it was coming from.  Kentucky didn’t have the moist air of the Bay Area.  Finally she realized the fog of San Francisco toughens dust and it sticks to Slick.  Soap and water spray wasn’t going to fix it.  She quit going to the car wash and bought RainX Fast Wax.  She would hand wax Slick during the cold fall and winter in the street parking.  It usually took 2 hours to do it well.  Slick looked shinny as new.  Maggie’s new friends kept asking her what year model was it. 

   Then in the spring of 2014 the GM recall was announced over the 6 o’clock news.  The recall was overdue.  A number have died in fatal accidents before the defects were acknowledged by the car manufacturer.  Slick was included in the recall.  The news of the fatalities scared Maggie but not enough for her to consider parting with Slick.  After the news about the recall broke out Maggie started to receive the recall letters telling her Slick would be fixed at no cost and that she would be notified as soon as parts are available. 

   Four months and four similar letters later Maggie was still waiting.  The letters gave no promise of parts an any given time frame.  It could be any day or never.  She was starting to get worried.  Slick was aging and the defect could hit anytime without warning.  If she were to die alone with Slick that would be ‘romantic’.  Now that her daughter rides with her a fatal accident is no longer acceptable.   

   Maggie decided with a heavy heart to trade in Slick.  A friend recommended Melody Toyota in San Bruno.  She got a clean, shiny like new 2008 Toyota Matrix at a price she can afford.  She named it Trixie.

   Before she left Slick she gave it a long hug and whispered “Please forgive me.  This hurts me too.  I hope you understand.”  And she cried as she drove away.  A last look at Slick told her Slick understood her.  Someday if she should ever have available parking and the money to afford a ‘pet car’ she will find Slick through her Vin number and buy her back at whatever condition.  Maggie has lost a lot in her life that can’t be bought back.  Slick won’t be one of them.  

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