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Just like couples celebrate anniversaries and birthdays together, I think car owners should celebrate similar milestones with their cars.  In this day and age, it’s a huge accomplishment when a relationship lasts – say…25 years.  How about when your car lasts – say…100,000 miles? It’s a special occasion! Just be very careful. Obviously, it’s going to happen while you’re in motion.

I’ll never forget the day I bought my first brand new car!  It was a Chevy Cavalier.  OK, so it wasn’t a Corvette.  But, that’s not too shabby for a 19 year-old punk kid!  Once I brought it home from the dealer, I think I stared at the car for an hour straight.  The neighbors thought I was a little cuckoo.  I probably was!  That was a GREAT day.

Another great day came about 5 years down the road.  I was living in Chicago and driving late one night on the Kennedy Expressway (I-90).   I knew my Cavalier odometer was getting close to the 6 digit mark.  But, as usual, life had gotten in the way and distracted me.  So, I forgot about the upcoming “MILEstone.”  As you can imagine, in a city the size of Chicago, the Kennedy is most always JAMMED.  8 lanes are all filled with irate drivers in more of a hurry than everyone else.  I had just been cut off by one of those drivers when I happened to glance down.  What did I see?  99,999.8.  Whoa.  We’re just about there!

Remember: this was an era WITHOUT cellphone cameras.  So, there was not going to be any photographic evidence of the event.  I had to “live in the moment” and get the most out of the experience.  So, my eyes looked up…and down…and up…and down…for the next 10-15 seconds.  Once it actually hit 100K,  I rolled down the windows and let out a loud “YEEEAH!”  What I DIDN’T count on was the guy who had just cut me off thinking I was yelling…at HIM.

Uh-oh.  Party’s OVER.


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