Tuesday, September 28, 2004

It's all over now, baby blue.

As Mr Dylan wrote, it's all over now baby blue.

And so it was for my baby blue.

I picked up this blue honda civic in the winder of 1998, just before I went off to North Carolina to do a co-op. I don't remember who it was that coined the name, but someone decided to call it it 'baby blue' because of its color. The name stuck.

The car has been on some amazing road trips, too numerous to mention. It's transported sofas, kayaks, riverrafts, bicycles, desks, dressers, and probably a host of other items that I'm forgetting.

I promised all of my friends that I wouldn't get rid of it until it died on me. It almost died on me once a few years ago. It was just a few months after 9/11 and I was picking up my roommate Suman from the airport. On the way to the airport I saw the 'Check Engine' light go on, so I resolved to go get it checked out the next day. As I pulled into the passenger pickup area, I felt the car sputter and stall. I immediately shifted to neutral, flung open my door, jumped outside (while the car was still coasting), and pushed/steered it towards the curb so as to not hold up any traffic. I looked up to see 2 marines with their guns raised, cocked, and pointed at me. Needless to say, I flipped out. No permemant damage. They got a tow truck to take me out to the nearest gas station, after which I had to arrange for my own towing. I eventually go the car fixed (I had somehow blown the head gasket) weeks before driving it cross-country from Pittsburgh to Seattle.

It hasn't given me trouble since then, but it just didn't make sense to keep it here for 2 years while I'm off in India.

Anyways, here's pictures from the sale:

Jim picked her up for his son Eric Posted by Hello

Jim's a nice guy. He works as an HR person at the Seattle courts. We did the exchange and then I took a picture of him. Then I got him to take one of me.

I'm smiling on the outside, but crying on the inside. Posted by Hello

Finally, he dropped me off at the Avis to pick up my rental. I took a quick snap as he pulled away with my first car.

bye bye baby blue Posted by Hello

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

dude...Jim takes a lot better pictures than yo do! :P
baby blue definitely brings back fond memories! an unforgettable spring break down in the carolinas, my solo weekend trip from Pittsburgh to Connecticuit to meet my future wife!...the uncountable number of food and alcohol runs to shadyside, squrrell hill, the UC!...baby blue has definitely done its due service!