Cars, like people, deserve a proper retirement send-off. Today we bid adieu to Kish’s little blue BMW station wagon.
We’ve had the blue Beemer for nine years and put on more than 100,000 miles. The car has patiently endured paint splashes, clipped side-view mirrors, fender benders, coffee spills, and lots of dog hair. It has borne us to and from faraway places, lugging loads of happy people, dozing dogs, suitcases, paintings, and stray furnishings. It has delivered reasonably good mileage. And it has continued to serve for years after it was paid off, requiring only periodic maintenance in order to provide the essential of reliable daily transportation. It has become a kind of member of the family.
But to every thing there is a season, and for the little blue Beemer the season of change came when the alternator gave up the ghost on I-77 and had to be replaced. The worm of doubt about its continuing reliability was introduced, and with that its hour of career change inevitably drew nearer. So today we trade it in for a new Acura mini-SUV, but we thank the BMW for its years of faithful service and wish it the best in its future endeavors.
And now, we’d like to present it with this plaque and a gift certificate to Jiffy Lube.