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  •  A Volvo. In college. (9+ / 0-)

    You WERE a little shit back then. :)

    I was told I could have a car as soon as I could afford to pay for one. Actually where I went to college, parking was quite limited; freshmen could not have cars on campus. I did work every summer but still it took me until I was in grad school to be able to afford a car. A very beat-up seven-year-old Valiant.

    •  A Volvo in MICHIGAN! Boy, did I take shit (6+ / 0-)

      for that! I later found out that the Amex was attached to my father's expense account: his company ended up pretty much paying for my college expenses.

      Yep, I was an over-privileged little shit. That Volvo? Only about three years old.

      However, one must come clean about past deeds.

      You wouldn't have liked me much back then, and what life didn't beat out of me on the privilege side,
      Terun made short work of. ;)

      "To take another person's life from the bench is no better than to take another person's life from the street"

      by commonmass on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 04:34:34 PM PDT

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      •  I might not have liked you (10+ / 0-)

        but I'd probably have "liked" you. If ya get my drift.

        Let's face it. Most young men, even the nicest ones, can be pretty insufferable at times.

        I got my first credit card when I was 28 years old. And cut up my last one (discounting the one I use when traveling on official business) when I was 36. I did plenty of damage in the intervening years. The plastic in my wallet these days consists entirely of debit cards. No money? No purchase.

        The Valiant incidentally was a real p.o.s. I've commented about it here at various times.

        I wonder how far off of your topic I've veered. Certainly I was white but I was also a long-haired hippie during my college years and into grad school. I was also in the closet. There was privilege and there was also not privilege. We were lower-middle-class until my mom re-entered the workforce when I was in my mid-teens; my folks were Depression babies who always lived frugal lives.

        On the other hand I spent most of my childhood living in a garden apartment development that became racially integrated only by court order. My elementary school was lily-white. The only person of color in the entire school was a third-grade teacher (who had a stellar reputation by the way). Leaving Queens for Nassau County after graduating elementary school I found myself for the first time in a racially-mixed though economically fairly homogeneous environment. When we returned to Queens after a year the junior high I entered was also integrated but mainly due to court-ordered busing, so the culture clash was not only racial but economic as well.

    •  damn, sfbob ... in college I got a (3+ / 0-)
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      car as a senior. For less than I gave for my senior ring. It was  a 15-year-old Dart Swinger.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Steve Earle, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 07:11:38 PM PDT

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      •  Same general idea (2+ / 0-)
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        I think the Valiant and the Dart were pretty much the same car, or at least very similar, during most of the time they were produced.

        Mine was certainly not the Plymouth equivalent of a Swinger; it was a two-door sedan with three-speed-on-the-column transmission. The car cost me $750; it was way overpriced given how run-down it was but I was quite clueless about it. I poured over $2,000 into it over the next 18 months, then sold it for $150. Which was probably more than it was worth, given that it died completely six weeks later.

        But really the point is that my folks did not consider a car essential, at least not for me. I did live in New York City after all. And in fact once I left my folks home in eastern Queens and moved to western Queens having a car was more of a nuisance than a convenience, so it didn't much bother me to be rid of it.

        •  Mine cost $325 -- Dad bargained it down (1+ / 0-)
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          because it had, like, 130K on the odometer. He didn't really want me to buy it -- he always tried to get me to buy six-cylinders. It was my first 318, and I drove it like I lived in Hazzard County. I had it about a year and three months when a guy offered me $600 for it. I took the money and ran ...

          of the vehicles I've owned since, two have been other-than-318/360 pickups. Both were four-cylinder K-cars. One's waiting on me to restore it; the other, about the fifth or sixth time I got a call to come get it years after I'd sold it, I had the DPS send to be crushed.... I only had the one 5.9 pickup; but the next one may be another 5.9. Only, a Cummins this time.

          The Best Mechanic in the known universe tells me that, at 205K, my '97 Ram shouldn't be going on long road trips anymore.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Steve Earle, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 10:10:04 PM PDT

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          •  A friend of mine got 300k miles out of an F-150 (0+ / 0-)

            As for me, my subsequent cars have consisted of two Honda Preludes--the first a 1985 model I bought in '87 and the second a new one I bought in 2001 and owned til I totaled it (speaking of driving as though one lived in Hazzard County) and a 2010 Mazda 3 hatchback.

            •  Oh, Kevin tells me it'll go another 10 years (1+ / 0-)
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              in everyday use. It's just not going to give me all the bells-and-whistles goodies on 400-miles-each-way, pulling a 20-foot-trailer full of furniture, anymore. Eleven years, I've had that truck. Losing it is a little like losing a pet...

              LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Steve Earle, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 03:06:12 PM PDT

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              •  That's how my friend felt (1+ / 0-)
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                He did a great deal of hauling with his truck, maintaining properties in New Jersey, upstate New York and Cape Cod.

                About the only thing he didn't miss when the truck finally gave up was the ten miles per gallon he was used to. I don't remember what he bought to take its place.

                •  Sugarfoot gets 14 in town and 18 on the hiway (0+ / 0-)

                  now. When she first came to live with us, it was 17 and 22...

                  she and I have seen the Coast off Galveston together, and been to Stallion's Gate, all over El Paso, San Antonio, DFW, up to Amarillo, across a fair chunk of New Mexico, to Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

                  If I could find somebody who knew how to do rings and valves, I'd get that 318 put back like new.

                  LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Steve Earle, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

                  by BlackSheep1 on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 05:24:46 PM PDT

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