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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-10 17:20
Subject: [personal] The end of an era, in a small way
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The 1967 Volvo 122S (in racing trim) which I bought shortly before the onset of my primary cancer, and has thus sat idle in my garage for over 2-1/2 years, is gone. I've sold it back to the guy I bought it from. Today he took it away.

I think I'm done with cars I have to skin my own knuckles on.

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User: jtdiii
Date: 2010-10-11 00:34 (UTC)
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My dad sold the Mercedes... The garage seems strangely empty.

Life changes happen alas.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-11 00:35 (UTC)
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Dude... That was literally the car of his dreams, was it not?
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User: jtdiii
Date: 2010-10-11 02:24 (UTC)
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Yes, in so many ways.

While getting his masters at Yale, he saw this virginia blue Mercedes Cabriolet.

You may have seen the one he had while I was at Choate, he sold it to pay for law school. And because he could not afford to stay ahead of the rust.

Then he saw a car leaving a car auction in Maine on a flatbed going in the other direction. He chased but lost it. He went to the auction house and got the phone number. The car was from Madison, CT! After much haggling he bought it and got the records. 36K original miles, and the original owner lived two blocks from where he first saw it. Speak of serendipity, that was his dream car, the exact one he fell in love with.

Alas real estate sales were down and he had just finished an addition on the house. The addition is gorgeous, he used a local architect who normally does nothing less than several million but is a client of dad's. He finds dad challenging... He at one point wanted to redo the cottage on the same footprint, where the architect wants to rotate and expand it.

In any case to pay off the construction debts he parted with the car. Broke his heart but it was for the best. It sold with hours of the ad printing in Hemmings Motor News. He was still getting calls two weeks later, there were only 500 odd of them made.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2010-10-11 00:37 (UTC)
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Sometimes it's really hard to let go of a dream, I know too well. But there's something liberating about facing reality and letting it go. Especially when the object goes to someone you know will care for it well. Congrats, dude, in a commiserating kind of way.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-10-11 04:35 (UTC)
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Maintaining a classic car is fine if you really, really enjoy doing the work yourself and are a car wonk. Otherwise it ends up being something you have to pay someone else to do.

The same applies to houses, I suspect.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-10-11 09:05 (UTC)
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Parting with cars is always slightly sad: at least you know where it's gone to.
(I will refrain from very English remarks about Volvos...)
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