My Odometer

While waiting at a red light, on the corner of Innes and Mahaley – here in Salisbury, NC – I noticed my odometer was almost all 2’s. Even with the dangling 7 – the outlier – how often does that happen? In any case, I was just sitting there. So I took a picture.

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Odometer Oct. 17, 2008

This was October 17, 2008, just a few weeks before that historic election.

So much has changed in 162 days.

I took another picture today. March 28, 2009. The odometer shows 228,750.

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Odometer March 28 2009

I’ve driven 6,523 miles. That’s a bit more than 40 miles per day.

Feels like more.

I made one trip to Columbia, South Carolina. Other than that, all of my driving was in Salisbury, Concord, Mooresville, Kannapolis, or Huntersville.

I got two tickets. Both in Huntersville. I left the car running and delivered Coffee News to a salon. I got in a conversation with the stylist. It’s against the law to leave your keys in the car, much less leave it running. I was also parked on the wrong side of the street. The cop was quite angry. It turns out my insurance had lapsed – sixth months earlier – for a few days. So he took my plate. He felt a lot better after that. I drove 45 minutes back to Salisbury without a license plate. This was an honest mistake that the state has found in its heart – after some paperwork, a temporary tag, and a hearing – to forgive.

What’s the lesson here? Always pay Geico on time. Never park funny and then pause to chat with a hair stylist. Appreciate how remarkable this car is. It needs the exhaust manifold replaced. The AC only works part of the time. But overall it does an amazing job.

0 Replies to “My Odometer”

  1. I should add this advice – never wave to a friend in a cop car if you have long hair. And then, don’t get smart with the cop when he asks you “don’t you know how to roll down a window?” And then, stand perfectly still and do nothing provocative when he demands that you get out of the car so that he can verbally excoriate you by the side of the road. All told, mind your Ps and Qs!

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