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Mooning About

I checked into buying a new car but the couple of cars that were left from last year were very expensive loaner cars that were grimy with prior customer use. They were ugly, with sharply pointed frames where one would want round, well-cushioned lines that suggest comfort and protection. Anyway, this year's new models are not yet available and no one knows when they will be available. They say this is due to what is now a more than one-year shortage of computer chips. And whatever other ghastly troubles the titans of industry are battling out in the shadows.

I did not want a new car anyway because it would be bothersome, perhaps even impossible for me to learn all the newfangled dashboard gadgets that are standard on new cars. For example, I do not want antilock brakes to commandeer my car during an emergency, I captain my own ship. And, I do not see how I could overcome the problem that the new onboard electronic screens fade to unintelligibility in daylight. I cannot safely drive under those conditions, no one can.

So, in the hopes that I will be able to drive my 2007 Hyundai Elantra for the rest of my life, I am having it repaired, detailed, and painted; and I am mooning about until I am mobile in it again.

Mooning About While My Car Is Being Repaired

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2022



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