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Friday, April 28, 2006

Being Carless is the new awesome

After 21/2 years of owning a car in San Francisco, I decided that it was time to give going carless a try. Although to my Berkeley friends I might try to play this off as my desire to get a little more exercise and save the environment, it actually has a lot to do with the fact that my car smelled like it was going to explode every time I drove it, and that I paid more than its value in parking ticket and towing fees last year alone. Plus, have you guys seen the price of gas these days? Sheesh.

I decided to donate the Mercury Mystique. Initially, I wanted to give her to some self-sufficiency program, where she would be donated to homeless (or financially compromised persons) in a rehabilitation program in need of a vehicle. But those guys never got back to me about taking my car, so I ended up donating it to a program for “underprivileged youth” (which conveniently gives you a 3 day hotel stay at a location of your choice in the bargain. Ah, charity).

I had this car for 10 years. Here she is, in her natural San Francisco habitat:

My car has not had an easy life. She had to live on the street the entire time I owned her, had many a torrid affair with a tow truck, had her bumper tried and tested here in the city, and has been affectionately dubbed the "Mercury Mistake" by my auto mechanic. She even had to endure the bumper stickers that have been on there since college:

Cleaning the Mystique out was kind of like unearthing a time capsule. I found mix tapes and cds from old boyfriends, every pen I have ever lost, and stickers, photos and other mementos from the last 10 years.

So what do you do when you are donating your car to charity the next day?
Well. First, you bake a cake:

Then you get all your friends to pile in the back seat of the Mystique...:

... and drive up to Twin Peaks to use the last of the gas in the tank and sit on the hood eating cake while overlooking the city!

It was pretty good cake, but too cold for forks.

right paul?

this is us pretending we are at EFY.

I would like to point out that betsy ignored all counsel to bring a jacket to the car party because she said that "her outfit really wouldn't accommodate any bulky outerwear." But, once we got to the top of Twin Peaks, it was so cold that she had to wrap herself in this stylish blanket, and you can't see her perfectly preserved ensemble anyway!

You were a good car, Mercury Mystique. Look how happy I am to drive you.

This morning she ran off with another tow truck. And if I know her, it won't be her last.


  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger bets said…

    Why does Jeff hate to open his eyes in pictures so much? Also, Cameron's face in that "hood of the car" photo? OMG.

  • At 2:18 PM, Blogger bets said…

    Also, my outfit was the new awesome.

  • At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, car. I couldn't believe you were still around when I saw you back in February.

  • At 2:38 PM, Blogger Brig said…

    For some reason I forgot to say that that was me talking.

    2 comments a piece are the new awesome.

  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    remember that time you gave me a ride to sacramento to meet up with some math dudes and your car was smoking when we got to that gas station? it was just a month ago. but i remember it like it was just last month. mostly i remember how sweet it was. it referring to the car. i only met her once, but she certainly had the look of a cool smoker.

  • At 5:36 PM, Blogger bets said…

    This one time I was embarassed to drive in the Mystique because it had a Provo bumper sticker.

  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger marshall p said…

    did Di dye her hair red? what's going on in S.F.?

  • At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I must have stayed out too late since I kept seeing this entry as "Being Careless is the new awesome".

    Rumor has it that the Provo dance law has faded into oblivion. Maybe the kids down there finally settled down and quit their dancin' and knife fights.

  • At 3:47 PM, Blogger American Cowboy said…

    Betsy, you're doing a bad job hiding your moon lighting gig as an anamatronic whale at Marine World.

  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger miss sparks said…

    i will miss the mystique. she was a good car. RIP

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