Saturday, October 15, 2011


There are pros and cons to driving a 22 year old Mercury Marquis as your regular ride.

You never worry about minor scratches or body bumps because there is already a spot of rust here and there. You never worry about anybody wanting to steal your car because it is an old wreck.
You get tons of leg room and never need a running board to be able to get into the car.

Ahhh, here's the big "But..."

You must accept the semi-constant risk of break-downs that can be very inconvenient! As I drove Matthew, my unofficially adopted son back to his dorm at New Hampshire Technical Institute, my wipers decided to quit while it was raining. Sigh. It was a big mist, not a downpour, at least. The wiper seemed to be hitting and binding or sticking on the underside of the front part of the hood. I would pull over and Matthew would flip the blade clear of where it was bound and then they would wipe fine for a few miles until they got stuck again.

So I was able to complete the trip with a few stops for wiper blade clearing and decided to take some pictures of the foliage as I meandered homeward. Today heavy winds are predicted, so it will take away all the pretty colors and strip the trees bare, so I'm glad that I got these shots.

The parts store called to say that the new replacement wiper arm assembly is in, so off I go to fetch it and to pick up my fall order of Dutch Master Daffodils from the Belknap County Conservation District's sale. Pray for clear skies!!!!!!!


Kathleen said...

I feel your pain! We had a Lincoln Cont. that ran for years, gave it to my mother in law & then our nephew but last week we said goodbye to it so he could get something better, but you can't beat those cars. Love the colors, here in Tennessee they are just beginning to turn.

JCnNC said...

It is a constant fear - if we take the 1988 Olds, I always mentallly think - how inconvenient will it be today if we breakdown - and we make our decision accordingly. I will still take new wiper blades over a new car - lot cheaper. Judy C

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