And the Wheels Go ‘Round

I own an Aztek still, even after it made the “50 Worst Cars of All Time” list published by Time Magazine five years ago. Service is great, comfort is tops. It has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever driven. My running around has escalated since retirement, and though I hated the idea of adjusting to a new car’s temperament, I had to face the facts. My Aztek has 315, 706 miles and, though still serving me well, I don’t put it through the stress of road trips that take me more than a couple of hours away. Now I have a small economy car for longer adventures.

The dear old Aztek has been on some great runs: to the Atlantic Coast twice (the first time my son used it on his honeymoon), to Las Vegas, to Chicago with Jake the chihuahua as navigator, (omg, the traffic!), on countless road trips in the Missouri/Arkansas/Tennessee/Kentucky areas, and on a few backroad jaunts that were against my better judgment. Miles and memories galore! Without question I would jump at the opportunity to buy an identical model if Pontiac were still around and Azteks were in production, in spite of the fact that some family members don’t want to be seen in it… like my sister.

Those Aztek wheels have been the source of my security, freedom and independence since 2001. It is downright criminal that I can never purchase another. Gas mileage is super, body still looks reasonably good, except for the fading of the black plastic trim. Oddly, I saw an identical vehicle in the Bootheel once. It had the same faded black plastic, tail lights that seemed discolored by interior moisture, and a dangling light over the license plate. It seemed that parallel universes had intersected for a nano-second.

I will run those wheels off before I give it up. That process has begun, I guess. One wheel cover is now history, but I won’t replace it. She has earned her scars and she wears them well.

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About gleefulee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making passionate, lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. Now totally retired and looking for my summers to be full of fun as well! Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still very much a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content contributor for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist for our local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness.
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