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This past week I said goodbye to my 97 Misubishi Galant that I drove for the past almost 11 years. Needless to say, I went through quite a lot with this car including a large part of undergrad, student teaching, planning a wedding, my first and second teaching jobs, and graduate school. I lived in four different states and spend countless hours traveling to and from school and work and visiting family and friends.
I never thought that I would get sentimental about a car, but it was really hard cleaning it out, knowing that I was driving it for the last time, and leaving it at the dealership. It served me quite well for many years and certainly doesn't own me anything. While it caused me a lot more stress the past six months than I care to admit, I was still sad to see it go.
It feels like I've finished a chapter in my life and am starting the next one with my (new to me) 2011 Toyota RAV4. Today I'm sharing some pictures of the Misubishi through the last decade as well as a little peak at the new RAV.
Probably the summer of 2003
I think that I took this picture not long after I got the car, but I'm not positive.
Driving from Valparaiso University to Chicago with Jake who took this picture
This was back before the days of awesome smartphone cameras and apps like Instagram when everyone didn't have a billion pictures that look exactly like this. At the time, I thought that it was awesome.
Waxing cars by hand with Jake in his parent's driveway
Driving from House on the Rock to Iowa City. And no, I did not take this picture of myself. I know that it kind of looks like I did. Jake and I took this little trip just a couple weeks after we moved to Iowa City from Chicago, and my caption for this photo on Facebook was: "Notice how I'm not screaming at the other drivers? That's because I'm not driving in Chicago!"
August 1, 2010
A nerd moment.
Just after I hit 150,000, which was the last big milestone number that I had with the car.
The final days.
First days with the RAV4.
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