Surprisingly Anti-climactic

March 4, 2010


Nine years and five months ago the Civic had 4 miles on it. Now it has some small amount over 200,000 miles. And I did it all wrong. I should have arranged it so that I was in some exotic place like West Point or Sidney, Cairo or York, Hershey or Madrid, Oxford or Peru, Prague or Louisville, Springfield or St. Paul. Anywhere but here:

This is the most boring part of my daily drive. The only saving grace it has is that you can pass people here. It’s only other claim to fame is that Samith hit a deer here in college*.

How many miles are on your car? I’m just curious, not bragging or anything.

*Honestly, I don’t know how that deer got accepted at Concordia in the first place, but its none-to-glorious college career was cut abruptly short that day.

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11 Responses to “Surprisingly Anti-climactic”

  1. Karla Said on:

    Our Saturn has 92000, the Grand Am has 89000, and the Cavalier has 145000. Yes, right now the two Lehman drivers have 3 cars. The Cav is on the way out.

    My dad had a Ford Club Wagon that he drove until it could go no longer. It made it to 322000 miles! There’s a picture on Mom and Dad’s refrigerator of the van being towed away. And of the odometer.


  2. Brad Said on:

    That’s cool.

    I have no idea what my odometer says. Do you always know what your odometer says, or are you just particularly aware of it because of the 200000 thing?

    My memory archive says I’m somewhere between 30 and 40 thousand.


    • Lloyd Said on:

      Yeah, I pretty much just know that number. When you sit in your car for an hour and twenty minutes each day (and you drive in Nebraska) you have to have something to look at.


  3. Lauren Said on:

    The truck, which has been driven more times this past week than it has all winter, is somewhere past 98000.


  4. Beth Said on:

    My Grand Am (his name is Jake) has just over 150,000. I forgot to take a picture when it turned, dang it.

    My previous Grand Am (his name was Al) had 226,000 when I sold him.

    And my first car, a Chevy Caprice Classic (his name was Norm) had 222,000 when I sold him.

    On another note, I think the most interesting thing about that stretch of Highway is the story behind why all the trees have been cut down on the south side of the road.


    • Peggy Said on:

      Ok… so what’s the story behind all the trees cut down on the south side of the highway?

      My car already has 1,058 miles on it! (I went out to look) What the…? It had 12 when I got it on Feb. 1, 2010.


  5. Gretchen Said on:

    Our Passat has nearly 70,000. Can’t say what the new Jetta has -- I don’t drive it and it is at work already. Our 1981 Jetta says 122,984. However, that is the third odometer we’ve had for that car, and it was used when we got it. (let me clarify -- the car was 20 years old with 30,000 miles on it when we bought it and we had to replace the odometer with used odometers twice, so I have no idea what the real mileage is.)


  6. bekahcubed Said on:

    Hah! I’m remembering my dad slowing way down and calling the whole family to look over his shoulder as the odometer turned from a row of nines to a row of zeros. It was the first and only time my family had ever had a “new” car.


    • Rae Said on:

      That happened in our family car TWICE. The second (and last) time, I had put on the most recent 50,000 miles and was very excited to watch the event. With about 5 miles to go, my dad, mom, and younger brother took the car out, drove around the church a whole bunch of times and watched the ‘turnover’ without me! 🙁 (My dad was the pastor and the church was across the drive, with a circular drive around the whole thing.)


  7. Christina Said on:

    The truck has 128,000 miles. The van has about 20,000 miles on it and the camaro has 200 miles on it.

    I’m surprised the truck has fewer miles than your civic. Like Karla, we have three cars, but we just got 3 drivers recently as well.


  8. Mark Said on:

    My ’03 Dodge Ram (The Big Pig) has just under 49,000 miles on it. Our ’07 Pacifica just passed 23,000 miles. We don’t really drive a lot or even very far, except down to Branson or Lake of the Ozarks once or twice a year.


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