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More than just a truck

January 6, 2011 - Per Peterson
It’s pretty amazing how you can get attached to a vehicle —?especially when it’s a truck. Especially when it’s a truck your dad used to drive. Years ago my dad bought this little S-10 and for some reason, to me, it was the best truck ever. It isn’t flashy and has only a cassette player, but it’s got comfortable bucket seats. Since he doesn’t drive anymore, my parents told me last winter I could use it if I could dig it out from the mountain of a drift it was parked under. So I did. Then I slapped a couple new tires on it and away I went. A?year later, however, things have gone bad. It burns oil, the gauges jump, the cruise is out, the driver’s side door doesn’t close right, the rust holes in each side are getting bigger by the minute, the heat’s out, there’s no A/C, and it chugs — up AND down hills. All this makes getting from A to B a challenge — not a comfortable one in January. Still, even as I’m on the verge of upgrading to a newer vehicle, it’s hard to think the ol’ girl is soon to be relegated to a farm truck. Maybe it’s the sentimental value, the fact that it used to be the truck my dad slowly drove around town or out to the farm in. Ultimately, I’m glad to be able to get into a more reliable vehicle (knock on wood), but that little S-10 will always stay in my garage. It’s a good pickup, rust and all. Plus, when cassettes make a comeback, I'll be ready.


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