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August 11, 2006



Ah. The Rabbit. In 1982, my grandmother broke her hip at Thanksgiving and couldn't drive. My mother then drove her Cadillac. (Because all grandmothers drove Cadillacs.) I drove her Rabbit. I was 16 and it was my first car. Come spring break 1983 I was moving out of my mother's house and into my father's house. On that last day I went to drop Josh Soven off at his house. While stopped at a stop sign, a Bell Atlantic truck slammed into our rear end, crushing the car.

I move out an hour later and got my dad's old Chevy Citation. A truly rotten car, but at least it was driveable. The Rabbit wasn't. Bell Atlantic paid to have it repaired, because they were at fault, not me. My mother never believed that.


David, I just test drove one the other day. I am now 100% convinced that it's the car for me.

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