A true story inspired by one of Sian's Random Five Facts and posted to her story telling Sunday:
My first car was a 1963 Chevrolet Valiant Stationwagon. It looked a lot like the car in the advertisement above (still limping along in the computer department, so this is the best I could do). It was already fifteen years old when it came into my possession and not in the best repair. Every morning, I filled it up with water (which leaked overnight) and checked the oil (which had to be replenished every week or so). The biggest problem (probably related to these first two) is that it would overheat if I tried to drive more than a mile without giving it a chance to cool off. No worries, though, as my high school was just under a mile from my house. I was able to drive it to and fro. And, at lunch, I knew every lunch hotspot within a mile radius of my high school. It served me well for my junior and senior years. When I went away to college, I left it with my parents. None of my siblings would deign to drive it. It sat unattended in front of their house for years. And then one day it disappeared. Against all good sense, someone had stolen it! A few months later, it was recovered. The police told my parents it had been used in a robbery but had broken down during the get-away. Apparently, the crooks lived more than a mile from the store they had held up. . .