And I’m not as upset about my neck pain, back ache or probable increase in my insurance payments as I am about losing my car.
Here’s the story: I’ve had more cars than boyfriends. And no matter how much I tried to get rid of this Honda, it stuck. For 11 years.
I reluctantly bought this car, used, after driving around a massive Nissan Xterra. The first thing I did before driving it off the lot was flip down the visor to check the mirror. And there she was, a photo sticker of some woman I decided to name Carmelita.
And she has been my angel car ever since.
I have left the car keys on the roof of this car for hours in the Honolulu Zoo parking lot on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve had the best parking karma with her. And up until this weekend, I hadn’t been in an accident.
This car — as much as I wanted to sell it and get something better, roomier, with four doors — was a huge part of my life. And it was, strange to say, sad to see her hauled off by a tow truck.
I almost cried, actually.
Who would think cars could have this kind of affect on people. But this car did to me. She took me surfing every morning, around the island dozens of times, to hiking trails, homes, hospitals, jobs. She was part of my life in every way — and now she’s sitting in some dusty tow yard, alone and empty.
It breaks my heart.
But the thing that gets me is this: that car protected me, especially that night. I walked away with minor pain in my neck and back — but that’s it. Otherwise, I’m fine, healthy, with my sense of humor in tact. But the car was destroyed.
So this is my little ode to Carmelita, now probably an organ donor of sorts, her parts hopefully helping other cars live on. She was the best car I ever had, and I will miss her dearly.
Am I crazy or do you have a special relationship with your car, too?
Dog Kimono from Inu Inu Hawaii
Days left: 3
Dog kimono or yukata from Inu Inu Hawaii (www.inuinuhawaii.com)
Price: $30 online or at pet boutiques such as Calvin & Susie in Kilohana Square
The gist: Bored of the usual dog outfits? Or your pooch is quite the fashion diva? Get a kimono (or yukata) from Honolulu-based Inu Inu Hawaii, which specializes in unique Asian-inspired apparel for dogs. They come in all sizes — in fact, you can custom order ones for larger breeds — and patterns. Imagine your Rottweiler in one of these!
Best for: Dog owners, of course!