This is pretty easy for me.

The year was 1986. I had some money saved up and was thinking about a car to take to college. In my area there were two in particular that caught my eye. They looked exactly like this, both of them:

Actually the more I think about it, I think one was Petty Blue.

Anyway. One was $3500, the other was $4000.

Not joking. Those were the prices. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. They were both in running condition and each was, not exaggerating, about a ten-minute bike ride from my house.

I needed some help from my folks, because I only had about $2500 saved.

That garnered a pretty loud guffaw from my dad, and Mom wasn’t having any of it. So, that was that.

Now I drive a Prius, and I can say without crossing my fingers that I love it. But from time to time, I think about what the view might have been like to peer through slitted eyes along that bullet nose and chase the horizon.