So here’s the meme. Long answers or short.
1. What was your first car? Model, year, color, condition?
2. What adventures did you have in it, good or bad?
3. What happened to it, what’s the end of the story?
So my first car was a 1994 Chrysler LeBaron my parents bought used in 1996. It looked very much like this.
Those became my primary wheels in 2002 once I finally started driving. I was late to the party since I had no reason to drive anywhere prior, second my parents used my drivers license as leverage to speed me up in getting my Eagle Scout, it didn’t work. I finally bothered to give a crap and get my license so I could go visit the future Minutewoman while she was home on break. The interior was in quite decent shape, though the paint was flaking off by the time I got it.
I had a couple interesting road trips in it. Mainly between the Seattle area and the Palouse where I now reside. The most memorable was a trip where I told the future wife I had to go help my mom with some stuff and I’d be on IM later that night. I then drove the 5 and a half hours and knocked on her dorm room door with roses while wearing a tuxedo. This car was also the source of a personal record for the Pullman Seattle run.
One night on the cross state strip I found a dead deer in the middle of my lane on highway 26. I shaved it’s belly after straddling it. It sprayed entrails all over the firewall and engine block. It stunk to high heaven for about 2 months until the rest of it burned off.
I had a lot of fun in that car and loved it cause it always treated me well. I traded her in because she was starting to burn oil and maintenance bills were increasing expensive. We replaced her with the 2003 Explorer Sport in 2007.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.