I was one of the few kids in my group of middle school friends who didn’t have a car.
I had to bum rides from whoever I could whenever I couldn’t borrow my mother’s minivan.
Back after that I just wanted to spend endless hours driving with amazing songs playing on the motorcar beatbox. This is what my friends and I would do more than anything else when gasoline was cheap back at that time. Although once I hit 18, my friend and I were often “smoking” in the motorcar as much as I don’t like to admit to it these days. My buddy and I would get something really strong, feel the effects, and then space out to some trippy sounding songs that we’d take turns curating. This was right at the beginning of the smartphone era so my friend and I all had CDs and MP3 players at the time. I inherited an SUV from a family member after I graduated from middle school and I’ll never forget how nice I felt getting that motorcar detailed for the first time and putting my stuff inside to make it “mine.” I had CDs all over the arena by the end of my freshman year of school. Unfortunately, the a/c in that motorcar only lasted for six months after I got the coolant recharged during my detailing visit. The mechanic thought that it just needed current coolant, however my friend and I later determined that it had a leaking compressor. You could top off the coolant in the car’s a/c, however then it would drain within six months of yearly use, leaving you back where you started again.
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