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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

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The new car

Dear ——–,

We bought a new car on Saturday because Allstate decided to declare my poor workhorse Civic — bashed by a hit and run two weeks ago — a total loss. I didn’t exactly want to go through the hassle of buying a new car because I already have strollers, cribs and layettes to learn about. But it’s spring and we’re expecting a baby and maybe it’s a time for new beginnings. As we poked and prodded five cars on Saturday, I’d never been so interested in trunk space and rollover danger. We made our decision on mileage. (The latest Subaru Outback has better mileage than the older version … but they inflated the station wagon into an SUV. Why not just keep the car the same size and get even better gas mileage?) I teased Bryan about wanting dolphins and polar bears to nuzzle us, but our back-of-the-envelope economic calculations made sense. We’d make the extra cost of the car back in gas money in about four years, even with a conservative assumption that gas prices would stay the same! When we got home, spring fever seized me. I did some spring cleaning with the vacuum and planted a packet of poppy seeds. Can’t wait to see the blooms!


By the way, here’s a last picture of my sad, smashed-in old car.

Bye, old car!




Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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