Intrigued: Farewell, old friend
October 24 2003 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Intrigued: Farewell, old friend | Friday, Oct. 24, 2003

Friday, Oct. 24, 2003

Intrigued: Farewell, old friend

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I've been saying goodbye to Trigger, the 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue that has served me well for the past five years.

Trigger still looks good - I've kept him clean and healthy. He runs good, too, though his engine sounds a bit more racy since we got the new catalytic converter a few thousand miles back.

I've enjoyed this car so much that I wouldn't think of trading except that it has piled up more than 133,000 miles, and winter's coming on. I sometimes find myself in far-flung places on Sundays, when most repair shops are closed, and I'll feel a mite more secure with a younger mount.

I'd buy another car just like it, but the brass at General Motors, in their wisdom, decided to phase out the venerable Oldsmobile line, and the Intrigue was one of the first to go.

So, I have my eye on a different model, which will no doubt find its way onto this page in a future issue.

In the meantime, I've been saying my farewells, washing and waxing the old boy for the last time, shampooing the carpet and oiling the saddle for its next rider.

While working, I've been remembering. Trigger took me through flooded streets to visit places hard hit by Hurricane Floyd five years ago, and through tree-crossed dirt roads to see what Isabel did just weeks ago.

Trigger has carried me to more than a hundred churches from Franklin to Moyock, to all of our colleges, and to more Baptist meetings than I can remember. There have been weeks when we were in Chowan one day, and in Hendersonville the next.

Trigger is old enough that most any dealer will just send him to a faceless wholesale lot, and I don't have the heart for that. So, I'm trying to find him a good home.

If you're looking for a solid car with good Baptist credentials and a ridiculously small price tag, check our classified ads.

As I say farewell, you could be saying hello.

10/24/2003 12:00:00 AM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments
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