I also spent summers as a teen driving a 1950 ford tractor around the property. We used it for moving logs and brush around and launching boats on the beach.
Once I got my license my primary vehicle was my parent's 1996 Dodge Caravan on the rare occasion I need to go somewhere. (I grew up in a small town and could walk or bike anywhere I'd ever need to go in about 5 minutes.)
I learnt to drive stick that summer in by dad's 1985 datsun pickup (4WD King Cab). It was used mainly for going on hikes in the summer (handy on forest service roads) and getting firewood in the fall.
When I went to college and then Austraila I was vehicle free for 6 years except when I did some autodetailing work in Brisbane for a couple weeks. There I got to move the occasional Porche, Jaguar or other really fancy car worth more money than I had made up to that point in my life around the parking garage. I was shitting myself every time as it was my first time driving a right hand drive vehicle.
The first car that was ever mine was a 1985 Camry I got when I was 24 and then only because my sister left me hers when she moved to England. I put 9000 km on it in two weeks that summer when I drove to HuSiStock and it broke down twice on the way. I was stuck in Thunder Bay for a day (boo) and the Schoolhouse for 2 (yay) and drove the 4000 km back home in three and a half days. Since then I drove it so infrequently that the battery was always dead when I went to use it. Run down by the clock. I only ever drive weekends in the winter going up to the skin hill and sold it the folloing spring to a buddy who was driving to Ontario. It barely made it there in one piece and he got $25 for it from a junk yard.
I now have my brother's 1985 Civic which he couldn't take with him to Alberta because it wouldn't pass the safety inspection he needed to get it registered. I've put less than 4000km on in the past year and almost half of that was from a trip to Vancouver.
My commute to work is a 5 minute walk, the grocery store is even closer and I can get everywhere else I need to go by bike. At least I don't have to worry about gas prices.
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