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Saying Goodbye to Cars?

oneeye Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 2:07 AM
Nice article, Michael. Days gone by. I remember my first automobiles fondly. BTW your '53 Plymouth had a flathead inline 6, not a V6.

A shorter version of this column appeared first in the Wall Street Journal.

I recently said goodbye to car I had enjoyed and cherished for several years, repeating an experience familiar to most of my fellow baby-boomers. Bringing our twenty-year-old son into the garage the night before taking the vehicle back to the dealer at the expiration of the lease, I unsuccessfully invoked the bittersweet nature of the moment. “Take a good look,” I urged. “This is the last night he’s going to spend in this garage, the only home he’s ever known.”

My boy didn’t get it. “Sometimes you’re really...