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Thursday, December 21, 2006

The December Ritual

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 8:41 AM

It's the age of the automobile, and I, like most of you, have to go through the ritual once every year - car inspection!

That's a shot of a smiling Pat McCaffrey and Sam the mechanic at McCaffrey's Sunoco at North & North in beautiful Burlington yesterday.

I remember my first automobile - a 1959 Chevy I bought in 1969 for $40. Put 10,000 miles on it before it died in Chicago.

I picked up Car #2 in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971 - a 1964 Chevy. Price: $270.

Ah, the good old days!

Just getting the Ol' 2001 Saturn in shape to pass inspection this week cost $571. Two new tires, alignment, muffler strap, tie rods, and making the damn red electrical warning light on the dash stay off.

If only they'd been designed to run on water!

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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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