Miles and miles and miles

My Saturn is ten years old today! It has 106,587 miles on it and it has never given me any signifcant trouble. When I first got the car ten years ago, it was my first new car ever. Here is what I had to say about it in my diary from October 22, 1996:

Yes, I am yet the latest member of the Saturn familuy. I now own a 1997 Saturn SL1 4-door, dark green automatic.

I drove the car for 69 months living in Los Angeles and I’ve been driving the car 51 months living in Maryland. When I moved from L.A., I had 86,000 miles on the car. That amounts to 1,246 miles/month worth of driving while living in Los Angeles, or a hair under 15,000 miles per year. Since I’ve moved to Maryland, I’ve driving the car an additional 20,600 miles. That amounts to 400 miles/month worth of driving while living in Maryland, or 4,800 miles per year. It’s pretty amazing that the amount which I drive the car since coming to Maryland has been cut by 66%.

It has been a good car, and has never given me any major trouble. The radio in the car has been stolen twice: once in L.A. and once out here. I haven’t replaced it since the last time it was stolen, well over a year ago. There are a few small scratches in the paint from wear and tear over the years, but for the most part, the car is in great condition and has served me well.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.