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One of my earliest memories

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:25 By: dusty

One of my earliest memories is that of my sister's birth.  I don’t know when i was first told, but I knew she was born in Lakewood Forest, Illinois.  We always used to say it, whenever asked; "Lakewood Forest, Illinois" rolled off our tongues like familiar lyrics to a song.  That was accurate enough for me; I remember my father was stationed at Fort Sheridan Illinois as a military police in the U.S.

My 1995 Dodge Neon (Green)

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:23 By: dusty

This was by far one of my favorite cars.

I was living upstate NY at the time, and finally got my license back: I needed a ride.  I had been looking around and I think it was my good friend Tom Falco who found the car online at Colonie (sp?) Chevrolet.  It was $10k, which was my biggest asset to date and the most I had ever financed before...  Anxiety!

My 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier (4-door)(Blue)

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:23 By: dusty

I remember buying this car used from Ann Street Auto Sales in GR.  Ironically, it ended up not too far away at Russ & Ron's Auto Services.  

We found out this car was great for mailbox baseball!  The 4-door allowed the hitter to swing from either side or multi-task out the sunroof!  Once, I was in the back seat when my brother swung and hit the steel post, ricocheting the bat back and hitting my window just inches in front of my face!  lucky the window was up!  Eventually, we got ballsy enough to jump out of the car and go Bruce Lee on the wooden mailboxes.

My 2009 Chevrolet Silverado (Crew Cab)(Blue)

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:22 By: dusty

This is the first brand new vehicle i have ever owned. it had less than 50 miles on it when i bought it December 28, 2010. we went with the full-size pickup as it was getting kind of hard fitting a family of five in the S-10. the girls had a big hand in deciding which truck we bought and with what accessories. after looking around for a while, i chose the Chevy based on fuel economy. while i was settling on the specific truck, we brought the girls out to test.

My 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier (station wagon)(Blue)

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:20 By: dusty

This was my first car, inherited from my mother.

I remember one night, working late at Perkins, Jeremy Wheater and I decided to race home.  It was approximately an 11 mile stretch back to Sparta from the restaurant.  I had my '86 Blue Chevy Cavalier Station Wagon, and he had his '86 Blue Chevy Cavalier.  It was an nice, even match up.  We took off at the same time.  He got stopped by all red lights.  I got stopped by blue and red lights -- the cops again!

My 1995 Chevrolet S-10 (Extended Cab)

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:20 By: dusty

After the Grand Am, we were on the hunt for a car yet again.  Lisa had always said every family needs a pickup; probably because her father always had one, so we went shopping for a pickup.  We settled on the S-10, bought for $8k from a guy in Ocean Lakes.

The S-10 was tons of rear-wheel fun, and came with a V6 Vortec; more than enough to get me around.  The pedal went down, the engine when vroom, and the truck went fast.  I used to love losing traction into a corner, getting sideways, then sliding into the perfect spot.  I impressed even myself driving the S-10.

My 1977 Pontiac Bonneville

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:17 By: dusty

As a joke, my mother put a $100 bid on this car at an auction. Nobody outbid her, so we paid the $15 auction fee and it became my next pride and joy. It was an awesome beast of a machine: a 311 V8, solid metal "do not get i front of me because i will crush you" beast. good heat for the Michigan winters, power windows for the summer, and a couch for a back seat big enough for six of your best friends.

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