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1990 Geo Prizm

March 7, 1992 was an unseasonably warm day in Kansas City, Missouri.  As often happens, those early season warm spells make minds turn to summery pursuits – lawn mowing, rec room pool games, late evening backyard football… I was 17 at the time after all.  It was the spring of my junior year in high school and life was carefree and easy.  Except for one thing:  I had no car.  Unfortunately for my mom, the location of our suburban house honestly offered no way to get around without one.  I say unfortunately because just a couple of months earlier, I had failed to yield the right-of-way while driving her car and wrecked it… pretty good.  That car was fixed, but I still had to get to my grocery store job somehow and the family taxi service didn’t enjoy the 11:30 PM run after work.

Something had to give.

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Where it all began…

Imagine, if you will, a happy family on a road trip vacation in scenic northern New Mexico.  Dad driving a nearly brand-new, German engineered ‘bahn-burner, mom enjoying the scenery out the window, and young son in the back seat enjoying the afterglow of a delicious waffle breakfast.

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