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January 6, 2011

The Beamer Buzz

Today, for the first time in my life, I drove a luxury vehicle.

My grandfather, bless his soul, has excellent taste in automobiles. He isn’t a car monger, one of those people who has too many cars to drive, but more of a car connoisseur. He’ll drift through the sales lot of his favorite car dealerships (Jeep, Jaguar, BMW) and if a cheerfully desperate salesperson approaches him, Gpa will let him do his thing. After the salesperson has finished his pitch, Gpa will find a car he likes, talk the dealer down to something reasonable, and then politely take his leave without the car.

I am sure it confounds and frustrates the dealers, but Gpa is like a gourmet chef: ┬áhe nibbles, tastes, and sometimes swallows but rarely ever has a full meal. There’s just too much to taste. The few full meals he has taken on include a deep red Jaguar, one that sparkles in the summer light, a seven series Beamer, a hardy Jeep with all the bells and whistles, and a BMW convertible.

So imagine my surprise (and slight despair) when Gpa handed his strangely shaped keys to me before he traveled to the land of the snowbirds. “Come on, I’ll show you how it works,” he stated matter-of-factly, scuffling to the garage without waiting for my ready denial. There was no way I was touching that car. It was too nice. Murphy’s law was just waiting for me to get into those heated leather seats and behind that zero-to-sixty-in-four-seconds wheel.

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