RIP Smokey 1999 – 2014

When we took the van into Firestone to fix a MAJOR oil leak they told us that they couldn’t fix it.  A new engine would be the only way and that’s 3-5 grand.  If we had that kind of money we would just go buy a new vehicle.  But we don’t.  We talked about trying to sell it on craigslist, but I worried that someone would think this is a drive-able van…sure it can drive, but it shouldn’t.   After speaking with family members, we decided it was time to let Smokey go.

A few phone calls, photos and emails, we got a salvage yard to come out and take him away.

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I almost cried.

It is sad, Smokey was a gift from Boomer’s folks when we moved here, a second car for us, after living in Spokane with just one car.  Knowing the van was ours allowed us to move here and relax, settle in, find work and know we didn’t have to figure out how to get three people to their job/school everyday with just one ride.

Madigan was taken to the end of 2nd grade, all of 3rd, 4th, 5th and some of 6th grade in Smokey. He helped us move into the house.  I worried about the rear axle when we loaded all the cinder blocks and dirt soil from our apartment container garden to bring out to Goodview.  But he did it.  We took Elvis out to the farm for his last day and brought back Ona and Not Ona to join our flock.

The last time Smokey was out at the farm, just a few days before he took a turn for the worst, he had turkeys roosting on him.  That’s how we want to remember him, being good reliable transportation, with a few turkeys roosting.smoked turkey

Smokey is survived by a 1998 Saturn and a 1993 Sentra.  In lieu of flowers, please keep your eyes out for an old beater that can be our back up car.