Jena’s Goodbye to Her Long Time Travel Companion: Her Car Gabby

I am 99% sure my Facebook friends think I am crazy. Reason: I am horribly upset that my car died this past Friday. Like, just driving down interstate 81 and she decided to stop going. Even her flashers gave up. AAA saved me and got us both home. My long time family mechanic gave me her prognosis– if I replace her alternator she may last a few more months, but don’t count on it. I had to face the facts- it was finally time to day goodbye.

So why am I so sad?

Well, Gabby (short for Gaberiella) has given me many memories over the last 7 years. Bear with me, but this car deserving of a found goodbye.

Green Mercury Cougar

Gabby looking shiny as we drove down the Pacific Coast Highway in Summer of 2010.

Gabby is responsible for me being a lawyer. Prior to my decision to go to law school, my mother refused to let me take a car to RI where I attended college. I braved 3 years of bus transportation and lots of walking due to her fear. But the moment I decided to take the LSAT the summer before my senior year, my mom lost her fear when she found out I needed reliable transportation to take me to Providence 3 times per week for my prep course. (As a double major in too ‘useless’ majors, my mom was thrilled that I may be able to have a job some day).

I graduated college with honors and a ticket to law school thanks to Gabby!

I graduated college with honors and a ticket to law school thanks to Gabby!

Enter Gabby. This 2000 Mercury Cougar became my tool to so many adventures. Boston, California, and so many states in between. We survived a tractor trailer accident, some curbs, and a busted alternator in Iowa. She stuck by me when I had to live away from home my first year out of law school and helped me maintain my four hour drive long-distance with Josh. I left everything inside her, so I always had something in an emergency. She even knew that sometimes I just needed to drive around to work out my problems with Backstreet Boys blasting. Behind her wheel I never felt alone.

San Francisco, Disneyland, Fresno for a solo Backstreet Boy concert, my feet swinging while we made a road stop in Iowa, and the coast of California.

San Francisco, Disneyland, Fresno for a solo Backstreet Boy concert, my feet swinging while we made a road stop in Iowa, the coast of California, and a Penn State football game.

Good bye dear friend. You shall be missed.

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