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Naustalgia?

Posted by middlerage on October 24, 2013

I found myself behind one of these today: auroraAn Oldsmobile Aurora. It just struck me – “Wow, Oldsmobile no longer exists.” Okay it was only recently, that GM had to give up Olds and Saturn and Hummer, but when you live through dynamic times you start to feel old. And we are living through dynamic times.

I remember my Dad speaking fondly of Cords and Nashs and Studebakers. Don’t misunderstand me, I will never speak fondly of late model Oldsmobiles (or Hummers). There is nothing particularly noteworthy about the bland lozenge in the above picture. But it still is weird to think of the icons you witness the demise of.  I bet (know) many of my readers remember this:montgomery wardAgain, no great loss, (the world is hardly worse off) but still weird to think about.

A couple of streets over a dude is trying to sell one of these:capri

A podunk and miserable example of the autotripe we lived through in the 1970s. And yet, whenever I pass it I smile fondly. It really looks rather handsome now – now that there is nothing like it anymore. My Cord. It reminds me of younger days.

Ahhhh nostalgia.

Time marches on. Someday, that Aurora will seem just as attractive to me.

Someday, my kids will be grown and fondly describing this to their kids (while also trying to explain what gasoline was):

sienna

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