O Salve

Today we celebrate the first birthday of our car, a 2006 Chevrolet
Aveo LS (the post title is an anagram). It's the perfect car for us,
and not just because it was the cheapest new car I could find when our
other car suddenly broke down on the side of the road with Amy and
Jada in it.

To begin with, it's a tiny little thing, which is great for jamming it
into the smallest of on-street spots in a neighborhood that is getting
increasingly harder to find spots in. At the same time, it
comfortably fits the three of us, with room for a week's worth of
groceries, or an overnight's worth of luggage, or a second car seat
(which we'll be putting in later this year for our second child).

Finally, it's new. I married into the only other car I've ever owned,
a 1993 Pontiac Grand Am that Amy got in the late 1990's and that by a
couple of years ago was costing us more money in maintenance and
repairs than I'd like to admit.

The Aveo, on the other hand, is such a simplistic car that there just
aren't that many things that can go wrong with it. Plus we haven't
even put 7500 miles on it in the year we've owned it, so we're not on
our way to driving into the ground.

Consider me a satisfied customer, Chevrolet. For you've made the
perfect urban car for our family.

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