Yesterday I finally got it together and went to the local Chevy dealer to buy a new Spark. I had the title and spare keys to the Jeep with me. Turns out that there is not a Chevy Spark with a stick shift to be had around here. I ended up with this 2014 Mazda3. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about getting rid of the Jeep, but I definitely know I need something that gets better gas mileage and that Mom and favorite neighbor can get in and out of. This does all that. It is also fun to drive. The three of us went driving around last night looking at the Christmas lights around Mesa. The Mormon temple does things up really nice with the Christmas lights. Next year we will go earlier and walk around rather than just driving by slowly. The key point for me now is that I can take more than just one fairly agile person with me when I go places. Time will tell. I actually did have the thought last week that I would no longer be cool. This implys that a) I ever was cool just because I drove a Jeep and b) the Jeep is/was the sum total of my coolness. Still, it is the passing of a part of my life, that lifestyle that I thought required 4WD and off-road ability.