Wednesday, May 07, 2014

No big loss


It was the spring of 1984 and my son Sean was driving our old beater of a 1971 Cadillac Sedan de Ville home from an evening musical practice at Broad Ripple High School when the car started to smoke.

He pulled in to the Standard gas station at the southeast corner of Kessler Blvd. and College Ave. The station was closed at that hour, but the gas station across the street was not and he ran there to call the fire department.

The firemen opened the hood with axes as flames destroyed the interior of the car and menaced the nearby gas pumps.

This is how it looked the morning after.

It was no great loss. I paid $800 for it at the dealer auction two years earlier and the insurance company reimbursed me $2,500, based on comparable prices in the area.

Last time I noticed, the Standard station had morphed into an animal hospital.

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