1987 Mazda RX-7 TurboII
Born April 1986
Died May 23, 1997

My baby is dead.  Something went terribly wrong coming around a curve on the
way to lunch yesterday, she left the road, sideswiped a tree, lost the rear
driver's side suspension, and came to rest at the side of the road.  The
entire driver's side of the car is smashed.

Fortunately, I came out of the accident O.K.  Just some very minor bruises
and a small cut on my forehead.  The emotional damage is what will take the
longest to overcome.  All the weekends of work, all the tinkering late into
the night to make the perfect TurboII, have all been washed away.

Luckily, there was no damage to the motor (it was still running), and
there's many other good parts to her still.  She'll be the organ donor for
my next TurboII, which I already have a lead on.

Another side note:  I dropped crash protection from my insurance policy, so
the insurance company isn't giving me anything for the car.  This turns out
to have been very lucky, since they (USAA) said they wouldn't be able to
give me much for the car, and my insurance would have skyrocketed.  This
way, I get to keep the car and (somewhat) reasonable premiums.

God, I'll miss her.

Dale  :(