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299,000 The Penultimate Marcus Aurelius Post

March 29, 2022
Marcus aurelius gets closer to the big 3-0-0-0-0-0

299,000 – 25 days since we hit 298,000

It happened yesterday morning about 6:30AM. I was underneath the walkway on the Adobe building. It goes over the road. The road is on Traverse Mountain. I love the names of some of Utah’s geography.

Where Salt Lake County, where I work, meets Utah county, where I live, is at a place called Point of The Mountain. I’ve never really given the name much thought. But, it’s a very cool name.

Point of the Mountain is one end of Traverse Mountain. Traverse Mountain has that name because you can walk, or drive across the top of it. You can literally traverse the mountain to get from Salt Lake City to my home in Pleasant Grove.

That’s where I was yesterday when Marcus Aurelius, my 1994 Toyota Corolla rolled over to 299,000 miles. I was on my way in early to work. I had to pull off the freeway because. . .safety first. And it was dark at that time of the morning. And half the dash lights on old Marcus are out.

I hit 298,000 on March 3, 2022. Yesterday March 28, twenty-five days later, I chaulked up another thousand miles.

At this rate I should get the big 3-oh. . .oh-oh-oh-oh on April 22, 2022. Thousands of miles ago, I thought maybe I’d celebrate the big milestone by getting Marcus painted, or upgraded somehow.

Most likely not. I’ll keep changing the oil. I’ll get the cracked flex pipe fixed eventually. And I’ll keep driving him until he or I decide to give up.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany II, an anthology including his latest short story, “The Mercy System” here

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