Somewhere, sometime, life will likely
involve a minivan
Full Throttle Feb 1, 2016


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Penny’s dad called it Puff the Magic Wagon. We called it the gateway to our social life. Penny only had her beginner’s permit then, but she and I found a life and newfound (if quasi-) popularity, thanks to her family’s spacious silver-blue Chrysler. She was 16 and I was 15, and McDonald’s seemed hellishly distant from our suburban neighborhoods. Graciously, her parents gave up the van on week nights. Once she was allowed by the car licence gods (not her parents, though), she’d pack as many people inside Puff that would humanly fit, and away we’d go – cruisin’ and fast-food sampling.

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