The traditional second anniversary gift is cotton, but I figured that writing about it here would suffice.

I had been reading Jalopnik for a few years after stumbling across Matt Hardigree’s post about owning the Merkur that was on Top Gear US. I immediately fell in love with the style of writing and began checking the website daily, often several times a day. When I received the tweet from Mr. Hardigree asking if I wanted to buy the car, it was more a question of: “how will I convince my parents to let me buy it?”

Amazingly, they agreed to let me buy it, but I was keeping my cards close to my chest when talking to Matt fearful that if he found out how young I was that he wouldn’t let me buy it.

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A month or so after taking delivery of my car, I began writing the first thing I had ever written that was not assigned by a teacher. I spent hours in my room typing away with the screen on my MacBook burning rectangular holes in my retinas. I eventually reached a point where I was pleased with what I had written, hit post, and jumped in the shower. I emerged to a tweet from Hardigree “Great job! Shared to Jalopnik.” That article can be found here. Please feel free to read it and observe it’s mediocrity.

I was finally able to talk about cars for once without feeling like a nuisance, and the great feedback I got from the Jalopnik commenters gave me the urge to write more. I signed up for a journalism class for my junior year of high school and began taking advantage of the OppositeLock authorship I was granted after my first article was front paged. I found that there is much more to writing than the formal literary analysis essays we were forced to do in school, and it can be fun.

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In the time since then I have written several more articles that have gotten front paged by the good people of Jalopnik, usually having to do with my Merkur. When I was given a chance to drive the EcoBoost Mustang I wrote an article comparing it to my Merkur which was posted before several of the big players in automotive journalism got theirs up.

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I wrote about it in response to Doug DeMuro claiming that owning his Ferrari 360 for a year was a disappointment saying that my car wasn’t a disappointment.

My friend and I also made a video about a short road trip we took in it. The article was written and the video was both filmed and edited in one day. Quite the busy day if I do say so myself.

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So now after two years of car ownership I have just finished the first semester of my senior year in high school, and have applied to colleges with a major in journalism. I likely would not have discovered my love for writing if I hadn’t bought my ostensibly red 80’s car, and I’m so very glad that I did.

Happy Anniversary.

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Still great to see out of a rear view mirror.

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When you remove the seats to clean you’ve got to improvise when it comes time to move it back into the garage.

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I was sent this picture by the producer for Top Gear US that bought my car. It used to have a beautiful black paint job. It doesn’t anymore.

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This was a very proud moment for me.

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My fleet.

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Checking to see where water was leaking in was the only time my fog machine served any practical purpose.

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Love these last two pictures. Just couldn’t leave them out.