I hate cars.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not one of those over-the-top environmentalists who thinks all of us should be riding bikes around town. Not even close.
My problem with cars is I’ve owned far too many over my 44 years on the planet. I bought my first one at 19 and I’ve probably gone through 15 or so since then.
Couple knowing next to nothing about cars with buying beater after beater and one easily can see how I’ve racked up such an impressive number. And why you’ve probably seen at least one of my vehicles on the shoulder of I-88 with a plastic bag sticking out of the window.
A junkyard in Milford is in possession of my latest loser. That 2004 Dodge Stratus submitted its letter of resignation minutes after I filed my story about Oneonta High’s girls basketball team losing in a state semifinal.
With a week off staring me in the face on that March 15 night, I walked to my car in The Daily Star parking lot, turned the key, put it in reverse, started to pull forward and just before I turned onto West Street, its checkered 4-year career ended.
As Bill Murray’s character in “Stripes” said, “And then depression set in.”
But as bad as I felt, it in no way matched the pain Oneonta’s girls displayed following their 55-53 loss to Irvington at Hudson Valley Community College.
They rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit against the defending three-time Class B state champions and twice came within a fraction of a whisker of forcing overtime in the final seconds.
Make no mistake, the OHS-Irvington matchup was a semifinal in name only. That became clear when the Bulldogs put a 38-point hurting on Waterloo in the state final the following day. It marked Irvington’s fourth straight state title.