Day 1303: Long May You Run

Yesterday, I bid a fond farewell to my beloved Mazda3, which I am donating to  Make-a-Wish, a non-profit foundation granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.  Long may my Mazda and Make-a-Wish run.


That’s Mark, one of the many trusted and trusty mechanics from P & M Service Center. Long may he and his business run!  Mark eased the pain of my goodbye yesterday by running by me several amusing and amazing stories of other people having trouble letting go and saying goodbye to their cars.  For example, he told me about a relative who had decided to donate a car to a charity and then at the last minute said to Mark, “I love this car!  I can’t let it go!  I want to keep this car and donate my new car — which I hate — instead!”  Mark said to her, “Sorry, that’s not going to happen.”

I told Mark yesterday how  I planned to run this Neil Young  song in today’s blog.

Long may Wikipedia run, which tells us that “Long May You Run” was

 an elegy for Neil Young’s first car (which he nicknamed “Mort”), a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse that died in 1965 when its transmission blew in Blind River, Ontario.

Long may all those I love — mechanical, human, feline, etc. — run.

Long may my iPhone run, so I can take more photos like these:












Long may inspiration run for me and anybody else who needs it, here and now.

Long may you — all my wonderful readers — run!

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22 thoughts on “Day 1303: Long May You Run

  1. Its sad to sad good bye to a car-my Toyota Tercel manual shift was with me 15 years-I was wistful when I sold it, but I then got a Mini Cooper- when that had to go after 6 years because it was constantly in the shop I cried. Seems so silly, but I loved that car! I think your yellow flower is a squash vine- did you look on the ground and see yellow or green zucchini? Have a great day Ann!

  2. Long may you run, too, Ann.


    • Back at you, Maureen! Why the frowny face? Studies show that smiles help us run longer.

      • Sorry! I thought it was a smiley face. It was 6:30 AM and I was reading your post in bed with only a couple hours sleep under my belt, typing on my phone with blurry brain and fuzzy eyes. That is also the reason I could think of only a few words.That still looks like a family face to me.

        It is nice to think of your car going to a charity.

  3. Long may your blog run too. Neil Young nicknaming his first car reminded me of an old friend who nicknamed her car “Fritz” because it was always on the…well, Fritz may not have run well but certainly rang long. May your car also continue to run and grant many wishes.

  4. Luis Del Castillo

    Long may our blog run!! and your wonderful and unusual heart!, which in turn would make you run long as well 😉

  5. Wow! You are in the company of Neil Young! Long may you run, Ann

  6. My first car was an old Buick Century. I can’t remember the year, but it was in the 70’s. I kept putting off calling the tow truck to take him away as long as I could. It was a sad day when I finally made that call.

  7. I would find it really, really difficult to part with my old Volvo. So I know just how you feel.

  8. Your car is on an adventure. As is the pumpkin growing in the yew bushes. I bet someone’s pumpkin was smashed in October….and now look at the result!

  9. Long May you Run, because We Are The Champions:

    My first car was a Dodge Apen.

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