2003 Mercury Marauder - 2004
So what's the significance of that photo? We were in the marauder when we first spotted the
location of our future new home. So as the lot began to get prepped for an early Spring
construction, the Marauder was tucked away for the winter as an expense-cutting measure.
So in late March the car was on the street again, much like the 2003 season. Again,
snowfall kept the car parked, because its factory BFG KDWS tires were close to useless
in snow. Nonetheless, as the weather improved in April, the car shuttled the family to
the construction site now and again.
All was not smooth in the spring of 2004... some idiot on her cell phone
rammed the rear of the car in traffic at a rather high speed. No one was hurt,
although her car was destroyed. The only damage to the Marauder was a scuffed bumper
cover. It looks much worse than it is with the camera's flash... but it did the job:
my family was in the car at the time, my little Civic probably would not have fared anywhere
near as well.
Nonetheless, some fun was had. There were a few visits to car gatherings, although
the new-house construction kept us all very busy and short of leisure time.
And speaking of the new house construction, this large automobile did
come in handy when transporting the tremendous amount of stuff we had
accumulated over the 6 years we owned that house. A lot of good memories in
that house, and it was tough to say goodbye. The moment I fired up the
Marauder after double-checking that all was removed from the house was
quite emotional. But it was time to move forward and begin to enjoy our