The Lincoln That Would Not Die, Just Resting...

I am Weldon Johnson and live in Princess Anne, Maryland. When some friends of mine, Ralph and Sarah Jackson, decided to get a new car, they put their 1988 Lincoln town car up for sale rather than trade it in. Although it was seven years, it was still in good condition and it was large- just what I needed at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 240 pounds. This Lincoln had only 50,000 miles on it and it ran like a new car. At that time in 1995, I was pastoring in Cambridge, MD and was a guidance counselor at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin. MD., which is about 50 miles from where I live in Princess Anne, MD. So I drove my Lincoln 100 miles per/day to work for five days a week as well as back and forth to Cambridge to church two and three times a week.Cambridge is 55 miles one way from Princess Anne. Additionally, as a pastor, I keep a logue of my travel for pastoral duties for income tax purposes. In checking with my accountant for miles that was submitted for pastoral traveling, I got the following information from him. He had records that only went back as far as 2000, however I had the town car back in 1995. So. from 2000 until 2006, below is the information involving my pastoral travels, to which I drove my town car for the most part.
2000 ***** 10,151miles
2001 ***** 12,872 miles
2002 ***** 15, 663 miles
2003 ***** 13,345 miles
2004 ***** 17,104 miles
2005 ***** 17, 530 miles
2006 ***** 17,856 miles
The above is only related to pastoral travels. That is to Cambridge and other preaching engagements. Those miles do not include my personal travel. I kept that Lincoln on the go. I drove it to Iowa in 1999 to take my daughter to college. I drove it when we went on vacations.I drove it everywhere, but I kept the oil changed between three and four thousand miles. After buying my 2006 Lincoln, I did not drive my 1988 as much because by then it was getting in poor condition- the heater no longer work and neither did the air condition. So I drove it in the Spring and Fall. The body and interior was also getting in bad condition and I did not want to invest too much money in getting a lot of repairs on it, therefore it became semi-retired. It served me well and on a pleasant day, I might drive it to the store. I guess my 88 Lincoln was the reason that I bought another Lincoln town car in 2006- hoping that it will serve me as well as my old 88.

It has over 500,000 miles on it. Thanks Lincoln, you served me well and I hope I can afford to purchase a new one someday.

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