I’ve set a new record: the longest I’ve ever had a new car without someone intentionally damaging it or something — like a rock flung from the road — accidentally damaging it.

A new car alas is an envy magnet. People enjoy harming them.

This one though is very nondescript (at least until you rev the engine) so it doesn’t attract much attention. Almost certainly why someone hasn’t pulled up alongside in a parking lot and slammed their door into it repeatedly, etc.

Oh, it’ll get damaged eventually. It’s a machine in the world. But my previous record for a new-to-me car not being damaged is two days. Now I’ve gone 12.