I reached a milestone this week. Somewhere near Shattuck in Berkeley, my truck odometer rolled to 160 even. I had noticed 159,998 while checking the speed of a crawling battery saving hybrid driver.
"Wow, we're rolling to 160," I announced to John, my passenger.
He ignored me, preoccupied with calling the driver something rude. As we passed, I bored John with the importance of odometer rolls. Driving from Vegas to Kansas once my family's VW rolled to 40,000.
In the Arizona desert my Dad said, "Hey kids look!" My brother, the dog and I peered over my father's shoulder to watch the odometer advance. Mom even peaked. At 39,999.9 all the numbers moved. It was a wave from the last 9 to the 3. We "oohed." When the 40,000 clicked into place, we "ah'ed." It was like fireworks on the 4th.
The tale didn't impress John, so I did the math out loud, wondering if the odometer would roll before we got home. But crossing University, nostalgia clicked away. The odometer was digital. There would be no rolling, just a change of states.