We just bought a Mercury Villager for Cindy. She likes it. Instead of a front bench seat it has two captain's chairs. The kids like that. Seems to run good too. Our old van, a '97 Ford Windstar, ran out of transmission and had to be scrapped. That car went through the ringer. Maybe we won't have as many thrills and spills with the Villager.
We went back to the zoo last weekend. Loaded the whole crew into the Escort and made a day of it. The weather was just perfect (unlike today) and we enjoyed seeing the elephants and giraffes. I spent some time with the crocodiles. They seemed to like their winter home in the small animal enclosure. Our membership is up at the end of the month, next time we go we will have to pay.