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Cars are kind of like jobs in that we all have an ideal car that we’d like to own but we don’t always get them. This just goes to show the unpredictability of car ownership and, uh, life in general.

This isn’t always a bad thing, though. Sometimes the cars we’d never thought we’d end up owning turn out to be the best things that ever happened to us. Take Jalopnik Sweetheart Mike Ballaban’s Yugo. I was there the day that little Yugo came into Ballaban’s life. I witnessed it.

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And what I saw was, at first, disbelief. Then shock. Then anger. Then a crushing acceptance of reality. And now happiness and fulfillment. One of those is false, by the way.

Did Ballaban ever expect to become Ballaban, Yugo Owner? No, probably not. But now he is, and his life is just so much better off with it.

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What about you?