A man wants to impress his girlfriend, someone he professes to love, so he asks her what she’d like for a present – anything at all she might want. She tells him that she’s been thinking about getting a car.
“That’s wonderful,” he exclaims. “I’ll get you something special!”
Before she can even suggest a few features she’d like in an automobile, the man’s out the door, and on his way.
Months go by, and although she doesn’t hear much about his search, she does know that he’s been scouring out-of-town locations unfamiliar to anyone nearby. She does see several nice cars for sale in town, but he makes no mention of them.
One day he surprises her, and places a set of car keys in her hand. “It’s right outside, darling, just what I know you’ve always wanted,” he exults.
In the driveway, she finds a 1972 AMC Gremlin, with high mileage and a few mysterious stains on the upholstery:
She’s a bit surprised. “You bought me a … Gremlin,” she sighs. “How much was it?” she asks.
“It was a steal,” he answers. “You had just enough in your checking account.”
“My account?” she replies. “I thought you said you were going to buy me a car.”
“Well, darling, I did buy you a car. Of course I did. But I didn’t mean that I was going to pay for it.”
That’s Whitewater’s Community Development Authority, and those are the gifts it buys for Whitewater, with her own money.
Previously: Romancing Whitewater.