It was a late night infomercial that got me started on

Black Magic. "Incredible shine GUARANTEED ...

one step, wet shine."

My kids laughed at me when I said I was going to buy it.

What do they know about "long lasting" anything?

They're 18 and 21; I'm probably the longest lasting thing they know.

It was something about the hour and the promise of new life for

my old, blue Miata convertible that gave me some glimpse of the free

feeling of hot summer drives, with my Black Magic shining tires,

blonde hair blowing in a Bob Dylan wind along an ocean boulevard;

slow, appreciative stares from ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.

All for $5.99 in an aerosol can, plus tax.