See, I had to get the Subaru at the very end of 2005 because of an incident eerily similar to the one I just experienced. The car I had at the time was a 2002 Neon, and it too was totaled by the insurance company after it was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. At the time, it was a very traumatic event in my life. It was the first (and still only) car I ever bought new, and losing it in the manner I did caused a great deal of emotional anguish. Although I didn't know it at the time, it was a precursor to what the next 2+ years would have in store; the incident occurred just four months before my marriage troubles began suddenly and in earnest.
So, just as its purchase signaled (in retrospect) the beginning of the most turbulent period of my life, at this moment the Subaru's demise -- which, although an inconvenience, has not caused any significant emotional distress -- looks like a rather apropos endpoint of that period. I'm not trying to suggest that the problems of the past couple years are completely dealt with and gone (after all, although it looks like it will be a very amicable one, the divorce isn't final yet), but I feel like I'm at a point in my personal life where the troubles are now basically behind me. True, there are other dark clouds on the horizon (see my post from earlier today), but those represent completely new and different challenges.
Ergo, it seems almost appropriate to use use the term "Subaru Period" to concisely sum up what I hope will forever remain the most trying period of my life. In some ways, that makes me almost kind of glad to see the Subaru go. :-)
Note: Later tonight I will write a post that includes pictures of the damage and goes into more detail about the accident, its aftermath, and why I decided to go ahead and let the insurance company write it off and scrap it. I also plan to make another post fairly soon about the other big event of the weekend -- though that may not happen tonight.