|A teen with a limousine? That's just the way Paul Hitt rolls|
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Feb. 6, 2004 -- While most high school kids desire to drive the coolest car or the fastest hot rod in town, senior Paul Hitt dares to be different - he prefers to drive around in style.
"Ever since I was young I always wanted something different than what everybody else has," Paul explained. "So, when I came across this, I couldn't pass it up."
According to Melinda, Paul's mother, his latest purchase of a 1988 Lincoln Silverhawk limousine was right in line with the personality of her son.
"He's a goofball," she laughed. "He's always been different from everybody else."
"The world would be a boring place if everyone were the same," Paul said. "We've got to have someone out there that doesn't mind being different."
Paul said his parents have been really good about accepting his individuality.
"My parents think I'm crazy, but they know I'm just my own individual," he explained. "I'm not a troublemaker or anything. I'm just me. I like to be different - I don't worry about trying to fit in with everybody else. I'm friends with everybody."
"He's a good kid," Melinda said. "He dresses different, he's always been different, but as long as he stays out of trouble, I don't mind. He brings a lot of joy to my heart."
Melinda remembered when he called and told her he was buying a Lincoln.
"I said, 'That's a BIG car," she recalled. "Then he told me it was a limousine and I said, 'That's a REALLY big car."
The vehicle can hold up to 16 passengers, has a privacy window, and is completely decked out with a TV, VCR, sunroof and a cold bar that he convincingly said only contains Dr. Peppers. He also hooked up his PlayStation for the enjoyment of his friends.
"My friends like it a lot," said Paul. "They think it's a pretty neat way to get around town."
According to Paul, the car is in really good shape and only needs a few cosmetic repairs.
"I'm gonna get it fixed up," he said. "Get a new top on it, a new paint job. It's really in pretty good shape. It runs good, too."
The senior said that, for now, he's just goning to enjoy his new ride with no intentions of making money, but later might consider other possibilities.
"I have to have a special license if I'm going to charge," he explained. "Right now, I just give people rides and ask them to pitch in for gas. After school I might do some stuff with it, like take kids to the eighth-grade banquet, stuff like that.
"Really it's just something for fun. Teen-agers got to have some fun sometimes."