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Meme's family rents out their basement to a Puerto Rican family. Louie is the oldest child.
Louie has an older cousin named Marin who lives with the family. She wears a lot of makeup and black nylons. She's in charge of babysitting for Louie's little sisters, which means she's stuck in the house.
One day Louie's other cousin drives up to Louie's house in a big, shiny, yellow Cadillac. Everybody comes out of the house to ask questions – where'd he get the new car? Can they have a ride?
Louie's cousin tells everyone to pile into the back, and drives them around the block six times. The seventh time around, they hear police sirens.
Louie's cousin orders everyone out of the Cadillac. He takes off speeding down the alley, with a police car in pursuit.
Louie's cousin crashes into a lamppost, and the police cuff him and haul him off to jail. The narrator says that she and Louie's family all "[wave] as they [drive] away" (10.8).