Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011Friday Five: All About Cars!

Singing Owl must finally be digging out from under the snow and thinking of her automobile:

Maybe it's just me, but I often remember how long ago something occurred or something about it by recalling the car we had at the time. For today's Friday Five, tell us about the cars in your life. Maybe we can even tempt some of the guys of the ring to join us. Specifically, tell us about:

1. The earliest recollection you have of a family car

Oh, Lordy. When we moved to TX in 1949, we didn’t have a car. Cars were hard to come by after WWII. We had moved from a small town in IL and we walked everywhere there. We took the bus most places. I think the first car we got was a 47 Ford in 1951.

2. The first car you drove when you could (legally) get behind the wheel yourself.

I learned to drive in a 1957 Mercury

3. A memorable road trip

In 1985, J and I borrowed my brother’s camper van and drove from Ft. Worth to LA for the General Convention of our church. We traveled and camped through much of the Southwest visiting the Grand Canyon, Chalma, NM, Taos, Albuquerque and Tucson as well as King’s Canyon in CA.

4. The car you drive now. Love it? Hate it?

I just bought a 2008 Dodge Caliber. It is good since it is 4cly and does not use as much gas as my 2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic that had 186K miles on it. I left that with a friend in upstate NY who needed the 4 wheel drive for the snow. My Dodge isn’t as much fun to drive, but it is serviceable for one who does not have to drive long distances.

5. An interesting story that involves you and a vehicle. (No, I do not have a dirty mind!)

My first car was a 1954 Chevy coop which I bought for $400 when I was in college. I didn’t have much money in those days and I had to do what repairs I could on my own. The water pump failed and I had to replace it myself. I didn’t know how to do it but it was a simple enough machine in those days, that I carefully took it apart so I could put it back in. The guy at the parts store and my brother on the telephone helped me through it. Now, I couldn’t climb under the car to do it. There was no lift available.

Bonus: What's your idea of good "car music?" All cars must have a good radio and now a CD because I listen to classical music. For a while I had Sirius on one of my cars but I now have a great local station that provides most of my needs. And on a long trip I borrow books on tapes from the library to listen to a whodunit to keep me awake.


Muthah+ said...

Does anybody else have problems with blogger when trying to post pictures? My link is only allowing me to post one picture and I have a bunch of cars I want to share. Got any solutions?

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

sometimes it's the size of the pix that makes a diff...
i'm so with you on the books for for shortening lengthy drives!

Andrew Gerns said...

Blogger will only post pictures to the front end of the post no matter what you do. So you can put in more than one, but left to itself they will all pile up at the top of the post.

What I do is this: I insert the first picture as normal. For the second, I insert it, then switch to HTML, find the code for the second picture, highlight it, cut it, and then paste it into the body of the text where I want it. Done right, this will also take the formatting info with it.

There may be easier ways to do it...for example, I have never tried highlighting the picture itself in "Compose" mode, cutting and pasting it, so maybe that will work?

That is about the extent of my knowledge...I only know enough HTML to be truly dangerous, so I don't play with it much lest I set off a nuke-lee-or war someplace.


Muthah+ said...

Thank you brother Andrew. I will try that

Dorcas (aka SingingOwl) said...

Still getting around to reading FFs. :-) I LOVE King's Canyon. Lots of good memories for me happened there on family trips.