a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Monday, August 17, 2015

I'll Drive Anything

if it has no more than six gears, after that I'm kinda lost.  I have noticed the world is driving more and more automatics.  Where's the fun in that?  One time long ago I stopped to test drive a car.  The salesman looked down his nose and said, "That is a stick shift, I hope you know!"  I answered sweetly, Why, yes, that is why I want to test drive it.  Then the devil in me made me burn rubber in each gear as I left the car lot.  I thought it was showing him I COULD drive but I realized later he was probably thinking I couldn't.

Ever notice how you stop "burning rubber" when YOU have to pay for the tires?

I have driven Ford, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Jeep, Nissan, Dodge, Buick and a Studebaker.  I have no partiality to any brand but Hubby likes GMC and Chevrolet.  It's just the way it is.  I'm grateful if my vehicle starts.  It doesn't have to have air.  It doesn't have to have a radio (I make my own music).

Have you noticed the advertising?  Like A Rock.  Ram Tough. (I'll be a Dodge fan if they let Sam Elliott talk to me all day).  Appeal to all.  Now they are taking you through your entire life and your progression of cars.  I watch too much television.

I fell in love with Sam Elliott in The Quick and The Dead (1987).  I can pick out his voice in a filled stadium. Hubby knows.  From another room he will yell, "Can you tell who that is?"  Yep.  I don't seek him out.  I haven't seen all his movies.  I just love his voice.  Now he's selling Dodge.  I did watch him in Road House (1989) and I cried.  Two things stood out in the movie and it wasn't Patrick Swayze.  Wade Garrett (Sam Elliott) was fighting off some bad guys when he hit a guy in the knee and simply said, "Damn, that hurt, didn't it?" and for whatever insane reason I fell in love again.  Also in this movie the new owner of the road house was trying to clean up the place a little, making it a respectable drinking establishment. In the bathroom on the wall was "For a good f*** call 555-5555" The new owner changed that word to Buick!  I was so impressed.

Now I have a Buick, not because I actively looked for one, just luck of the draw.  I am waking into a new world with this car.  It's not new but it's new to me and it has too many gadgets!  It's like driving a computer!  Or like a computer driving me.  I haven't decided yet.

I recently discovered it has seat settings quite by accident.  I hit the button as I sat down.  The seat was moving, the mirrors were moving. I was holding onto the steering wheel thinking the rain had ruined my car!  So when the seat stops moving, I look.  There's a button.  I push it.  Hold on!  I'm moving again!  Without the aid of an instruction manual, which I had, I learned how to set my proper seating position to drive.  I was as proud as the first time I was able to turn on my computer.

Okay, I'm hitting post because I think you might enjoy my ramblings. This is how my mind jumps around when I don't pull on the reins.

Next time I'm buying a Dodge!
Sam Elliott

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You should've been there the day my wife discovered her sunroof opened...
Automatics. What's the point? That's not driving, that' riding.
The Quick and the Dead was a great film.

Country Gal said...

This was funny . I to like Sam Elliot's voice . And guess what ? they do have vehicle that practically drive them selves out now who knew to crazy for me . Thanks for sharing I enjoyed this post oh and I love your header . Have a good evening !

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Looks like you're quite the sassy gal. I like it :)

Lynne said...

Sometimes all that electrical is connected to whose key is being used in the car . . . I kind of like that because then things adjust to me when I get in the car.
I have driven Buicks, Chevelot, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, GMC, Ford, VW, Pontiac, Studebaker, Oldsmobile, Nash . . . I think that's it.
I like Sam Elliot's voice too . . . He sounds like a MAN!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Gail, sometimes I think all these gadgets in these new cars just make you pay more money out when they break. Sam Elliott is one of my favorites, he could sell me a care anyday. Have a great Tuesday!

Sandra said...

I enjoyed every single word of this post and can relate because I love Sam to, Him and His Voice.. Bob did drive a small dodge truck for 5 years, we bought it because it was good on gas and cheap to buy. we have never bought but 1 new truck or car. we bought the GMC Sierra in 2004 for ME to drive, now it is his. i sat in a couple of the electric seats when looking for my Kia... you are so right, we are now driving computers which means my mechanic husband who can fix anything on any car BEFORE computers can't work on either one.
when i had a 68 Camaro with straight stick, my mother would say do you have to change gears out of every stop? YES i did...bob is with Den, he is a lover of all things GM... i am a point a to point b, that starts and runs person.

Michaele said...

He does have a smooth voice doesn't he? Tommy Lee Jones is my heartthrob. I don't remember if I saw Volkswagen on your list. My current ride.

Karen S. said...

I do enjoy how your mind travels, and your adventures past and present. Also, I'm a big fan of him too, (I do believe the voice has lots to do with it) and I'll bet if they ever offered it with him included there'd be a never ending line of women!

Mama Zen said...

I feel exactly the same way about Sam Elliott!

Cynthia said...

The salesman who sold me my present car mentioned it apologetically because it was a standard. I let him think I was reluctant to buy it for that reason and he knocked some money off, when I've never even had an automatic and didn't want one! I do like air con, though, and my CD player to play audio books. You'll probably never read my blog again when I tell you ... I don't know who Sam Elliot is!

Arkansas Patti said...

Totally with you on Sam Elliot. What a man and what a voice!!! I have never driven anything but a stick. However right after I bought my last stick, I broke my foot and thought maybe I should have gotten an automatic. Also had those thoughts when I hurt my right shoulder but now that all my parts are working, I again love the stick. It is real driving.

LindaG said...

Have you noticed if your foot pedals move? The Navigator we bought used before we retired,has movable seats like that; and movable pedals! Great when you are short like me and tall like hubby.

Way back when we lived in California, we were looking for a vehicle, when automatics were starting to take over; we told the sales lady we wanted a stick shift. She laughed and said "Nobody buys sticks any more. Everyone wants the automatic."

We said we weren't nobody and walked out.

Great story, Gail! :-)

gld said...

Our first new Silverado with all the gadgets was such fun! Half weren't necessary but at this point in our lives, we enjoyed having them. Our brother-in-law who knows everything told us about some of the gadgets!

Now you have sent me to Netflix to see if they have any Sam Elliott movies.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

LOL. I LOVE this! First - hilarious about the new gadgets on your car. This is why I CANNOT (and will never be allowed) to drive one of the newer models, I would be stuck in the driveway, with seats, window wipers, horns, everything going, screaming for someone to come turn them all off. Hee hee. I am also not allowed a cell phone (and dont want one) for the same reason. NO idea how to use them. "What do I TALK into? It's just a SQUARE." So am I, apparently. I so enjoyed this post and am glad I didnt miss it!

p.s. I avoided driving standard all my life, until my fate decided I had no other choice - a free car to the impoverished. Astonishingly, I learned, and am still driving standard. I prefer automatic, but my life prefers that I keep doing the hard stuff. LOL.

Blogoratti said...

What wonderful thoughts indeed, and funny about the gadgets. Thanks for sharing and greetings!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

A gals just gotta love that gruff manly man voice of Mr. Elliott.

This Farm Chick purchased a Lincoln MKC earlier this year and I swear It's far more intelligent than I. Heck, the dang thing told me I forgot my phone the other day. Heeehehehee!

We'll have to catch up on summer. We had 44 head of 4-weight feeder cattle wash down the creek. It's quite a story in itself!

God bless ya friend and have yourself a great week drivin'!!!!

Grace said...

The new cars are like toys now, what fun ~

Farm Girl said...

I just love this post!! I am so glad you got a new car and I am glad you like Sam Elliott. I love his voice too. I liked that you know how to drive a stick. I do too and I wish my kids did.
Sticks are real driving. I do wish I could learn to drive a stick on the column but I don't think they make those anymore.
I love your ramblings!!!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Bill said a lot of the new semis are going to automatic. He is not happy about that, at all.
Enjoy your new car. It sounds nice!

Saucy Kodz said...

I'd rather have a horse. Round here, a horse would go a long way before there was a traffic jam. ha,ha I learned to drive with a Stick and love it - most people now drive automatics - they are really missing out of the real feel of shifting gear and loving it.

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