Commuting is Dangerous

Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors only the prepared mind. ~ Louis Pasteur

I commute 60 miles each way back and forth to work. It’s dangerous, and many days, I see things like this. I wonder about the unwelcome drama this introduced into these people’s normal lives.

Old Truck Rear

Trucks are Americana – they speak of our dedication to the classic Puritan virtues of hard work, self-reliance, and practical utility.

Love those old pickup trucks


“When I got outta High School I was driving a truck. I was just a poor boy from Memphis, Memphis.” ~ Elvis Presley

Ahh, the classic pickup truck – and this one can be yours for a mere $14K – I guess it’s in good shape!  this little guy has an 8 cylinder engine, and is cute as can be.

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A quarter million miles


Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.  ~Author Unknown

Hard to believe it, but my car has gone 250000 miles!  It got a new engine, transmission, water pump and radiator at 190K, but the rest of it is original ;).  I can't believe I've had the same car for 10 years, and probably for at least two or three more.  What next?  We'll see what the remaining domestic automakers can turn out for me.

I buy domestic mostly because, up until recently, foreign car makers did not make big enough cars – you always had to pull up the driver's seat every time someone bigger than a child got into the seat behind you. Newer designs, like the Prius, seem to provide adequate leg room in front and back, but they still feel cramped.  However, I recently rode in a Murano, which seemed to have good leg room and elbow room, though not great gas mileage.

Maybe I'll get that Cadillac I've always wanted.  Hmmm.

It’s not rust, it’s primer


“You may be a redneck if . . . you have spent more on your pickup truck than on your education.” ~ Jeff Foxworthy (American comedian, b.1958)

Here’s an old flatbed near my home, waiting for the sander, or a coat of paint, or something.  Here’s some other versions, including the original photo.