That's not what the Death card means

post 114
written 2006-04-08 15:38:00

Will it be possible to obtain and operate the classic cars of the late 20th century when I am old enough and rich enough to afford one?

I had some shopping to do today, so I went on down to Pa Walton's Community Store, picked me up some vittles. (Am I to understand that "vittles" and "victuals" are pronounced the same way? Ah, the English language. Ditto "chitterlings.") Parking was bad, which I assumed was because A) it's a weekend, and B) it's Wal-Mart. Good guesses, but both wrong: some kind of minor car show was taking up a chunk of parking lot.

Car show is a weird term for it. There were 1950s Fords and Chevies, some older antique models - the kind of thing you expect to see at such an event. But, then, parked alongside, were 1980s and 1970s Chevy Cavaliers and Ford trucks. I may have assumed they were just people's rides to the car show, but there were folks Armor Alling the tires and rubbing the paint finish with diapers. (Not really. Ferris Bueller reference.)

I mean, you have an old Thunderbird or classic Oldsmobile or something - right on, man, show that thing off. I'll even give you room for those Camaros and Chevelles, cars I think of as 1970s, but may be wrong about - it's been long enough, I'll grant you those have some historical or sentimental significance. But those other ones? Come on. I know you want to be included in the classic car class distinction, but I'm sorry - get a classic car first.

(Watch me get hate e-mail about this - "The Cavalier is a classic! You shut up!" I may even deserve it. I don't know jack about cars.)

But those '50s cars were pretty.

4.8.06, 3:38 PM, EDT, Ada, OH, where classic might just mean old

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