>Mike MacLeod, as a voice in the wilderness, cried (indicated by >>):
>> Is it just me? Am I the only one who refuses to encumber an
>> automobile, no matter how cherished, with a name?
>Denise Thorpe replied (indicated by >):
>Nope. I'm out here too.
>> I may be one of the few owners out there who have owned their
>> treasured car (MGA in this case) for over 20 years. But, never in all this
>> time have I been tempted to baptise my cars, motorbikes, or guitars.
>Me either. It's 16 years now for me and my B and it's never had a name.
>Notice I say "it." I've always wondered what it means when some one
>refers to their car as "she." Does it mean they drive all the women in
>their lives to drink alcohol laced with gasoline? I realize this is a
>holdover from nautical days, but one of the reasons I drive MG's is
>that they're _not_ boats.
I haven't named mine either. I used to drive SHIPS in the Navy and believe
me, an MGB is no 412 foot Guided Missle Destroyer. SHE was a living,
breathing, heaving, rolling creature. My MGB is just fun transportation; a
tool, although an enjoyable one. There are no similarities no matter how
hard you try to stretch "it."
>> I realize I'm not a nurturing new-age kind of guy and probably
>> don't belong in the 90's, but, surely there must be other curmudgeons out
>> there just like me.
>Considering my history -- wrenching for a living for five years and being
>a carpenter for three; do I belong in the '90's? I figure the world
>might catch up with me sometime next century. I probably am a curmudgeon
>because I keep catching myself muttering, "These kids today..." and
>starting stories with, "Why, when I was your age..." And "nurturing" is
>one of those words that make me want to scream. If someone needs to be
>"nurtured," they can go elsewhere.
>> Am I a voice crying in the wilderness?
>Now that two of us have admitted it, maybe there will be more.
Tim Moses USNA '86