Okay it's time to tell you folks that haven't heard about Mr Toads wild
ride..... So I got a Student who walks up and says... Keith Buy my Bug.....
I say Okay.... 100 bucks if I can drive it home.... 50 if I can't .....
So.... I go over and tow it home.... this is one of those Well Painted (
read Spray can's of All Colors ) hippie sorta things....
Okay I get a VW dealer 20 miles away to buy it.... for you guess it.... 300
bucks All I got to do is drive it over...wires on the right plugs and I got
3 cylinders... Perfect.... Now Brakes.... well they ain't ALL the way on the
Floor.... Off I go.... coming to a bridge following a little ole Lady... we
have a Logging truck coming the other way.... Yep... She Parks Just before
the Bridge.... Okay Decision time.... Over the edge into her rear end.... or
into the truck..... Hmmm Trees didn't look as big as the truck.... which was
Getting bigger.... off the edge I go... Eyes in the correct position...
CLOSED.... realize... I am level and still running... no water in the
car.... and I am accross the stream.... Hmmmm still got three good
cylinders..... Nail the gas and up the other side I go.... Now we got some
Laundry Problems here.... but really we only have three more major
obstacles..... Traffic signals on our way to the VW shop.... first one is
sorta green.... Read not TOO red..... second one requires a Curb..... ahhhh
the third.... well it's downhill and not looking daper.... yeppers....
choices.... right turn... nahhh I can loose that last little bit on the
curb.... so as I roll through the intersection several stunned on lookers...
Some closer then others Wave....some with a single finger... hmmm
anyway.... get to the shop.... shake out pants... the the guy pulls up
behind me in a Yellow bug.... He's Laughing hysterically...... he had
witnessed the whole thing.... and decided the car was worth MUCH less... so
I take my 200 bucks and the ride to work... and SWORE OFF VW's at that
Keith ( Moral to the story.... Even semi competent mechanic's can do some
Pretty dumb ass things...)
----- Original Message -----
From "William M. Gilroy" <wmgilroy at avaya.com>
To: "Peter C." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "Wm. Severin Thompson" <email@example.com>; "Spridgets"
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 7:29 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Fwd: Selling the Sprite...
> "Peter C." wrote:
> > At 05:14 PM 2/16/2001, Wm. Severin Thompson wrote:
> > >The Spitfire was bought in Fox Lake, IL... I paid $400.
> > >
> > >Other highlights of ownership included...
> > The doors didn't open when you rounded a corner? Ah, those Phlegmfires,
> > love'em. My first use of a bungee cord.
> Or the use of a tall milk crate. Many years ago when working on my
> VW Bug I had all the seats out of the car. I had to be somewhere
> so boy genius (that's me) decide to use a milk crate as a drivers
> seat. So I stood that milk crate on end and drove off. About
> 2 miles from my house I encounter a problem with my "plan." I got
> to my first left turn. I went around the turn at about 15 MPH and
> the milk crate tipped over. Now I am going around the corner with
> one hand on the steering wheel and my face on the passenger floor.
> I flopped around for a bit, got the crate out of the way and kneeled
> so I could see out the front window. This was worse, since now I
> could see what was happening but if you are on your knees you
> CANNOT work the pedals! To avoid the traffic in front of me I had
> to pop the car out of gear and drive over the curb and over the
> speed limit sign, as if the laws applied to me. I can you say
> "Bill you should have pulled the E-Brake." Think about it, if this
> car had no seat, do you really think the E-Brake was working? Of
> course not. This was when I was much younger.
> Bill "Stupidity hurts" Gilroy