On 11/30/05, Frank Clarici <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Robert E. Shlafer wrote:
> > it's not that the car won't do it, it's that I
> > won't do it to the car! And not because
> > it WON'T make it, but because there is no
> > good reason I can think of why it SHOULD
> > HAVE make it at all, to begin with. :)
> Who called him a wuss?
> The above is a wuss excuse.
> I don't wanna do it just because.
> Road trips are a blast, road trips in a Sprite are even more of a blast.
> And if nothing goes wrong, you have nothing to talk about.
> Do the road trip, hope for a break down.
> We have guys doing the BABE rally in real POS Spridgets, are they
> worried? I think NOT.
> If the rally wasn't during my busiest month, I would be driving and/or
> navigating. But I will assist in the prep work.
> And if there is an SOS in the summer, I will be driving one of the
> Spridgets out there. Just check the oil, top up the rad, and do it.
Actually, guys... I really can kind of understand the Cap'n's position.
When I was 25, I thought nothing of taking off across Europe in the
old MG-TC with nothing but a few tools and a spare fan belt. Broke
down a number of times but it was all a part of the game. The journey's
the thing, you see..... Not the destination....
Now that I am over 60 with heart disease, hypertension, and spinal
arthritis (sciatica), I don't crawl around on the ground or lift things
so well any more. Its all I can do to bend enough to get in and out
of the Midget some days. When I took down the fuel system and
cleaned it all out last spring, it took me about 5 minutes laying on
my back under the car in pain to work up the required energy
to squirm back out again (got to get a creeper!!). Nowadays,
breaking down beside the highway is a bit more of a bother than it
was when I was 25....
Jim - he of the disabled Midget in Dodge City