E.M. Kingston has started a new weekly prompt called The Sunday Ramble. It is based upon a certain topic. She asks five questions about that topic, that we can ramble on however we wish. Today’s topic is “cars and driving.”
1. We all had a first car. What year, make, and model was your first car?
My first car was a 1961 Chevy Corvair Monza, pretty much like the one pictured below.
When I was about 18, my parents handed down to me their 1961 Monza. I believe they gave it to me right about the same time that consumer advocate Ralph Nader first published his book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a book that basically condemned the Corvair as a death trap. Hmmm.
It really was a POS car. It was so bad that, because of its bronze color, my friends dubbed it the “golden garbage can.” But, given that it didn’t cost me anything, I did have some fond memories of that POS. As they say, you never forget your first car.
2. If you won the lottery, would you buy your dream car and what kind would it be? If you do not care to talk about cars, how would you spend your lottery money?
Back in the day I got used to really care about the kinds of cars I drove. I preferred sports cars, and I owned, at one time or another a Sunbeam Alpine, an MGB, an Austin Healey 3000, a Jaguar XK150, and a Datsun 240Z. Then I got married, had kids, and bought station wagons, minivans, and SUVs. Today I own a small, electric SUV and that more than meets my driving needs. So if I won the lottery today, I’d by a luxury mountain retreat.
3. The Transporter (hauling other people and going from point A to point B), Gone in 60 Seconds (fast!), or Driving Miss Daisy (Slow)? (This would be examples of your driving style.)
I’m heavy-footed, so I have to go with “Gone in 60 Seconds” or maybe “Fast and Furious.”
4. Which is your preference to drive on: Interstate, Freeways, or Back Roads?
5. Pick your favorite famous car on television.
That would have to be KITT, from Knight Rider, a modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that did it all: fired rockets, sniffed bombs, sprayed tear gas, could “ski” on two wheels, and had artificial intelligence and could talk.