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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Drive Me to the Moon

I love this story. A 91-year-old woman has been driving her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente V8 for 46 years. (And she likes to drive it fast!) She got the car the same year I got my learner's permit. If I continue to drive TAO 61 , my beloved vintage Miata, which made 200,000 miles just a year ago, until I'm 91, I could break her record by a year (assuming she stops driving right now!). She also measures the mileage on her car by the distance to the moon...and back. I haven't quite made it to the moon yet, and I can't imagine that I will drive enough in the next 30 years to make the return trip, to say nothing of the fact that the older I get, the harder it is to get out of my little roadster with the top up. It's like crawling out of a hole. Still, I have to hand it to this lady. As she says,"I love my car!" I completely understand.

I don't know if she has a vanity plate. If I were her, I think I would order one: TAO 91!


sybil law said...

Oooh, I had 3 posts to catch up on!
I love the car story, too. My old Bonneville only made it to about 250k miles, but someone else has it, somewhere.
I miss that car!

baroness radon said...

I knew you would relate!!!

baroness radon said...

Chinese spam comment removed:

"There is no key to happiness, only a ladder"

Or my Mazda Miata!

baroness radon said...

"Seagull to fly, we must first far back. Nectar to mellow, we must first for a long time brewing."

and from Tao 61, the yin side:

"I get to see very good article."

Inadvertently, YES, REALLY, I learned that at least one of them...the one getting see a very good article... is a link to a sex site.

The Crow said...

Hehe :)
I once had the chance to try out a Lotus Europa:
For all its verve and go-fast appeal, getting in and out of it was a direct link to a life of chiropractic slavery.
Fast cars so often involve being a contortionist.
My old '66 Rambler American had been to the moon and back.
Although the engine - though noisy - was still willing, the worldwide lack of suspension parts finally sealed its fate.
Its probably easier to drive to the moon:
Far fewer bumps along the way.