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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!
TAO 61: A great nation flows downward into intercourse with the world. The female of the world always prevails over the male by stillness. Because stillness is considered lower, by lowering itself to a small nation a great nation takes a small nation; by being lower than a great nation a small nation takes a great nation. So one takes by lowering itself, another takes place by being lower. A great nation wants no more than to include and nurture people; a small nation wants no more than to admit and serve people. Both get what they want, so the great should be below. translated from the Tao Te Ching, Thomas CLeary