Category Archives: Cars

ABC Wednesday – K is for ….

1969 Karmann Ghia

Konvertible??? No, this week letter is K which stands for Karmann Ghia by Volkswagen. I have to tell you that as a youngster during the 1970’s muscle car era I sure did not understand why anybody would want one of these. I guess now that I’m old and dumb instead of young and dumb I can appreciate the styling and lines but I still don’t get paying a premium for a 60 horsepower engine. I just love the baby blue color of this car, the bright chrome bumper and the little turn signals.

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Ruby Tuesday – Finding a Car at the Boat Show

Saturday son and I went to the Tulsa Boat Show at the County Fairgrounds. I’m not in the market for a boat,  I just like checking them out. Plus generally they have lots of RV’s and trailers to check out.
Chevrolet Camaro

This beautiful Camaro was on display. I love these cars. I’d never buy one though. Can you imagine the insurance. If you want to buy it for me though I’d spring for the insurance.

Ruby Tuesday 2

Speaking of cars, did you watch the Super Bowl? (Wow I’m a silver tongued devil. How is that for a smooth transition?) I  loved the Dodge Ram Truck Commercial featuring the voice of Paul Harvey. I think it may be the best commercial that I have ever seen.

The text is as follows

So God Made a Farmer
And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.
God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the township board.” So God made a farmer.
“I need somebody with arms strong enough to wrestle a calf and yet gentle enough to cradle his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait for lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure to come back real soon and mean it.” So God made a farmer.
God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year,’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse, who can fix a harness with hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, up in another 72 hours.” So God made a farmer.
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place. So God made a farmer.
God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to help a newborn calf begin to suckle and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower in an instant to avoid the nest of meadowlarks.”
It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, brake, disk, plow, plant, strain the milk, replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with an eight mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his family says that they are proud of what Dad does. “So God made a farmer.”

There was nobody like Paul Harvey!

Ruby Tuesday at the Airport

Vintage Car at Tulsa Airport

I snapped this shot at the Tulsa International Airport while returning on my last trip.

I know that some of you are going to want to know what kind of car it is and the only that I can tell you is that it is an old red car because I forgot to note what the make and model is. There is a good chance that one of my really smart and knowledgeable readers will know and let the rest of know.

All I knew was that it is red, and I like red cars.

Ruby Tuesday 2

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I’ve Got Soul!

(My Canon Soul)

I got me a new car. Yep, I turned in the old 2002 Toyota Tacoma pickup and got a brand spanking new Kia Soul.

(My Takashi blue tint Soul)

I loved the truck and didn’t ever have a problem with it but I didn’t like 18 mpg mileage.

(Lomographic Soul #1)

Plus we don’t go camping any more so I didn’t need to carry all the gear that it takes to go camping. Especially when you are an old fat guy like me that likes his comforts.

(Lomographic Soul #2)

And I had been conferring with the family mechanic. To get all the recommended service done would have been quite a chunk of money, and I’d still have a truck with over a 100K miles.

(Lomographic Double Exposure Soul)

The Soul doesn’t have the best mileage out there and it isn’t the lowest price, and it looks like kind of strange. I was all set to buy a Honda Fit but found out that to get satellite radio built in I would have to pay $2000 for a “Navigation Package” but that it would give me turn by turn directions. Sorry Honda, I’m a geocacher. I own four GPS’s. I got turn by turn directions out the butt. Bad move Honda!!!

(Sweetie deciding whether she is going to steal my Soul.)

But it is funky looking, I can plug my ipod to it, it has Satellite Radio. It has good power, its fun to drive. Lots and lots of safety features, and a great warranty. You sit upright, and I liked the dealer and the sales lady. It’s not a sedan. I kind of wanted an Austin Mini. This is my cheaper, more reliable, roomier, higher sitting up Austin Mini that I can plug my Ipod Touch into.

Plus it has a cool commercial. I don’t recall ever having seen the commercial but I am very good at tuning out commercials and boring people.

This commercial appeals to my young, hip, urban, contemporary midlife crisis side.

Wish me well!

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Two Toned Weekend Reflections

Last week SuperPizzaBoy and I snuck out to the Fairgrounds for the Car Show. There is nothing shinier than new cars under lights.

There is something about a nice two toned paint job that is really nice. They had the class two tones.


And the cute two tones.


And the utilitarian version


And the family values version


(I really like the coral color)

They even had two tone cars for a mid life crisis


Or this


Do you suppose that this Corvair pickup is unsafe at any speed?


(I didn’t even know that they made Corvair pickups.)

And how about this for cool?


Oh, and they had a bunch of shiny new cars at show with friendly salesman and models in short skirts, high heels, and big smiles. These old cars didn’t have any of that, they had old guys with lawn chairs.

Weekend Reflections

New Car Buying

Sweetie’s old 2003 Highlander needs either fixed or replaced. The heater and the air conditioning doesn’t work and the check engine light is on. Young SuperPizzaBoy has been kind of hard on the back seat.

So spend some money or get a new one? Who doesn’t like a new car. Lets go!!


Here she is at breakfast all set to go.

Off to Riverside Chevrolet we go. We are looking at Chevy’s Traverse. We had not looked at American cars in years but hey we are loyal American Republicans wanting to help our economy out. Our salesman is Eric. A very nice young man, an OU fan even.


Here is Eric showing Sweetie the car.

Later we go to the showroom to get brochure’s and stuff. You know what we find in the showroom.

New car

Now that is what I call a family car! I could find a few geocaches with that thing. Is there anything prettier than a new car in a show room. Lets do some ciphering. That car is worth about four Traverses. Or about twenty 2003 Toyota Highlanders. I’m pretty good at ratios aren’t I? Problem is we have only one 2003 Highlander. Anybody know where I can get nineteen others?

Let’s check back with Sweetie to see how she is doing.


Looking at cars is FUN!!!!

So we end up fencing with Eric a little while. Then the sales manager shows up. He’s also a nice guy. We fence with him for a little while. We mention that we are going to look at Toyota’s. Hey they also have a Toyota Dealer, Riverside Toyota. Wow, good for them. Hey, and Eric can sell us one of those. Ready, Set, Go to the Toyota dealer with Eric in hot pursuit.

Ooops, sorry, we test drove on and don’t like the new Highlanders. Sorry Eric, gotta go! See ya!

So now we run to the Nissan dealer. We are going to check out the Murano. Cost is quite a bit more than the Traverse. But they are cool. Back up television cameras, ipod plug-ins (we played my Miles Davis. They didn’t want to hear Metallica). Blue tooth this and that, leather seats, dual moon roof, heated seats, safety features out the wazoo.

A really nice salesman, Simon, demonstrates the car for us. Lets see, only three Murano’s equal’s one Corvette.


Simon is cool. See’ya Simon. Time to go test drive a Honda CRV.

Hey we survived the first day of car buying. We don’t have a car yet. You know, lets just get the old girl fixed and drive her another 50K and see where we are at? I don’t know. Stay tuned.

Right now, I’m downing an adult beverage.