Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vehicular Virginity and Pipe Dreams

I can see spring as the light at the end of the long, cold tunnel although Hubby just told me that it's only the reflection of the landing beacons from the black helicopters circling our house.


With spring comes my birthday and although I don't really enjoy adding one to my current age, the alternative....well....is not so good. Anyway, when I think of my birthday, I remember getting my driver's license at age 16 and that made me think of my first car. (Yeah, my brain takes these wild, weird jumps.)

That's right. There's nothing like that first car that is all yours (complete with you having to pay for gas!) When I graduated from high school, my parents got me a 1980 Subaru with the lousiest A/C ever invented (what, it doesn't get hot in Japan?) It was cute and blue and I really loved it but I thought I was going to die every summer.

Actually, Mom would have preferred that I drive around in this:

I'm sure she tried to find one but became disillusioned at the pricing and availability and she probably would have freaked out if I told her I really did want to drive one.

So what was your first car?

Hubby's first car was something like this (thank you, Wiki, for the photo):

But it probably felt more like this:

If I had a kid, he/she would probably get this and the child would call me a STUPID DUMBASS TREE-HUGGING HIPPIE MOM STUPID DUMBASS for the rest of its life:

Back in high school, rich kids had something similar to this:

Yeah, baby. Now we're talking. I'm thinking why in the heck did I not date the guys driving Porsches?

Enough of that. What's your dream car?

I've always been fascinated with Herbie. What a cute little bug. And the driver....well...Hubby told me NOT to dye my hair that color.

Ah shucks. I kind of like it.

Hubby's mid-life crises dream car:

Hubby seemed confused as to why there are strangers in his car. I offered to replace the driver with his face and the front-seat passenger with a blow-up doll, but he gave me The Look. Oh well. He had his chance at fame but he turned it down.

Hubby's real mid-life crises car....um....vehicle:

So that's what it looks like. It is often seen from this perspective:

And, finally, Perspective Cat's dream car:

WTF? I'm speechless. That is so Not Happening.

There is no space in the garage.

Cheshire cat photo courtesy of talljoe on flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license. Porsche, SmartCar and Volvo c70 photos were "borrowed" from car sales websites. Remaining photos are the property of ReformingGeek. Please do not use without permission.


Deb said...

That is one cool cat car! Surely you can find the space somewhere to keep that. My dream car is anything that doesn't require monthly payments.

Unknown said...

My first car, that I wrecked while DUI at 16 was an Oldsmobile (i forget what the model was)

My dream car. Well I'm driving it, Like Deb.. it is my dream car because I don't have to make payments. Its a Chrysler 300M Special. It's pretty and it goes fast too ;)

Unknown said...

my first car was a pea green 3 speed duster that i named petunia

I will hafta get back to you on my dream car I really like the Lexus suv looking cars not sure if its my dream car tho'

Anonymous said...

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Say it isn't so!

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ReformingGeek said...

@Deb - Maybe I will clean the garage for the cat's car, if he will stop puking and eating rodents in front of me.

@dizzblnd - You are such the wild woman! ;-)

@georgie - Oh my! Pea green?

@Quirkyloon - Ah...Good catch but I just want Herbie and I thought maybe I could get Herbie by replacing Lindsay's face with mine. Apparently, it's not quite that easy.....

Have fun on the moon! Bring me back some cheese.

Nooter said...
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Nooter said...

asked the human and he said his first car was something like this:


fond memories of pedaling up an down the sidewalk cruzin for chicks

Ed said...

Go for the cat car! Go for the cat car! Don't be a lemming...

Unknown said...

My first car lasted 2 days. Damned shame :0

ReformingGeek said...

@Nooter - I think that was probably my first car before the Driver License!

@VE - OK, I'll get the cat car. I can't let you down, VE.

@dani - Oops.

Elizabeth said...

My first car was a 1974 orange AMC Hornet. I paid $1000 for it in 1988. It was great! I loved it. And it actually is my dream car, I really do dream about finding one for sale and buying it. I've even gone so far as looking on e-bay. Luckily I live too far away for any of those cars to be an option, but someday...

United Studies said...

My first car was a 1988 Chevy Beretta, which I bought in 1996. It served its purpose. I am not sure what my dream car is....but it's probably something I can't afford. I am actually not much of a car person. My current car is a 2003 Chevy Impala, which I must say has been great. It still runs perfectly, and it's never broken down.

Peter is now driving his dream truck....a black 4-door Chevy Silverado.

ReformingGeek said...

@Elizabeth - Yeah, getting a car to Alaska is a challenge. My friend bought one of the bugs here in D/FW for his friend that lives in Anchorage and he and another guy drove it to up there. Yikes! I guess they would need a boat to get it to Juneau.

@Jacki - Hubby is definitely more into cars than me. He really enjoys the hunt; the research and comparisons and the discussions. I don't like spending the money.

Bee said...

My first car a Cadillac Cimarron. I loved that car and then I hated it like nothing I have ever hated in my entire life.

"1.00s, 1.50s, 1.75s for the short arms. If you know what I'm talking about, you're probably old, too."

"Boomer brain fog: What was the last, middle, and first part of what you just said to me?"