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Open Letter to Hot Rod Magazine 20-May-2012

Open Letter to Hot Rod
Open Letter to Hot Rod

 

Open Letter to Hot Rod Magazine  20-May-2012

Dear Hot Rod Magazine,

I was reading my June issue of Hot Rod over the weekend, and the more pages I turned, the more I got this creeping feeling that something was amiss.  Lots of good stuff in there, like always.  But the content wasn’t the problem.  Page after page…  oh that’s it!  Not a single page missing or shredded!

Riiiiipppp!!!
Riiiiipppp!!!

You see, one evening last fall, my kids were hanging out in the garage with me while I worked on the car.  My son is 11 and my daughter is 8.  From under the car, I started hearing…  ‘Riiiipppp.  Rip.  –silence-  Riiiippp…’  And just as I was about to ask who was ripping what, Sophie said, “Why are men such pigs???” And then she made the cutest little piggy snort noise…  Men really aren’t that cute when they’re being pigs, I’m afraid.

I rolled out from under the car to see her going through my Hot Rod magazine, page by page, tearing out the pictures she found to be disrespectful to women.  There were many.  I even took a picture of her doing it.  At the time it was just a funny little tidbit of our evening, but it really made me think.  Maybe it was time for me to give up car magazines?  They’re never going to change.  Scantily clad super models sell magazines.  True story.  But if my purchase of said magazines in any way diminishes my little lady’s respect for me?  Yeah they’ll get recycled asap.  She already has enough people trying to teach her that her value is primarily in her pretty face…  Daddy won’t be a party to that.  Not in this house.

We talked about it a lot, as we do most things.  The problem is, it’s not just Hot Rod magazine…  it’s everywhere.  On billboards, in the grocery store checkout.  Everywhere.  But I still don’t have to bring it into my home.  That’s a line I get to draw while the rest of the world gets to choose what we see when we leave the house.

To cut to the chase, and avoid the entire ugly argument I see every time this discussion arises in the automotive community, I just wanted to say that we reached a compromise.  Sophie gets to go through them and tear out anything she finds offensive.  I get to keep the subscription.  I think it’s important to show her that I respect her feelings on the matter, yet I also realize there’s only so much I can do about filtering the world she lives in.  In summary, Hot Rod still comes to our mail box.  I just have to, occasionally, guess how the article on the previous page ended.  Fair enough!

Yet the June issue is oddly devoid of nearly-naked chicks.  Was this an oversight?  Maybe they’re still there, but I’m just so old now that I didn’t see them?  Nope, I had Sophie scour the entire thing from cover to cover.  Only 4 models, and all 4 from advertisements in the back.  Only mildly offensive, in fact.  Point being-  this issue of Hot Rod was nearly 99.9% all about Hot Rods.  We scoured May and July as well, with similar results.

So what’s up with that?  Is this what I can expect in the future?  Or were these 3 consecutive issues simply an oddity?  If this is the future of Hot Rod magazine, I applaud it and you.  I know a lot of car guys disagree with me, but that’s my take on it.  I like it this way.  If this 3 month stretch was just an anomaly, I’d humbly ask that you go back through them yourself, back to back, as Sophie and I did, and see if you can understand her perspective-  A car magazine that’s full of cars has a lot more credibility.  I know that I never thought I’d see 3 in a row with so little girly content.  Remember way up in the third paragraph when I said, “They’re never going to change.”  I hope I’m wrong about that.  This is a change I’d like to see, and I’m a paying customer.

Sidenote-  Sophie asked me to write this letter telling you how much she likes this change.  She was as pleasantly surprised as I was.  She’s the future of the human race, as well as a future consumer…

Sincerely,

Scott Rigdon

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Subscribers

Hot Nights Hot Cars 06-August-2011

People Slide Show
People Slide Show

Hot Nights Hot Cars  06-August-2011

The people come to the Cruises for the cars, right?  Or do the cars just bring the people?  Yesterday on my way to Pilot Mountain, I drove through a really heavy rain storm.  And I think it did result in a smaller turnout.  In any case, I took more pictures of the people last night than I normally do.  The folks drying and polishing the cars that sat through the rain storm, the old guys talking cars and the Dads telling their kids car stories.

Here are a few of my favorites…

In the pictures of the old muscle cars, there’s one of a red ’67 (I think, you’d think I’d be more certain!) RS with what I’ll respectfully call an older gentleman at the wheel, one kid in the passenger front seat and another kid in the passenger rear seat.  As I walked by on the sidewalk, they were sitting in it and the kids were trying to get the fella to take them for a cruise up and down the strip.  He played hard to get, like he wasn’t sure they should, but quickly gave in and fired it up to take the kids for a cruise.  While I hope Grandkids are a good many years off for me, I do also hope to take them cruising in my Camaro one day!

Rat Rods Slide Show
Rat Rods Slide Show

A kid on a bike, a teenager asleep in a lawn chair on the sidewalk, a lemonade slush at the newly opened “Mt. Pilot Filling Station”, polishing rags hung out to dry here and there, a couple I ran into several times who were holding hands and talking cars each time I passed them…  some tough guys in an old Firebird, a Mopar Dad who happened upon 2 Chargers at once and tried to tell his Son about both as they passed!  My friend Terrance trying to talk his Dad out of the 442 purchase to make room for a 1970 Camaro!  The group of guys talking about the barn-find Buick one of them just picked up.  People.  They make the Cruises.

If you look closely at the pictures, there’s one of a flat black rat rod, a woman in a pink shirt and white shorts, and her husband standing just to the right behind her.  I was taking pictures of the rod, and she yelled at the driver who then stopped to talk.  She quickly hopped in, waved goodbye to her husband, and drove off!  I walked over to tease him…

“Oh, ouch, that’s gotta sting a little…  the wife left you for a Rat Rod?”

The fella didn’t miss a beat and quickly replied,

Classics Slide Show
Classics Slide Show

“Yeah, and if I’m quick enough, I bet I can get outta here before he realizes his mistake and brings her back!”

The state of North Carolina made a really sad mistake in judgment by not yet allowing the two young ladies in the back of the old (flawless) green Chevy pickup drive with a license at their young ages…  so I tried to negotiation just one slow and careful cruise up and back for them, in spite of the licenseless dealio, but it turns out their Grandpa (the owner of the truck) had dealt with smooth talkers before.  But I tried!

Rat Rods!  I love them!  Ezra wants to build one, and Sophie wants a ’55-’57 Chevy.  (More on this below…)  My favorite last night was the one that didn’t even have a drive shaft tunnel.  It did appear to have the drive shaft painted red though, so…  it was good and safe that way?  Love it!!!

Everything Else Slide Show
Everything Else Slide Show

The old muscle cars really need no description.  They’re the heart of the Cruise-Ins as cars go.  I did want to note that I’ll bet the picture of the freshly rained-on Yenko Camaro are the first and only pictures you’ve ever seen of a wet Yenko Camaro!!!

And Everything Else!  The chopped VW bus, the late model rides, the low riders and the pulling garden tractor and the Trailblazer SS with an LS2 in it…  An Astro van chopped down like a Deora!  A small track hoe!  You name it…  someone will cruise in it…

My 55 Slide Show
My 55 Slide Show

And last but not least is my next project car…  the yellow ’55.  I was wandering through a local shop’s yard and am hoping it’s for sale, although I don’t have any idea how I could swing a project car right now.  Felt like an old friend as I walked by.  It seems to be a (relatively) complete and solid ’55 missing only the interior.  We could build a family Rat ’55!!!  A junkyard carbureted LS engine, 6-speed, and road signs for interior with racing seats.  I’ll be King of the Carpool when I pick the kids up at school!

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Home

The Curse of the Cyborg 03-December-2010

SLIDE SHOW
SLIDE SHOW

The Curse of the Cyborg  03-December-2010

 

Being a Cyborg is tough, to say the least.  We’re not well known, we’re rarely understood, and for the most part, the world is full of humans!  The best we can do is try to ‘blend’.  It’s just not always possible.

 

And then the kids blurt it out at the oddest times…  Now and then Sophie will just toss that out at random, “My Dad is a robot inside.  That time he died, the doctors cut him in half and put wires and stuff inside him.”  I think it’s healthy for kids to think you’re a robot inside.  Even though the doctors claim it’s impossible, Sophie also says she can hear the generator in my chest making beep boop noises if she puts her ear directly over it.  I believe her.  Just because a grownup can’t hear it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist…

 

So since I’m a Cyborg, I have to be careful of various hazards…  the most deadly of which (not that I believe that, given that I’m also immortal, which is an entirely different issue, not at all to be confused with ‘invincible’, it’s a common misconception) is giant magnets.  Specifically, MRI equipment as well as those giant junkyard magnets they use to pick up cars and toss them into the crusher.  I think that only happens in movies, but still, I do watch out for them everywhere I go.

 

What was I talking about?  Oh yeah, the airport!  The security sign says, “Please notify security if you have an implant or metal prosthesis.”  So I did.  And I wished I hadn’t.  X-Ray equipment does not bother my implant.  But given that 9/10 doctors have no idea how my implant works, I gave up on explaining it to airport security, and just let them pat me down so they didn’t have to worry about the X-Ray machine killing me.  I’m assuming that creates all sorts of paperwork?

 

On the way home I was standing in the security line, trying to decide whether or not to tell them about the implant.  I’m assuming it would trip the X-Ray machine and I’d end up tazered.  Which doesn’t harm a Cyborg mind you, but likely to royally piss me off.  (This is ALL Cyborgs, not just me for future reference.)  Then I noticed that one of the security guards was an absolutely lovely young lady.  I DO need a patdown!  Wouldn’t want to break the rules.  I’m just that docile.  And finally an UP side to being a Cyborg!

 

When I reached the front of the line, I walked up to her and said with a smirk, “Hi, I need a patdown.”  She must have been able to hear the voices in my head or something, because she grinned from ear to ear.  It was apparent that she knew I had chosen my security guard wisely!  She gave me a big smile, and while grinning from ear to ear, used her radio to page a big fat guy to come pat me down.  Then happily reported to me that HE would be right with me.  *sigh*

 

While it was bitterly cold and harsh rejection, it was so damn nicely done that I just had to respect it!!!

 

Bill was a perfect gentleman by the way.  In fact he even told me he was embarrassed about his weight, and I told him the story of when I used to weigh 300 pounds.  We bonded.  And not just from him cupping my package.

 

If a Cyborg approaches you and asks for affection, you’re under no obligation to humor him.  But, for the love of God, don’t have a fat guy cup his package.  It’s just hurtful, and Cyborgs have feelings too!!!

 

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Cyborg

 

Hot Nights Hot Cars 02-October-2010

PICTURES
PICTURES
VIDEO
VIDEO

Hot

Nights

Hot Cars

Pilot

Mountain

02-October-2010

I’m doing this a bit differently than usual, so this story will be posted with both the photo album and the video from last night…  so I’m going to put in timestamps that go with the video, and write about the pictures all in one place.  I guess you’ll have to see both the video and the photo album for it to all make sense!

The last big cruise of the season…  :sigh:

The car isn’t likely to make another appearance until 2011, so we decided to clean up the Bubba Truck and cruise in it instead!  Lotsa work there though…  Can’t remember the last time I washed it, and it’s been mostly sitting for nearly 2 years.  With the top off half the time so I can use it as a pickup truck.  But it cleaned up pretty good!

Video 0:10:  ‘Big Hill’ in front of the house…  not really a mountain, but the kids were impressed that the truck drove right up and down it…

Video 1:10:  Kids begin singing “I like Big Trucks and I cannot lie…”  I wish I could take some credit for coming up with that one, but I had nothing to do with it!!!

Stellar $3 shades/safety glasses for the kids for the trip.  Stellar.  We didn’t even make it to Harris Teeter before the kids were singing!

Even in the daylight it was a bit chilly for riding with the top off, which made Sophie really cuddly for quite some time after we got there. Win/Win.

Cars cars cars, and more cars!  The General Lee made another appearance…  several cool Rat Trucks that we saw while cruising, but unfortunately never got pictures of.  Love’em!

Video 2:20:  Sophie has her own sign language for ‘Pizza’…  I didn’t notice this until I was watching the video later!

We cruised several times, then went to Soppers to put our names in.  Then across the street to get a drink while we waited for a table…  where we found Uncle Benny!!!  That Uncle Benny, I tell ya, has really been a close second to myself with helping the kids enjoy the cruises as a family adventure…  last night he asked the kids to do the honors of drawing for prizes up on stage at the end of the night!

I didn’t get as many car pictures this time as usual.  Most I snapped as the cars passed Soppers where we were waiting for our table.  By the time we got done with dinner, it was time to make our way to the stage!  What an outstanding way to end out the end of the last cruise of the season, Ezra and Sophie on the big stage!

Video 6:10:  I was a little worried the kids would freeze on the stage, but not a hint of stage fright!  In fact, they had a great time!  I suppose it’s all fun and games when the world is your Playground?

Video 7:05:  Dad goes ‘Dancing with the Cars’ as usual…

From there, one walking trip up and back to get homemade ice cream…  nothing warms the bones on a cool fall evening like Oreo Ice Cream!  Under a blanket.  In the open air…

Video 7:55:  I’ve been going to this Cruise-In for so long that some of the people that recognize me have begun to refer to me affectionately as ‘Scott ThreeFifty’…  A while back, I got a bit bummed out about that whole situation where I had to nuke that place “Where everybody knows my name…”  I used to think ‘that place’ could only be that one physical location.  I think maybe ‘that place’ is less tied to a physical location than it is a product of who you are.  Maybe even though the physical location of ‘that place’ is forever gone for me, it would seem that I’m the kind of person whose name people remember.  And that’s a much greater compliment.  There are a handful of you who know me from when and where I was known as ‘Scotty’, and you remembering me from that far back is just as much a compliment as when I hear myself referred to as ‘Mr. Sophie’s Dad’ or ‘Mr. Ezra’s Dad’ or ‘Scott ThreeFifty’…  No matter where I’m located.  I suppose.  Most importantly, my kids seem to be growing up as people whose personalities lend them to be the type whose names people remember…  No matter where they’re located.  I suppose…

Got the kids all buckled up, jackets on, and blankets over them for our last cruise up and down the strip…

Video 8:30:  The Trolley ominously snuck up behind us!

Video 9:20:  For a 33 year old Chevy Truck, the Bubba Truck still sounds sweet when you wind it up!

They decided that it was still just a bit too nippy, and we managed to get them both under the passenger seat belt for the trip home, covered in blankets, (still eating ice cream, of course…) and with the heater blasting.  They were both very ‘chilly cuddly’ when we got home…  Win/Win/Win!

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Cruisers

Birthday Weekend 04-September-2010

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Birthday Weekend  04-September-2010

Wow.  Has this been a busy week…

Ezra turned the big 1-0 on Thursday, and Sophie will be Lucky 7 on the 9th, so this weekend was earmarked to celebrate both!

Saturday morning we hit Tanglewood Park bright and early (10am) and even had time to play on the playground a bit before horseback riding.

Ezra rode ‘Scout’, Sophie rode ‘Vegas’ (how fitting!) and I rode good old ‘Hugh’…  all fine animals!  We brought apples and carrots as peace offerings…  not that these horses were untamed or likely to buck us off, but still…  Sophie kept our guide, Mike, tethered at all times!  And look at the lovey dovey horsies in the pasture!  Ezra was unsure about the whole horseback riding thing until we got going, and now he’s a believer!

McDonald’s.  I’m not a fan.  The food is both awful and overpriced.  But I suppose that giant playland is the major draw, and on this day we needed fast food to stay on schedule!

Toys R Us!  For Nerf Laser Tag!  I have to admit these are super cool beyond what you might guess…  lots of space age electronic sounds, plus very intelligent and accurate lasers…  Money well spent.

Home for a breather, then to Indoor Urban Paintball for paintball laser tag!  Where Ezra ran me nearly to death, kicked my butt, and decided that leaving the house isn’t so bad after all…  and Sophie, of course, found a puppy to play with.  Sheesh!

On to Pilot Mountain for the biggest turnout I’ve ever seen at a Cruise-In!  Wowza.  Tons of cool rides.  We didn’t get to eat at Soppers given the 2 hour wait for a table, but we still had a blast!  We rode the Trolley that had thus far eluded us…  it’s both a ride from the PART lot if you want to avoid the mob, yet also just a free fun ride if you want to cruise Main Street in the Trolley!  Which we did.  On the most perfect day we’ve had in months.  With the windows down.  Ahhhh.

So many cool cars!  The General Lee and Rosco P. Coltrane!  Even Flash was there!

I think I many need a Chevelle.  The roundy tail lights one.  With a big block in it.  Or an LS7.  I’m a lot more ‘Big Block Chevelle’ than I am ‘Chevy Van’…

Since Soppers was booked, we ate at Rigatoni’s farther away from Main Street.  Good stuff!  Mmmmmm, pizza…

I talked to the guy with the blown silver pickup.  1,000+hp.  :drool:

I-Spy:  A guy riding a motorized cooler.  Really.

I almost didn’t get the kids to their Birthday balloons before dark!  The ladies at the Pilot Mountain Country Store always recognize us and were kind enough to have the balloons ready for Ezra and Sophie so that we could (theoretically) walk across the street from Soppers after dinner for the surprise!  We had to whittle this grand plan down from 500 balloons to 24, since it turns out 500 balloons are expensive!!!  Still fun to free 24…

Even when we left at nearly 9pm, the Cruise was still going strong!  Tons and tons and tons of cool cars, families, and shoppers!

Baskin Robbins ice cream on the way home.  Long hot showers for all, and all were almost out cold when Willie couldn’t contain his…  ‘Excitement’? and yakked all over the place, for unknown reasons.  Shampoo the carpet, and *now* lights out!  Oh right after one more round of Nerf Laser Tag…

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Birthday Kids

Uncle Benny Huff 07-August-2010

Uncle Benny Huff  07-August-2010


Uncle Benny Huff  07-August-2010
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That Smooth Devil, Uncle Benny!  We met Uncle Benny on our very first cruise down Main Street last spring…  he stands at the stop light on Main and talks to the cruisers and their passengers about their rides, and is basically the MC of the entire event…  On our first pass down the strip he stopped us to let the kids talk over the microphone, and he’s been part of the family ever since!  Well the kids missed the June cruise and even though we were at the July shindig, we never did get Uncle Benny cornered to say hello.  Well last week Uncle Benny wrote to let us know he’d missed us, and to be sure to corner him this time!

7:30am yesterday:  “Don’t forget we have to find Uncle Benny today!”  Right.  Could we talk about it at 9am since it’s Saturday?  I hadn’t forgotten!  Remember when you were a kid and were so excited about something that the day dragged on and on and on?  Yeah that was yesterday here!  And I have to admit I get excited about the cruises too.  Well when we finally cornered Uncle Benny (he’s a popular fella and you just never know which vehicle he’s going to catch a ride on!) he said, “Wait right here.”  And disappeared for a few minutes.  Being the tough-as-nails sorta guy I am, I can’t readily admit that I got a little choked up when Benny came back, but…  well…

Benny had been carrying around these gifts for 2 months!  An Angel for Sophie and a model Camaro for Ezra!  I told the kids that I think Uncle Benny has had some experience with wooing young ladies and winning the admiration of young men!  But honestly it was incredibly thoughtful and was a major pick-me-up for Dad as well.  The weight of the world has been especially heavy on my shoulders this week, and it’s really good to know that my kids make a lasting impression, and that they capture the hearts of the people we come across.

If you look closely at the pictures with Uncle Benny and the kids, Ezra’s mouth is literally gaping open in one of them!  We’ll be building that Camaro soon on a Guy’s Night, and Sophie is still carrying her Angel around the house because of course she loves it, but also she’s afraid that her Surfer Dude doll is going to fall hopelessly in love with this Angel!  Building a Camaro on Guys’ Night with my Son and hopelessly in love with this Angel.  You nailed that one right on the head, Uncle Benny!

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Home

Hot Nights Hot Cars 07-August-2010

Hot Nights Hot Cars  07-August-2010

Hot Nights Hot Cars  07-August-2010
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The big Cruise couldn’t get here fast enough this week…  we really really needed some R&R…

Given the recent chaos, we opted for a Laserwash instead of a loving hand wax…  going through the car wash is recreation in and of itself…  with ‘Rainbow Soap’ as Sophie calls the multicolored foam.  And the van jussssssst barely squeezes into the automatic car washes, so each time Ezra is watching closely to see if this time is the one where I get too close on one side or the other and lose a body panel!  So far so good…

McDonald’s roadtrip junkfood.  Fishy Sammich with cheese and ketchup only, apple dippers, and milkshakes.  Mmmmm.

Cars cars cars, and trucks!  And tractors!  And rogue street fair objects!  New cars.  Old cars.  Homemade cars.  Show cars and rat rods and Saturday Night boulevard bruisers.  Old farm trucks and that Impala that Grandma bought in 1977 and only drove twice before she died.  Motorcycles!  At least one Mack Truck (cue Jason Aldean:  “Take you for a ride on my Big Green Mack Truck”)…  Did I mention cars?

More miscellaneous discussion about what we’ll build as a family project.  (After I win the lottery…  note to self:  start buying lottery tickets…)  Discussion seems to come back to a ’57 Chevy, but we also look over late ‘60’s Chevelles and Camaros as well…  maybe one of each?  Give each kid one when they get their license?  I have a lot more great ideas than I have money!

Did you catch the Pistol Grip shifter?  How about the old Mopar turn signals in the hood(s)?

That Smooth Devil, Uncle Benny!  We met Uncle Benny on our very first cruise down Main Street last spring…  he stands at the stop light on Main and talks to the cruisers and their passengers about their rides, and is basically the MC of the entire event…  On our first pass down the strip he stopped us to let the kids talk over the microphone, and he’s been part of the family ever since!  Well the kids missed the June cruise and even though we were at the July shindig, we never did get Uncle Benny cornered to say hello.  Well last week Uncle Benny wrote to let us know he’d missed us, and to be sure to corner him this time!

7:30am yesterday:  “Don’t forget we have to find Uncle Benny today!”  Right.  Could we talk about it at 9am since it’s Saturday?  I hadn’t forgotten!  Remember when you were a kid and were so excited about something that the day dragged on and on and on?  Yeah that was yesterday here!  And I have to admit I get excited about the cruises too.  Well when we finally cornered Uncle Benny (he’s a popular fella and you just never know which vehicle he’s going to catch a ride on!) he said, “Wait right here.”  And disappeared for a few minutes.  Being the tough-as-nails sorta guy I am, I can’t readily admit that I got a little choked up when Benny came back, but…  well…

Benny had been carrying around these gifts for 2 months!  An Angel for Sophie and a model Camaro for Ezra!  I told the kids that I think Uncle Benny has had some experience with wooing young ladies and winning the admiration of young men!  But honestly it was incredibly thoughtful and was a major pick-me-up for Dad as well.  The weight of the world has been especially heavy on my shoulders this week, and it’s really good to know that my kids make a lasting impression, and that they capture the hearts of the people we come across.

If you look closely at the pictures with Uncle Benny and the kids, Ezra’s mouth is literally gaping open in one of them!  We’ll be building that Camaro soon on a Guy’s Night, and Sophie is still carrying her Angel around the house because of course she loves it, but also she’s afraid that her Surfer Dude doll is going to fall hopelessly in love with this Angel!  Building a Camaro on Guys’ Night with my Son and hopelessly in love with this Angel.  You nailed that one right on the head, Uncle Benny!

Amazingly we literally walked away from Uncle Benny as the doors to the museum opened for the 6:30 tour, and the kids got to wander the car stuffs that I’d shown them pictures of from the June cruise they missed…  I couldn’t get a close up of the hand writing in the picture frame on the wall, but the Gentleman who had put this museum together had framed writing that was on the wall when he purchased the building.  I have to fill in the date and names because I can’t remember them, but essentially it said, “On this day, March 19th 1952, let it be known that Susie Smith broke my heart and left me.”  I bet that guy still thinks about Susie to this day.  I’d bet.

Dinner at Soppers is always awesome and goes without saying.  But I wanted to say it anyway:  Dinner at Soppers was awesome!  Then back to the Ice Cream stand for Sundaes from convertible cars…  could this possibly get any better?

The dark blue ’57 in the low light just before the sun went down was the one that sealed Sophie’s vote for ‘Family Car Project’…  Ezra is still a little undecided, but I think we’re going to be able to agree.  Gotta get some lottery tickets first!

Also noteworthy is that I read somewhere that old full size vans are starting to make a comeback in the Hot Rod scene.  Maybe we’ll stumble into that (re)fad by dumb  luck if we keep the current Family Truckster clean and sharp long enough for it to become old enough to be cool!  And, a 1,000hp turbo diesel mill wouldn’t hurt it either.  Like running a 10 second ¼ mile in your living room!!!

The Bluesmobile was also there, and can you believe it had a Cop Engine and Cop Tires?  Because it did!

Sophie dozed off on the way home, but she started to stir when we pulled in the drive.  Then she pretended to stay asleep so I would carry her to the couch.  I pretended that I didn’t know she was pretending to be asleep, so I could carry her to the couch.  Everybody wins that…

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Home

Shopping Pilot Mountain 03-July-2010

Shopping Pilot Mountain  03-July-2010
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Shopping Pilot Mountain  03-July-2010

The car is still down so we shined up the old van yesterday and did the ‘shopping portion’ of the Pilot Mountain Cruise-In this time.  And dinner at Soppers of course, goes without saying.  Sophie picked the dessert, strawberry cream cheese cake.  Thingie.  Mmmmm.

Cars cars cars.   Love the cars!  All of them.  I love all the classics of course like everyone does, but the really one-offs and unique stuff is what gets my attention.  And many of them are actually driven, I totally dig a hot rod with massive *bald* rear tires!

We only made it to the Antique Mall on Main Street, and of course we always visit the Pilot Mountain Country Store, where Sophie finally had enough chore money to buy that beautiful wedding dress doll that sits on an umbrella, so her dress ‘poofs out’ or folds up…  with all the dolls we looked at she had a difficult time choosing!

In year 2 now of going to this cruise, we’re still only tickling half of what there is to see and do.  I tend to get caught up in the cars, of course, but we have yet to spend an evening just sitting to listen to the band.  We still have about ¾ of the shops on Main Street to visit as well!

All in good time.

Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Shoppers