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The first Noble Truth. So…..there must be more Noble Truths coming? 🙂
Re suffering, highly encourage fellow Mad Dog’ers/LUG Nutters so inclined to read Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”. He survived the Holocaust (the rest of his family didn’t) and, as a psychologist, wrote about why some survived and some didn’t. Later he developed a psych field known as logotherapy (coming from the Greek word “logo” for “meaning”).
A favorite Frankl quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Thanks, Debby. It’s a grab from a video to tease my review of the Specialized Sequoia. The Duke City definitely has its perks, primary among them the easy trail access. During the weekdays I practically have ’em to myself.
Not so today, though. Man, everybody and his granny was out there today. Took me 90 minutes to shoot about as many seconds of serviceable video. More suffering!
Thanks, Pat. The Trek was a trip down memory lane, as is the Specialized.
Dave Wilson, who like Mike Deme returned to the source too early, was Specialized’s regional sales manager when we lived in Santa Fe and was most generous with discounts on frames, complete bikes, and bits of this, that and the other.
I rode a few Treks in the good old days, but I rode a ton of Specializeds — Stumpjumper, M2 road and mountain bikes, Sirrus, Allez Epic, and now the Sequoia.
Mom and Dad used to pay cash for their cars. I always thought that was weird until I realized it wasn’t. We’re not quite there, financially, but we buy used rather than new, when we buy at all. Herself is rocking a 2011 Honda CR-V while Your Humble Narrator herds the paid-off ’05 Subaru Forester.
Our 1990 Toyota 4Runner is still going strong. Bought it used in 1991. It’s shepherded two kids thru high school/college; survived 16 moves in the Air Force; hauled all sorts of loads /trailers/bikes; and, oddly enough, we got an unsolicited offer on it while at the local COSTCO gas station yesterday.
Too many memories to even consider getting rid of it. Oh yeah, it’s called “Bert” in honor of Bert and Ernie (Sesame Street) which our kids enjoyed “back in the day”.
Same here JD – our 1993 Mitsubishi EXPO LRV, bought new for a whopping $12K attracts offers time after time. Should be on the blocks in a year or two when (I hope) we escape to Italy. When we need a car there, we’ll rent one.
I always liked the look of the older 4Runner and have no idea why I never owned one. The new ones, like the Tacomas, are butt-ugly land yachts. I miss my old ’83 SR5 longbed, is what. Now that was a truck.
That’s a good-lookin’ ride, too, Pat. You always know which one is yours in the parking lot, amirite? Try finding a silver Forester outside a Colorado Whole Paycheck sometime. Hay Zeus. You gotta hit the clicker until the sonofabitch beeps and even then you might be wrong.
I guess our penchant for bright colors on the bike has carried over into our vehicles. You are right that they are easy to find in the parking lot. You are also right about the evolution of Tacoma trucks from compact beauties into mid-size land yachts. After squeezing a gallon of gas for every possible mile in the Yaris, and now the Corolla, I feel like I am adding one cut of a thousand to our mother ship every time I drive the new Tacoma.
I keep thinking I’d like to get a new-used rig, but some casual online shopping reminds me that I don’t see anything out there I like as my old Forester.
The little beastie offers good visibility with only a couple small blind spots; it’s easy to drive and park; lacks all newfangled electronicalistical comosellamas; gets acceptable gas mileage; and has decent cargo capacity.
I got a 2003 MiNI COOPER S with 132.000.000 miles on it. and I got if for almost nothing. It was A dinghy towed behind a Winnebago. “Grandma” and “Granddad” would drive all around the country and whenever they stopped they would unhook the MiNi and cruise the local town.
I saw it on Craigslist and went over to a small used-car dealership that was the next town over from my old bike shop, run by a couple of retired car mechanics that just ran this little shop so they could keep away from their wives and found out that it was just down the street from King City a big retirement home.
it does have some problems and I had some money getting it fixed, but I’m still ahead by about $6000. This is the first car I’ve owned that right off the lot that was fun to drive and did not need any modification to feel “quick” its supercharged with the six speed manual and it’s a really light.
Those suckers are cute, Mike. I knew a former shop guy who bought one of the early models and loved it. I thought sure he’d be cramped in there, being as he was a long drank of water, but nope. He had a high old time with that little roller skate.
Only two people can fit in a Mini Cooper. It’s got rear seats , But unless your four years old there’s no way anyone can fit there. And without a decent rack you can only fit one bicycle in it at a time.
My Mini is a Clubman, which has the extra little door on the right side. I tried the back seat once. Pretty easy to enter plus about the same room back there as the average giant Jeep vehicle. The seats have remained folded down ever since though – the bike fits back there with only front wheel removed.
A friend drives a tiny Fiat and can fit a road bike in the back although he usually uses a hitch rack. (Insert clown trailer jokes here.)
IMHO anything as expensive as a car should bloody well be fun, a test the Mini aces. Plus, there’s no better anti-theft device than a manual transmission. Just ask Larry’s wife.