It’s hard to believe that exactly 12 months ago I had some quality intercourse next to the open fire in our lounge, and now there’s a 14 week baby daughter staring at me as a constant reminder. She is the best Christmas gift ever, and it looks like she will see her first 25th December with snow on the ground. It doesn’t get better than that. I hope snow doesn’t become a distant memory by the time she grows up and global warming has made Britain the same temp as North California. If that’s the case I’m going to Scandinavia. Sweden or Norway are the only countries outside the UK I fancy living. Cold winters, hot summers, plenty of chilled out people who love American cars and vintage VWs. The ridiculous booze would make you go homebrew, but that’s no bad thing.
Aaaanyway, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and fruitful 2010. Personally, I want 2010 to be a frugal year. A year where people realise that buying new stuff isn’t always the solution – that chucking items into landfill isn’t solving any problems. I kinda hope that in the recession people will start to rekindle some of that wartime ‘mend and make do’ mentality. There’s a lot of it already about, like encouraging people to make Christmas cards (they only get hung on a fireplace for 5 days then thrown into the flames…). It would be great to see the younger generations learning to re-use and recycle more. Bloody hell, this is sounding like a working class Queen’s speech…..
With snow on the ground, now is the time to test your driving skills. Head forth and experiment with handbrakes (fwd) or the Scandinavian flick (rear drive). I can report that the Scando flick is more impressive than the Lincolnshire slide.
The pics could inspire you – especially the one taken by a chap called Phil Ethier. I just borrowed it as it’s a cool shot. Note the difference between front-drive and rear-drive cars is amplified when you’re jostling on ice. 911 getting quality oversteer, while the Saab is having a still-winding-the-wheel-but-still-going-straight-on situation.
Enjoy Christmas and the new year guys, and thanks for logging on to this blog. Keep the eyes peeled out for more www.carpervert.com progress in January. I might finally lower the Volvo 340 as well. 2010 is just around the corner. Crikey, every time I say 2010 it sounds like something from a Thunderbirds episode.
I wonder what my 80-odd year old Grandmas think about it? They were born in a time when cars were only for the wealthy few. They have survived a bitter long World War, the boom of the 50s, the drugs and madness of the ’70s, and now one of them has a 2gb digital photo frame slide show and the other regularly drives her Clio and texts me stuff like ‘LUV U’. Old people rock.
We’re all getting older, and you know what that means. Cheaper car insurance.