Thursday, October 18, 2012
— My Alphabe-Thursday, Velocipede and Vehicles — "V" — Things in a Row — Two Questions —
This Vehicle is a nice Chevy truck that Karen (a neighbor) takes us to the airport in. It is holiday decorated for Halloween. Lots of ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and cobwebs inside too. We left Tuesday for London, U.K.
In this picture you cannot see the velocipede as it is under some of my garage 'stuff.' I think it is next to the two old green Raleigh bicycles (also velocipedes) but I couldn't see it and I don't think you can either.
The major vehicle in this picture is my black 1950 Ford Tudor Deluxe Custom. This car has 102 K miles on it but back with the 50's models anything over 100 thousand is gravy.
Dad always retired his cars when they hit 100 K. Then when Lois (my sister [link]) or I needed a car Dad would give us his old one. I was first with his 1951 Ford Deluxe Tudor.
This was during my Army days and I had worn out my 1950 Jimmy Dean Mercury Tudor. That old Mercury had served me well. One time in the middle of the night coming through New Mexico back home to El Paso the generator bracket broke.
This was a time when our twins, then babies, Mike and Mitch, were with us (of course). We would coast down hills and drive up using the engine power. We were taking U.S. Highway 54 and some of those hills were little mountains. Since the water pumps and the cooling fan were inoperative I knew that we could not make it back to El Paso.
I have looked and looked on the maps and can not figure out for sure which town we stopped at. The train station master (??) let us come inside by his fire to keep warm that night. The next morning was Saturday and the repair facility was closed. Even if he was open there would not have been a new bracket in town for us. But a kindly welder welded the bracket back together again for us with no charge.
People are generally nice to soldiers, because they are terribly underpaid and most all of the enlisted men are very poor. We were so poor that on a Private First Class pay having two kids we PAID NO INCOME TAX. Governor Romney would have written us off as not voting for him for sure, being one of the '47 per centers'.
At any rate my '50 Ford will be a fine ride for our Montgomery Country Early Ford V8 Club rides when, if ever, I get it back on the road. Mostly now it needs tires but also a few other fixes would make it better.
The velocipede? It is a nice pretty one, all pink with white seats, handlebars, and wheels. It was our Karen's when she was small.
Well, we will dig it out for KP (her latest pictures) to ride. She might be big enough to ride it this December when she comes from London for her Christmas visit to Mimi and Papa. BTW, do you think my garage is messy?
Oh yes, a velocipede here, on this post, is another name for a tricycle. Actually according to Wikipedia the word velocipede means any human powered vehicle with one or more wheels.
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Now for my Thursday Two Questions.
I really enjoyed your responses to my Umbrellas and Fruit Trees post last week. Thank you for coming by.
1. How does your vehicle or velocipede life go? Are there any stories you'd like to tell about your vehicle or velocipede experiences?
2. What can you tell us about being messy? In yourself or other family members?
My favorite 'v' word? Victory.
Have a terrific day. :)
I had to read all the way down to the bottom of your post to find out what the heck the word "velocipede" means! I'll try to impress someone today by using it in a sentence. That is, if I can REMEMBER it!
My husband impresses people with his velocipede - his recumbent bicycle.
And finally, I don't feel so bad when I see my garage - although at least you can park your car in it! Our car won't see the inside of the garage for at least a year!
2. I have kids so we are messy. I would rather neat and tidy and wowlike, but I do have children :)
3. V is for Voice...those that gives me goosies when they sing!
Happy Thursday Jim.
"Victorious" is my favourite "V" word.
Have a safe and blessed trip to London, Dr & Mrs Jim :)
2) Messy? I live with 1 kid, so there are messes everywhere. I pick up, and 5 minutes later there is a new mess..I don't like it, but I just have to learn to shut my eyes
Sorry to hear about Adi. She was loved and that's all that it comes down to. Good dog for sure.
I keep my house super-clean but it is cluttery.
We moved from a house that was almost 1,600 square feet larger (which is, in itself, a house!) and I'm still struggling with organizion.
I am wishing for a three car garage, though.
I miss ours as it has studio space in it for me to paint and make a general mess!
This was a very fun link for the letter "V".
Thank you for sharing it.