Thursday, October 18, 2012

— My Alphabe-Thursday, Velocipede and Vehicles — "V" — Things in a Row — Two Questions —

"V" is for Velocipede and for Vehicle
in respect for Alphebe- Thursday

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.

My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):

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?
Bonus Question: What is your favorite "V" word?
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I posted the above for Alphabe-Thursday 'V' assignments with Miss Jenny at the head of the class. You can find her by clicking right here.
My post is also for Pat's Thursday Things in a Row.  The stuff in the garage, some of it, is placed in neat little rows.  Also Karen's truck decorations are in a free handed row.
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My Thursday Two Questions post is for Amanda.

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Stopping by from Alphabe-Thursday. Great post.
Great V Post!!! My vehicle right now is a Jeep and it's a love affair. I'll keep my messiness to myself. :)
I know Highway 54 well! When we lived in Alamogordo we took lots of trips to El Paso. Was it Oro Grande you stopped in? That was the only town we drove through on our trips - If you want to call it a town! Not much more than a gas station now.
My first thought when I saw the pic of your garage was, "hey, someone took a pic of my messy garage!"

We had an old tricycle that my kids used for years. It was pink, but the boys used it, too.

There's no difference between Romney or Obama. As soon as all of us realize that we'll no longer have a democrat or republican party. Just my two cents.

My favorite 'v' word? Victory.

Have a terrific day. :)
Loved learning about velocipedes...that's a new word for me♫ Have a gr8 day♥
I like Karen's truck with all the decorations on it, but that big spider on her roof has just got to go! Yikes!

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!
Now, I want some Halloween decorations for my truck!
I don't think I've ever seen anyone with Halloween stickers on their cars! Guess I don't get out much. Glad the welder was kind enough to weld your bracket back together with no cost. Thank you for serving your country. You might know where I live: Lawton, next to Fort Sill. A very popular military base in southwestern Oklahoma. {:-Deb
Velocipede sounds more like an insect than a bicycle. I don't have a bike anymore. I used to enjoy riding for hours and for a few years, I left my car at home and used my bike for the seven mile commute to work. A lot more fun than sitting in traffic and it didn't lengthen my commute time by much. Enjoyed this post and the teenager hidden within me, just loved that red truck!
1 I have an old car. Very nice red pontiac which has about 400000 miles on it. It's old, but it's still going. We do have a back up vehicle, but we use the old car most. Still looks nice on the outside and all that, but.

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.
"Velocipede" is the new word which I learnt from your blog today, Dr Jim :) My child's first velocipede had been given to Salvation Army.

"Victorious" is my favourite "V" word.

Have a safe and blessed trip to London, Dr & Mrs Jim :)
My thought is on that red truck with all those decorations on it and it taken you and Mrs. Jim t the airport.
I never had one of those velocipedes, but they are a lot of fun. Especially very popular in Vietnam right now. The only funny story- which I am sure you've heard is that in VN, they stack the whole family on a moped, or a motor bike - PLUS their luggage or whatever it is that they carried.
2) I don't think you want to get into this subject with me today. lol. My SO though perfect in every way...I would say is messy to the point of ignorance. He can be clean when he needs to be. It's really feast to famine with him. But when he puts his dirty clothes in the laundry, it would always missed the laundry basket! Why is that? When I say something he is not happy about it.
1) Our cars have no story, and hopefully will last us for a long time to come.

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
Wishing you a grand time in London, Jim and Mrs Jim! The Velocipedes can have some time of their own while you are away!

All of our vehicles have over 100K on them. But I'm still voting for anyone but the pres.
Sorry to hear about Adi. She was loved and that's all that it comes down to. Good dog for sure.
I'm intriqued with the all treasures I see peeking out in your garage.

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.


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