His Car, Don't Need to Know Everything
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His Car: Don’t Need to Know Everything

One day, when my husband was driving his car, a guy with a girl beside him, in a convertible, passed us. Harry told me, “You know when I was a teenager, I always wanted to pick up a babe in a convertible.” Since I preferred cars with a top, I retorted, “You have your babe,…

Driver Improvement Program, Mature Operator
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Driver Improvement Program: A Mature Operator

My husband and I just got home from a Driver Improvement Program for the mature operator.  We both received a certificate of Course Completion.  My problem wasn’t the certificate, but what exactly did they mean by the mature operator.  The dictionary says: “…having attained a final or deserved state, refined, polished, to become fully developed…

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Florida Drivers Drive Till They Drop

In Florida, geezers rule. If a politician wants to stop us from driving, we just shoot him. It’s the law. A few weeks back, a local 93-year-old driver struck a pedestrian, severing his leg, and killing him instantly. The driver never slowed. Three miles later he reached our Sunshine Skyway Bridge where a toll taker…


Last Oldsmobile: Oldest Auto Brand Dies

Many of us lost a dear friend yesterday (April 29, 2004) as the final Oldsmobile rolled off the Lansing assembly line. The oldest automotive brand name in US history died at age 106. My grandfather owned our family’s first Olds, a 1941 two-door, two-tone with Hydra-Matic transmission. Grandpa had lost the use of his left…


My Father’s Brief Affair: 1949 Oldsmobile, 1959 Cadillac

When someone complains about how “things ain’t like they used to be,” the “used to be” is often the 1950s. Drawing from narrow, selective memories, we 60- and 70-somethings remember fondly the sweet innocence of that era. The idyllic domesticity of Father Knows Best. The unsullied humor of I Love Lucy. The temperance of kids,…


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