Category Archives: Automobilia

NYC really wants to be French

Well, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I get a mite squirrelly up here in the miasma of the great Northeast Urbanity. With the lack of family and partner and kids and all that, it gets downright depressing … Continue reading

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My theory on air turbulence over Manhattan

Just a few days after I returned from a month-long deep breath in southern India’s monsoon, I gave in to wanderlust again. I booked a plane ride to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, so I could visit my old spiritual stomping grounds, … Continue reading

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I am a godless drifter sailing on the winds of a desperate sea.

This morning brought me memories of my first car, a 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Spider. I had to start writing immediately, because that car…well, I’ll simply say that without that car, I’d have been utterly miserable.

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Speed, Control, and Happiness

  Even after I started to work in my father’s real estate business, he and I meshed well only on our fondness for automobiles; outside of that, our gears frequently clashed. This was so, I think, because he had two … Continue reading

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Mercury Blues

A couple of friends of mine just split up.  I’ve been his rock and driver for a month, since his wife got the car.  My car is now at eight years and 130K miles, and new wheels cost a bundle.  … Continue reading

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What else happened the day typhoon Wanda struck Hong Kong?

On Saturday, September 1, 1962, the day Typhoon Wanda struck the city of Hong Kong, I was struck by a sparkling new plum-colored 1963 Lincoln Continental sedan. Utterly unaware of the disaster on the other side of the planet, I’d … Continue reading

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The author of several works, the French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery  wrote brilliantly and imaginatively. He disappeared while flying over the Mediterranean after he’d written “The Little Prince”. Because I can’t hope to match his eloquence and power, I quote … Continue reading

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