Hmm… Car talk?

Natty...

Honestly, a term I don’t recall hearing, before today. A quick google search shows that it means “Well designed” or “Clever”

Cleverness being the thing I am lacking, for this blog post…

Yep.. drawing a blank…

Ya know what was well designed, though? The 4.0 Liter V6 engine, in the pre-2006 Jeeps. I’ve been a fan of Jeeps (specifically Cherokees {Like.. the boxy ones, not Grand Cherokees}) For quite a few years now. I’ve owned 3 of them, and had nothing but fun with them!

Aside from crappy alternators and water pumps, they were the most reliable engine I’ve ever been around.

In fact, back in the 2011(ish.. guessing here) Stimulus package, when President Obama did the national cash-for-clunkers thing (that destroyed the used car market, IMO), I had a friend who worked at a garage. For fun, they would set a stop watch when they had to destroy the traded-in vehicles.

Let me back up a second.. they would have to put a highly corrosive material into the engine, and start it. Then the vehicle would run until the engine seized.

Anyways, the engine that consistently managed to last the longest in this test, was the 4.0 liter straight 6 engine, found in Jeeps. Just goes to show that under the harshest conditions imaginable, they would function.

I used to offroad a lot, with my Jeeps. My thinking was, if they could handle the vast PA wilderness, they were fit to be a good daily driver!
Mud, snow, sides of mountains.. Nothing stopped us from having a good time with our Jeeps… Man, I miss it. It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been out in the woods, navigating the harshest roads imaginable, with my trusty Jeep.

I traded all of that fun in for a Mazda, and while I love my car, it can barely go over speed-bumps without scraping the undercarriage…

“Someday” I keep telling myself….

I miss working on them too… There was something about the bond between man and machine. If I screwed it up, I got to bring it home and fix it! It sounds frustrating, but there’s a great sense of achievement, to going through a rough patch, with your favorite automobile, and then having to make things better.

I tend to get really attached to the cars I like… My wife doesn’t get it. Even most of my guy friends don’t get it.  I still have dreams of driving my ’87 Daytona Shelby Z, it was the most fun I’d ever had in a car, and I think, somewhere in the depths of my mind, I long for the freedom of the road or the open trail. I long to explore the world around me, with a machine I made capable of doing so.

This may sound like some weird, testosterone fueled desire.. but it’s the truth… And I can’t water it down to something that isn’t that haha!

What about you? Have you ever been offroad? Do you ‘get it’? The feeling of freedom one gets from driving fast, or exploring the woods?

Thanks readers, I guess this wasn’t too bad of a post after all.

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Precipice (daily blog thinger)

So, I went to the daily blog suggestion page thing.. and the word Precipice is staring me in the face.

There’s a place in my beautiful state of Pennsylvania that some, from my generation, call ‘Band Rock.’  It’s a beautiful cliff-side overlook of Ralston PA, and the surrounding western Ralston region.

I’ve spent many hours on that cliff side, in many different parts of my life, for many different reasons…

Back in the day, this beautiful overlook was a cool place to hang out (outdoors?! who would have thought!). They would sit up there and talk, or hike around the area, even camping… but the most interesting thing that would take place up there would be the times when people would set up and have concerts up there… That’s where Band Rock got it’s name from. Regardless of style, or genre people would just go up to hang out and listen to music. It truly was a magical place!  Unfortunately, things like that grow in popularity and eventually draw a crowd to ruin it. As the littering got worse, and the destruction of the areas natural beauty, the laws became more strict. Now, all that’s left are the stories, and the memory of how this fascinating little nook of the world used to be a happening place!

Here’s a picture of my old Jeep (which I miss dearly) sitting on band rock. 397901_10150636087850792_1821292281_n

Hmm, I’m glad I looked into the writing prompts today… Thanks for listening to me ramble, as I enjoyed the memories of this perfect precipice.
Thanks for reading!

Precipice