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BMW Family   3 comments

In December of 1983, I purchased our first BMW, a 318i coupe, which we had for twenty-five years.

BMW's2006-12-16-05 blogBMW 328i and 318i 

In December 2005 we bought our 328i coupe, which we still have in our garage.

BMW Cars-3439 blogBMW Family, 328i and X1 — Image by kenne

This past Friday Joy replaced her 2004 Infiniti FX35 and with a 2018 BMW X1. This makes the fourth BMW in our family since 1983. (We had a 1995 M3 for four years in the mid-1990’s.)

The purchase price for the X1 included a “loyalty” discount, which by buying the new SUV through Costco combined to make for a real deal on the X1. As a result, the price for the X1 was about the same as what we paid for the FX35 in 2003 — not bad! 

We will miss our Infiniti FX35, which had over 180,000 hard-working, loving miles.

— kenne

 

 

What Is It About Guys And Cars? Automolove, That’s What!   9 comments

BMW2006-12-14-03 I art blog framed2007 BMW — Image by kenne

AUTOMOLOVE

A few weeks ago,
while hiking on Mt. Lemmon,
someone backed into my car
just as I was returning
to the ski-lift parking lot.
I didn’t see it happen,
but most of my hiking friends did
and began shouting:
“Someone just backed into your car!”
“What? Not my car,” I thought.

While trying to keep my composure,
I sought to exchanged information.
The damage was not that obvious,
so she was ready to leave — no way!
Four weeks later, after back and forth
with her insurance company,
they agreed to doing the repair,
right, all $1,600 worth.
My car is now home,
in the garage, 
looking like new.

This was only my third experience
with having body shop work:
once in the sixties on my 1963 VW,
then in the nineties on my 1984 BMW,
now in the twenty-teens.
Each minor, but each traumatic —
I don’t take easy to being
outside my level of perfection.
Believe me, it wasn’t easy
also being a dirt-bike owner!

What is it about guys and cars?
At least some guys and cars.
I’m one of those “car guys” –
one of the best feelings
I know is having a clean car,
not from a car wash –
You have to do it yourself.
It’s an expression of caring
that strengthens the bond —
like petting your cat, it purrs.

For me, the attraction started
when I first rode in Granddad’s Chevy.
It was the smell, the dashboard, and the look.
It was so clean, inside and out –
he was an original
“inny and outy” guy.

He didn’t have a garage on the farm,

but when they moved to town,
he converted the old smoke house
Into a dirt-floor garage.

What I remember most was
the understated body language
from Granddad toward his car.
If you know the look,
then you know what I mean.
It was a pride, some call it “car pride” —
a symbol of what has been nurtured
In our hopes and aspirations,
which we express with gentle gratitude
as we travel the highways of life.

My car is a means of transportation
as was the horse in its day.
The words of Shakespeare still apply
to best express the bond
between me and my car:
“When I bestride him,
I soar, I am a hawk.
He trots the air,
The earth sings
when he touches it.”

kenne

Note: I had another 3-series BMW coupé for 24 years before getting current BMW. There were more people in The Woodlands, Texas that knew my old clean BMW than knew me! As I noted in a recent posting, it was not easy parting.

“I’m In Love With My Car”

The machine of a dream, such a clean machine,
With the pistons a pumpin’, and the hubcaps all gleam.
When I’m holding your wheel,
All I hear is your gear,
When my hand’s on your grease gun,
Oh it’s like a disease son,
I’m in love with my car, gotta feel for my automobile,
Get a grip on my boy racer rollbar,
Such a thrill when your radials squeal.

Told my girl I just had to forget her,
Rather buy me a new carburetor,
So she made tracks sayin’ this is the end now,
Cars don’t talk back they’re just four-wheeled friends now,

When I’m holding your wheel,
All I hear is your gear,
When I’m cruisin’ in overdrive,
Don’t have to listen to no run of the mill talk jive,

I’m in love with my car, gotta feel for my automobile,
I’m in love with my car, string back gloves in my automolove!

— Queen

 

An Expression of Joy!   Leave a comment

An expression of joy can mean a lot of things — as many as there are people.  For me, three things come to mind quickly:

Joy-Joy

Art-Joy

BMW-Joy

Artist Robin Rhode was given a BMW Z4 to use as a 300-horsepower paintbrush on a 100×200-foot canvas. The event was videoed by director Jake Scott. The only thing missing from the video is “Joy-Joy.”

kenne

Posted March 26, 2009 by kenneturner in Art, Life

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