Monday, January 19, 2009

Blue Monday: Vroom!

In the 265 years we've been married (OK, that's just a slight exaggeration), M. and I have always owned cars that were either blue or silver. We're nothing if not consistent. Or maybe just unimaginative. We started out with his high school dream machine – a frost blue metallic '57 Ford Fairlane. Yes, it was a hotrod and he had "built" it himself. Custom interior. Baby moons. Dual quads. Three miles to the gallon, but a beauty.

Our second car – the one we bought while we were still in college and finally broke down and admitted that the Ford was just too undependable to get us to work and class on time – was a model of practicality: a dark blue MG Midget. It was a lot of fun to drive in fine weather – when it rained, you got wet, even with the top up. If you were foolish enough to take it on the highway (which we did, on a regular basis), you either drove with the top down and allowed the wind to batter you to a whimpering pulp; or you put the top up and had to hold it down manually to keep the wind from blowing it away. Ah, those were the days!

Lately, I've been looking at a lot of our old photos and slides, and was surprised to find that I have quite a few black and white shots of the Ford, but not a single one in color. And not many of the MG. Which is odd, since I've always been a fiend about documenting our lives in photos. Anyway, this is an image from the early days, when the tiny monster was still in relatively new condition. Taken somewhere in the Texas Hill Country, near Austin, one summer day about a million years ago.

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  1. Now, that is a great car, Joy! Love it! I always wanted an MG.

    Mr. Magpie once had a 1957 190-SL that looked like a James Bond car... it was a dark grey convertible. He called me long distance (I was visiting my mother) and said he had found his dream car (this was back in the 1980's), and we bought it! He was in Heaven. :-)

    Loved your post...

    Happy Blue Monday!


    Sheila :-)

  2. Terrific display of blue! Love the vintage hubby has a '72 Cuda that is a wonderful shade of blue...once the cover can come off...might have to post it on a Blue Monday!
    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Hi Joy... When I was about 16, my older brother came home with his new MG.. He let me drive it---and I felt like I was the queen of the world. SO much fun!!!!!

    Great Blue Monday to you!!

  4. Both cars sound neat. I like the picture of the MG and hope you'll share the Ford at some future date (but please don't wait 265 years!)

  5. What great memories! Funny how the problems we have often bring the most fondly looked-back-on memories. Great picture!

  6. I appreciate people with blue cars. They are proven to be safer and obey the rules of the road. Of course, with THAT car, I would want to kick it up a bit!

  7. That's a spiffy blue sports car you had then, Joy.

    My modum was sick and my local internet company finally fixed it. Mr. Linky is up now; please come link in. Happy Blue Monday.

  8. Hi!
    Love your car!! We had a red MG once. Loved that car but it wasn't practical for a growing family. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!


  9. As I said on M's F/B page, I have a photo of Brando standing next to the Midget -- I should post it! I think your mom used to tell B that it was just his size!


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