Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Sister-in-law's Husband is Going to Kill Me

     My sister-in-law's husband is actually a pretty nice guy. He's friendly, quiet, well mannered and talkative. He's careful... to the point of frugality. But who wouldn't be frugal if you'd gone through the depression with immigrant parents who came to this country just before the depression set in.

    But Josh has a side that shows up whenever I go to visit him that gets me into serious trouble. Josh may be frugal but he likes cars. Not that he buys lots of cars. He bought a Dodge Charger in 1968 and kept it. Even though he's frugal, he bought the Charger which was a very pricey car at the time. I didn't say he was poor and didn't have money. Josh just looks after his money very well. Now he's had other cars since the Charger.

    Whenever I would visit him, there would come a time when he would quietly say, "Let's go for a ride in the Charger." So he'd bring the Charger out of storage and we would go for a ride.
    
    Now Josh would always like to test the old Charger to see if it still had it's zip. He would find a straight piece of road where there was little traffic and  probably no radar and then he would put the pedal to the metal. He always wanted to see if the Charger could still do 100 mph. The road would have farm entrances and there would be cross roads. It may have been a straight piece of road but it wasn't safe at all. As Josh would get close to 100 he would watch the speedometer instead of the road. He would have to get his bifocals lined up to see the speedometer. As Josh would do this the Charger would ease over the center line. At this time I was sure  that I would be killed .
    
    So after driving for about half an hour we would come back home and Josh would carefully put the car away.

    The next time I would visit Josh, he would say again , "Let's go for a ride in the Charger." Same thing. I never learned to say no. So I guess I'm partly to blame for my dangerous ride.

26 comments:

  1. oh, that sounds like fun! (sorry! but i was going 90 today on the freeway, so i don't have much criticism in me...)

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    1. Free ways were built for speed.

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    1. I think you have to be a sucker!

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  3. Yikes! There aren't many roads around here where I'd try that. I think I have a fear of fast cars....

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    1. The fast doesn't bother me. It's all the risk involved on that kind of road.

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  4. ha,ha Oh Red, to be zooming right along Eh, in that charger. Your teeth were probably chattering and your little boy soul was having a grand time - Thank you Red for your kind words regarding my brother these past weeks. I so appreciated your thoughtfulness. Have a wonderful day - I'd like to zip along in that charger :)

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    1. Zipping along is fine but it would be better in a place like the Great Salt Plains where there's no one else around.

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  5. p.s. I was going 90 on our highway last night on the bike - OOOOPS!

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    1. Now you tell me you have a Harley!!! What's going on?

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  6. Well I have to say it is nice to know he is consistent:) Scary but fun, I find the older I get the slower I like it:) He won't kill you he will be flattered. B

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    1. I think I've slowed down a bit but a still do over the speed limit. You have to here or you'll get run over.

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  7. That is too scary for me. I'm more the conservative type when it comes to speed and driving the country back roads.

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  8. Yikes! You managed to raise my blood pressure just by giving me a vicarious thrill of fear! Oh, that doesn't sound very safe, Red. But then again, you are still here after all these years and still doing it. :-)

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    1. The Charger has been sold. Josh has aged, So I'm safe from those rides now.

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  9. Yes, you are much braver than I am! We drive at 65 mph for the most part. Saves on gas mileage. I used to drive fast in my younger years, however.

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    1. It wasn't bravery! I think more stupidity.

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  10. I would love to ride with him, suppose he would let me drive! That would be fun! I am always speeding...one of these days I will get a ticket:)

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    1. Well the Charger has been sold and Josh has aged. I didn't get the drive the Charger but I never asked.

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  11. In the words of Nancy Reagan: Just say no!

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    1. That's right , just say no but I never thought he would do this stuff again and again. Excuse, I know.

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  12. Oooh, what fun! And that Charger is the same age as my hubby!

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    1. I don't mind speed in safe conditions.

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  13. You are so sweet1 What a fun rural ride!

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  14. Were you never tempted to say "Sure but I'm driving this time."? You might have taken it up to 110. ;)

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