Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Auto show Jan 2017
My friend Dave and I both like cars and every year we take in the auto show. Well we did it on Monday and for the most part we were underwhelmed. I don't expect to be overwhelmed but I wasn't even whelmed. Sure there were some beautiful cars. The Ferrari's, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Corvettes. Then there were the Mercedes and BMW'S. Great cars to be sure, but for the most part you see them on the streets here and there. Everything else was pretty common, Toyotas, Chevy's, Fords, Hondas etc. The following video, a quickie, has a few pictures then a bit of video of the drive home. At least you'll get to see one of the tunnels from "the big dig". A 15 or so billion dollar project that lasted 15-18 years. We have the rest of America to thank as this was done with federal money. The city needed it and I guess the state had pull in Washington in those days with Tip O'Neil and Ted Kennedy. Still I have to say the traffic jams are much more organized these days. We got new tunnels and the bridge is beautiful especially when it's lit up with different colors or at sun up or sundown. This quick video is no academy award winner but at least it's quick. The highlight is probably the bits of us driving home and that's nothing to write home about.
When I was young my dad would take me, every Fall, to some of the local car dealerships to check out the new models. I suppose he did it for his own amusement, but he would engage one of the salesmen in conversation, giving the impression that he was interested in purchasing a new car. Of course he wasn't. Then there was the time, early September 1963, when he was indeed looking for a new car. The 1964's were already in the dealerships but not in the showroom. They hadn't been introduced to the public yet but we got to go out back and check them out. I thought this was so cool. Well long story not so long, he bought one but wasn't allowed to take it home until it's public introduction.
The school year usually began on a Thursday. I went Thursday and Friday. Got sick over the weekend, was told I had a bad flu. Two days later I was in surgery with a ruptured appendix. I was in the hospital for 6 weeks. I didn't go back to school again until some time in January. I Remember when my father finally picked up the car, two nurses helped me out of bed and walked me to the window. It was dark and raining but I could see it all sparkly and new. I've been interested in cars ever since.
So the show was a bit dull and our lunch was a bit dull as well. We went to a Mexican restaurant. I don't mind Mexican food but to me a lot of it tastes the same. Maybe it's just that your not going to get great Mexican food in Boston.
Well I'm outta gas and I'm outta here.