Hooniverse Asks- What Would Your Car's Theme Song Be?

Usually when we get into our cars the radio is on, already set to a favorite music station, or one streaming out the constant drone of news and traffic. That kind of background noise pervades our relationships with our daily drivers, but when thinking about that ride, what song plays in your head?

Do you rock a Metallica Mustang? How about a big band Buick? Maybe you slide across the hood of your Caprice Classic every morning to the throbbing beat of the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage.

Maybe it’s not a particular song, maybe  it’s a beat or mood set by the music from a particular movie you might have seen. Do you roll with the chichie-chichie-wow-wow of a porno soundtrack in the background of your mind? Or maybe it’s just the theme from Top Gear going on in there while you say to yourself today we’re driving to the most boring job. . . in the world.

So what theme song does your car engender? Does it do so due to the maker’s use of that particular ditty in their ads, or is it something else that has bubbled to the top of your fervid imagination whilst driving it? And if it’s something by Justin Bieber, that’s okay too.

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  1. That's a tough question. My current GTO is kind of a hard one to nail down. It's part "Steve McQueen" by the Drive By Truckers bragging about what it can and has done and part "Sympathy for the Devil" lamenting what has been. Hrm, that looks weird written down, but that's just how it is.

  2. "Long May You Run" by Neil Young. "With your chrome heart shining, in the sun, long may you run."

  3. I've always liked the Beach Boys. They're a little wussy next to the Who or the Rolling Stones, but they're fun. And hey, even Paul McCartney liked "Pet Sounds." Before Brian Wilson went a little nuts, though, they did a lot of cheesy, forgettable songs about cars. When I went for my first long shakedown run in my Sunbeam, I grabbed a dusty cassette tape to play in the wretched '80s Kraco tape deck. I'm sure I had heard (and forgotten) the song before, but as the little Alpine rolled along it gained special meaning for me.
    "This car of mine,
    Oh when I bought 'er now she wasn't new,
    old and broke-down
    This car of mine,
    there's been a lot of races we've been through,
    no slow-poke now,
    I never wanna part with her you see,
    This little car means a heck of a lot to me."

  4. Wrangler = Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies cover of "Country Roads"
    Country Sedan = Reverend Horton Heat's "Galaxie 500"
    WRXagon = Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine"
    64 Falcon = dunno yet…still working on it
    Uberbird = The Exhaust Fell off Boogie", by Mad_Science and the Lousy Welders
    (from the album Guibo #6)

  5. Alfa's theme song is "O Sole Mio", no question. The gashog pickup gets "Runnin' on Empty". Legacy GT has me "Turnng Japanese".

  6. Seems like a lot of Sinatra comes out of the Buick's speakers. How about "One for My Baby (and One More For the Road)"?

  7. My daily driver Explorer – Staying Alive by the Bee Gees.
    My Ford GT that I don't have, and will probably never have, but I am in love with – Hopelessly Devoted To You by Olivia Newton John.

    1. Surprise 7051 – 7100!
      Well H.N.Lucas threw a wrench in the works for our game playing, sorry everyone. I replied to an Alff comment (his are easy to find near the top) asking if it was okay. I did not want to overwhelm him with replies if he did not want to chase storms. I did not get an email notification from him either way, but this morning i see that my comment is gone, even from intensedebate profile. Oh well. So I found this one by Skaycog to use, it's a but down but I guess Last Activity will help, sorry. Anyway anyone can start a new fifty if they like, don't wait for me.
      My car does have a theme song in fact:
      [youtube KsZEJqdqwPc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsZEJqdqwPc youtube]
      Svenne Rubins
      En Gammal Amazon – An Old Amazon
      I've never been an enthusiast
      When it comes to songs about cars
      But I want to state, so that it has been told
      Was a day on the radio
      There was somebody playing
      A composition which was about…
      An old Amazon
      With trim and chrome
      Wheel of bakelite
      California white exterior
      Genuine braided seats
      In imitation leather
      An old Amazon
      An old Amazon
      I turned the volume up to the max
      It was something that happened, it was that I felt
      The fact was that now it was time
      So I called Helgi's yard selling cars and said
      – Now, I have decided for myself
      Now I know exactly what I want…
      An old Amazon
      With trim and chrome
      Wheel of bakelite
      California white exterior
      Genuine braided seats
      In imitation leather
      An old Amazon
      An old Amazon
      I biked down to Helgi's business
      Certainly there were plenty of Amazons where
      At first it seemed that all was over
      But then I found out, behind the rest
      An old Amazon
      With trim and chrome
      Wheel of bakelite
      California white exterior
      Genuine braided seats
      In imitation leather
      An old Amazon
      An old Amazon
      An old Amazon
      With trim and chrome
      Wheel of bakelite
      California white exterior
      Genuine braided seats
      In imitation leather
      An old Amazon
      An old Amazon

    2. szm, msz, bbq………..Haha! Some of my old comments you dig up make me laugh. This is one of them.
      I'm glad Kevin is okay and back to school today. I hope the rest of your family is well.
      The weekend flew by, as they always do. I went to pizza place Friday night for a birthday party. Saturday night found me at my favorite Italian restaurant for my favorite meal of steak, baked potato and salad. Then Sunday night I went to Taco Bell for their new shrimp taco and burrito…..yuck! I don't recomment it to anyone. An employee asked me how I liked them, as he had never tried either one. I told him that they were terrible. I'm not a big Taco Bell fan, but I do love their Crunch Wrap. Go figure.
      I didn't know their was an Amazon song………that's neat!!
      7052

    3. Hi Skaycog,
      There's even a song about the Duett:
      [youtube Li3T4cHoY5Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li3T4cHoY5Y youtube]
      Roger and Over: Volvo Duett
      "She is my Volvo B18 – 210.
      Two side mirrors and the roof rack on the back."
      The Duett was the station wagon model that came right before the Amazon wagon. It was the 210 while mine is the 220. I also have the B18 engine, so it's another great song for my car 🙂 Crap that reminds me, there is a guy that sent me some pics of a rusty Duett that he has near Chicago. I never even looked at them! Also a guy at work here has a really crispy PV444 that he wants to sell. I'll post some pics soon I hope, but I still owe everyone cake pics, yikes it's been busy!
      I'm glad to hear you had a nice weekend. I would not have been brave enough for a TB shrimp anything, wow! We had smash burger this weekend and Chinese. I'm 206.6 lb because of that. Our weekend was busy too. I got six (!) bicycles ready for spring, cleaned the gutters, fixed the bathtub, and washed the salt and cruft off of the bottom of the Volvo. Kevin was too ill to begin the planes, but he also had the district competitions for the pinewood derby. He went to that but we only stayed for a short while. We did not win, there were some really incredible ones made though.
      Have a good one,
      7053

    4. $kaycog…
      Wow, this post is from last April and it references Justin Beiber. I didn't even know he was around yet, I must be getting old.
      Your response to the question is hilarious! It took me reading it out loud to get the joke.
      The Camaro has one obvious song that just feels right when played in the car…and that is Panama by Van Halen (I know I'm pulling out the Van Halen card again).
      The Subaru has been harder to nail down but probably Tao of the Machine by BT (featuring The Roots). The song, to me, just works with a manual transmission and a turbo.
      I could talk about this all day. Music and cars just go together so well.
      7055

    5. TowerofPower……I agree that music and cars go together. You can't one without the other. (That sounds like a song).
      How was your weekend? I told mzs, smz, whatever, about mine. No big deal.
      7056

    6. zsm, szm, ftd……Why did you ready six bicycles ready for Spring? There are five of you, right? You did have a busy, get-a-lot-done-weekend!
      We had a funny thing happen at Jalop SC today. Somehow, when BB commented, his name showed up as Wesley (can't remember last name). I clicked the name, and it showed that Wesley has made only one comment, and that was to you in Jezebel when you were posting a ton of pics of Max. I got confused, and Vavon was confused because he was in Canada and couldn't see the name Wesley, and he couldn't figure out what the heck I was talking about. Finally, BB explained what happened to him. Vavon then said that he replied to Wesley to see if Wesley gets that reply. So far, it hasn't showed up in Wesley's profile. I laughed so hard during all this…….it was hilarious!
      7057

    7. $kaycog…
      I must say that a shrimp taco from Taco Bell…sounds interesting.
      My weekend was good. I went to Dubuque to visit my girlfriend. We played some trivia boardgames and on Saturday night we had a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend's mom at a local brewery. It was a lot of fun, and even included an impromtu paper airplane flying contest. Back to the workweek for now, although it's refreshing to not have to work extra hours anymore (hopefully). I wish the same for Mr. Mzs.
      I'll keep trying to get the Jalopnik Stormchasers to work here at work. It is still wonky there for some reason for me.
      7057

    8. TowerofPower……Happy Taco Tuesday! It sounds like you had a very nice weekend too. I love surprise parties. The paper airplane flying would have been a lot of fun. I'm glad your work hours have decreased, as that really gets old.
      Yeah, those shrimp tacos at Taco Bells were not good. Chili's has shrimp tacos, and they are delicious, IMO.
      Jalopnik SC is still wonky. Generally, I can't see the day's replies until the next morning. Occasionally, they show up, but not usually. It's really hard to keep numbers straight by viewing profiles. It was easier with email notifications, but that quit working last Friday. I see no improvements there……just more problems. It's pathetic.
      7058

    9. Hi Tower,
      Thanks I'm glad he's better now too. Those bitty little engines are cute. I'm meeting with two guys that have made planes like these to get a bunch of tips. Tomorrow they are flying little R/C airplanes in a barn, I don't know if I will have time to see that, but I will try. I'm glad you had such a nice weekend – gf, trivia, beer, paper airplanes, birthday – yippie! Aga's friend turned 40 today, last night we snuck over to her house and stuck forks with birthday wishes on them all over her lawn, tee hee hee…
      I heard back from my Japanese penpal that she and all her friends/family are safe, I'm very happy about that. I still have not heard back from work about if they will match contributions made to charity, either way I will donate some money.
      Sincerely,
      7059

    10. Hi Skaycog,
      I have seven working bikes but five people. Jake has two and so does Kevin. Jake is getting too big for the one he rode last year, but was afraid to ride the bigger one. Also the bigger one our neighbor wants borrow to teach their youngest son how to ride without training wheels. Kevin does not like to ride his nice bike to school. He is worried that someone will damage it or it will get rained on and get all rusty. So he has a bmx (the nice one is like a 10-speed mountain bike) that he rides to and from school. All these bikes take a lot of room in the garage! I have bikes for parts hanging on the walls too! Also there are at least three scooters and a power wheels.
      I had some crazy dual identity on jalopnik as well, I guess BB's was WesleySomething. That was annoying to me, since because of that jalopnik had my work email, which then got leaked in the breach. It's the reason it was recommended for me by management types here not to visit gawker sites from work anymore, and I don't.
      I'm leaving now to pick the brains of some model airplane guys here at work!
      Have a good one,
      7060

    11. smz, zsm, pow…….I just drove a 2011 Ford Explorer V6. It is really snappy and very lovely. I had the feeling that I was sitting awfully low though and didn't like that feeling. Other than that, it was pretty impressive.
      That's really something how Kevin doesn't want anything to happen to his bike. Since he takes such good care of it, his cars will have the same treatment, and that's a good thing.
      I had Chinese buffet for lunch today, and it was soooooo good!!!! There was an orange chicken dish that was excellent!
      7061

    12. Some good news…
      I heard back from a mutual friend that my ex-wife, several friends and their families are ok! It was a huge relief.
      Alas, several of my old shipmates have JN wives and are still missing family, so my thoughts are still with them and now hoping for a miracle.
      Also, while I wasn't particularly worried about Armageddon, the thought of millions of OTHER ding-dongs freaking out about Armageddon does trouble me, so I stocked up on bacon and trail mix. I am now ready for anything except possibly a Susan Boyle concert, to which there is no antidote.
      7062

    13. mzs…
      In my eternal quest to tie storm chasing into the stormchasers thread I give you an RC plane being used to launch data probes into the inflow of a tornado producing thunderstorm. I'm just amazed that the guy is able to fly in that kind of dynamic wind environment.
      I'm glad to hear that your Japanese penpal is ok. The events in Japan are just awful and I hope that the country is able to recover quickly and without a radiological problem.
      7063

    14. Hi Skaycog,
      You would not like the Focus wagon then, but it was one of my favorite cars that I saw at the Chicago autoshow. The base model has a very simple interior. The thing I like about tall cars is that they are easier to get in and out of, especially when my back is giving me trouble, but they are not as comfortable to drive long distances for me because of the upright seating position instead of the laid-back sort, if that makes sense.
      Anyway I forgot about the cake pictures again, did not have much time though, I was super dad yesterday, playing with kids, reading to them, and helping with math. Then I was working on a little script for Aga to annotate her pictures. I'll try and remember again today (HA!). Anyway here are some old Volvos for sale I have learned about thanks to people seeing mine and asking if I want to buy theirs:
      http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/19
      http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/20
      http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/18
      http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/19
      http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/18
      You'll have to click on them cause I did not want to make the comment super long. This made me smile yesterday:
      <img src="http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/2599/17519085.gif"&gt;
      Sincerely,
      7065

    15. Hi Zombee,
      I am glad to hear there many of those close to your heart are safe. I see so much of the coverage is about that nuclear plant and other things like factories and markets while relatively little is about the human element. I found this streaming in English news channel from Japan and I was crying at work yesterday: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-world-tv It's just terribly sad news. They had a father that had located his children but was still looking for his wife, a mother that had been separated from her daughter in the rush of water, three elderly folks that had been rescued from a half submerged car, etc.
      The thing I have noticed though is that Japanese if they live far enough away, they are back at their regular routine as much as possible. Those that simply can't because the infrastructure is no mare where they are, stay out of the way like the authorities have requested them to do so. That traits seem to me very Japanese. So for example in the second case they believe that there are other experts whose job it is to do the dangerous one of looking for survivors, so they will stay where they are told. Now for example those elderly folks would have perished had it not been for someone noticing movement while smoking if I recall correctly. It makes me wonder if more people would have been saved if more of the able bodied young men were out there looking or more would be hurt. But another interesting thing to me is that there seems to be no looting, I think that's a very Japanese quality as well, like they not only have a strong respect for authority but also the property of others.
      Anyway what do you think, you know a lot more about Japan than me.
      Sincerely
      7066

    16. Hi Tower,
      That video was amazing! I forwarded it to some of the R/C guys here at work. I was in Kobe last year. They had a terrible earthquake in '95. 15 years later and you could not tell. I think that the Japanese are very good about this. One thing that surprised me is one of the Kobe residents helping organize the conference told me that initially the government was doing a poor job of disaster relief, so some rival Japanese mafia gangs started distributing food, water, blankets, etc. That tidbit blew my mind.
      I drove in the Volvo today, ostensibly so that I could quickly get to the barn to watch the R/C flying, but really I just wanted to drive the car. Also I had no idea how neat those little model engines are. They even have diesel ones. None use spark or throttles can't even use carbs since venturi principles don't work that small. So they sort of use the pumping of the motor and it's vacuum a valve to mix. There is platinum glow plug in the alcohol ones, because methanol and platinum have a catalytic reaction that produces heat. The diesel ones, they have a screw doodad that you use to change the size of the compression chamber. It's all just crazy and amazingly interesting!
      Sincerely,
      7067

    17. ZomBee Racer……..I too am glad that your ex and friends are safe. Thanks for letting us know. I'm glad you have plenty of bacon and trail mix for whatever reason. That made me laugh. I never thought about the Armageddon aspect of the catastrophes. Perhaps I should get a huge supply of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers and cookes. Oh, yes, and wine.
      7068

    18. szm, zsm, jfk…….If I do get a different vehicle, I'm thinking of a Ford Edge. I too like taller vehicles, and I am used to sitting higher in my Explorer. But right now, I'm not really in the market, as my car only has 66,000 miles on it, and I just bought new tires before Christmas.
      I bet you're glad to be driving the Amazon again. I guess if you have one Volvo, people are inclined to think that you want more. I'm sure you do too, but we have to be practical, DON'T WE? 😉
      7069

    19. Hi Skaycog,
      It's just a gorgeous day out today! Grass is starting to turn green, I have buds on trees at home. Yippie winter is almost gone!
      I've only ever bought one new car for myself and one for Aga. I agree, you should wait until it you approach something expensive in the near future on your Explorer. There also seems to be a real psychological aspect to selling a car around 90k miles for most buyers. But there can be a lot of maintenance coming-up at that point, so it's a pretty ideal time to sell. Once you cross 100K miles a lot of people are no longer interested and you are getting very close to paying money again yourself in many cars.
      Anyway I finished that script for Aga, man I'm proud of myself. I want to make it a little easier to use still. The neat part is how it automatically picks the best location for the annotation. Here are two examples:
      http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/19
      http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/18
      Sincerely,
      7070

    20. szm, mzs, raf……Very nice job on those scripts. What's that green stuff? It looks like Rice Krispie Treats to me.
      Yeah, it's turning green here too. I noticed a lawn this morning that has scattered daffodils growing all over it. When they are finished blooming, they will be mowed along with the grass on a weekly basis until next Spring. It's kinda neat and very different, as I've never seen that before.
      Do you do anything special for St. Patrick's Day? I'm going to have corned beef and cabbage with friends at their home. The guy does the cooking, and he's quite good at it.
      7071

    21. mzs…
      You must be excited to know that there is a whole summer coming up to drive the Volvo around! It seems like you just barely had it last year and then the snow came. I'm pretty excited to get my car out too, although that might be a bit yet.
      A tiny diesel engine! I had to find a picture of one!
      <img src="http://www.musclecars.net/parts/parts-images-large/vintage-amco-model-aircraft-3-5-diesel-engine_320630710738.jpg&quot; width=500>
      7072

    22. $kaycog…
      What an appropriate day for the lawn to turn green! Mine is still brown and mostly snow covered. That lawn with the daffodils sounds interesting. I would hate to mow them all over in a few weeks. Have fun at your Irish dinner!
      7073

    23. TowerofPower….. The daffodils in the lawn are placed about two or three feet apart, so the mowing wouldn't be that bad. It's kinda weird when you think about it, but the result is very pretty.
      Talking about Spring flowers reminds me of a field of wild irises in the mountains. I've only seen this once, but will never forget it. The flower is really very small, but the sea of purple is stunning! Actually, all the wild flowers are beautiful in the mountains.
      Have a nice St. Patrick's Evening!
      7074

    24. Hi Skaycog,
      Still very busy with work, sorry. I got home at 8:30PM yesterday, I need to get home at a reasonable time tonight. Anyway one of my friends from back in UofC days sent me this link: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/03/16/u-of-c-stu… Some of the comments crack me up:

      Randy: STD Central. Mom and dad would be better off spending their money on a new car.
      Martin: And that’s saying a lot because new cars are REALLY bad investments.
      Deb: Watch the grades drop faster than a speeding bullet. Only in Chicago…idiots.
      K-mon: Do you even know how intense the academic atmosphere is at UChicago? There is no space for dropping grades, believe me.
      Bob: But you can drop your drawers…..

      There is a lot of UofC-like humor in there. Also the lines about socially repressed stuffy academic climate needing a sexual revolution makes me want to giggle. (Not only because of all the stuff that happened in the '60-80s, the playboy connection, all the feminists, etc) Back when I was there, my friends and I certainly knew how to have fun! The art students and faculty especially could make the average Berkley student blush. And the sex I had at the UofC was fine too (Reg stacks!) thank you very much. So I don't know what's wrong with these new kids there. I mean I lived next door to The Pub and Tucker Max lived in my dorm afterall! Kids these days….
      Okay now that I am done with all the get off my lawn stuff. Aga usually does some prank to the kids on St. Patrick's day. I don't know what happened yesterday (stupid being at work all day), but I know that there was a letter from a Leprechaun in the morning.
      Have a good one,
      7075
      PS: Had to edit, some part got cut out in the middle, likely my mouse though. Oh 204.2 lb

    25. msz, smz, byob…….That UofC stuff is funny. You ought to make some comments about when you were there. They probably wouldn't believe you.
      The temps here are like 30 degrees cooler today than yesterday. There was even a skiff of snow early this morning. Spring is definitely in the air. BTW, tomorrow's moon is going to be the biggest it has been for 19 years. The news said why, but it was all over my head. I just want to see the BIG moon.
      Dinner last night was wonderful…..corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Everything was delicious.
      Tonight I'm going to Chili's for dinner with a girlfriend. Afterwards, I'm going to have a relaxing evening in front of the TV with a glass or two of wine.
      What are your weekend plans?
      7077

    26. mzs…
      haha…that University of Chicago article is quite funny! So how was your weekend? Hopefully there was no work involved.
      7078

    27. $kaycog…
      I bet those daffodils look good. The yellow against a rich green looks great. It's one of the reasons I actually like dandelions…at least until they turn brown and seed…then they are just ugly.
      So did you get to see the big moon! It was cloudy and rainy here for the full moon. I'm hoping it clears up by tonight so that maybe I can enjoy its fading presence.
      7079

    28. TowerofPower…..I can't believe me. I was telling all of my friends to be sure to watch that moon Saturday night, and then I forgot to watch it myself. I even forgot last night, and both nights had perfectly clear skies. If I don't remember tonight, I might as well forget it.
      I know what you mean about dandelions being pretty for awhile, then they are just nasty.
      Look what I took a ride in yesterday……a 1969 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55, like the one on the right. I've never even seen one before. I've seen plenty of the FJ40's, on the left, but not the wagon. My friend just had a 4-speed put in it, and he wants to add rally lights and do a few more things but is basically going to leave it as is. Other than a Lexus, this is the first Toyota I've ridden in.
      <img src="http://www.toyoland.com/photos/1969/1969-land-cruisers.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    29. Hi Tower!
      Nope not much work on this weekend, just lots of fun. But now that I am back at work today, it's going to be another busy one, drat! Anyway we started those airplanes, here are some photos:
      <img src="http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/189609_630410235700_2912893_34905415_6335984_n.jpg&quot; width="500">
      <img src="http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/200088_630410305560_2912893_34905420_3836679_n.jpg&quot; width="500">
      As you can see, we did not get too far 😉 it is really complicated and the sheet rock that the instructions recommended for the base was too hard to push the pins into. So I cut-up a box and put that on the sheet rock, that worked. We'll keep at it though. Here's a funny thing though. We did not have the kids on Saturday until the evening. So we went to do some shopping without them. One of the stores we went to was Hobby Town to get some balsa airplane supplies. What a great place! I have to go there with the kids someday because there was just so much cool stuff in there. But the best part is that we took the Volvo. So after a bit more shopping, it's time to leave. I go to start the Volvo and the key breaks in the ignition! But the hobby store was really close-by and they lent me a screwdriver and pliers, so I was able to get the broken key out and use another to get home.
      Sincerely,
      7081

    30. Hi Skaycog,
      It's going to be another really busy week at work, but I owe you the full report as we say so here goes (i better remember to breathe as I type)! So last week was a blur (wheeee), I'm fuzzy on some days by now. Aga really really liked that script I wrote for her. Here are some more recent pics: http://agamama.blogspot.com/ She's used it a bunch and she wrote to me, "It's so great to be married to a smart guy like you." That made my day! It's been the first time I've used math in a really really long time now, maybe something like two years ago I did some math for a PID loop at work, that was the last time. That feels good too.

      1. Anyway, we did for Kevin a little his friends come over to the house for cake, presents, and a little playing I think that was Tuesday. Then on Friday after school we did the Dave and Busters real party with them. Remember he got sick with really bad timing last week. After that our kids went over to family because Aga had prepared a surprise 40th birthday party for her friend at our house. Guests came 8PM and left 2:30AM. It was a real success, her friend was completely surprised. The next morning we slept in 😉 The big thing we did was go shopping. I already wrote about the ignition/hobbytown part to Tower. The last store we went to was a bookstore that was going out of business. We bought $270 of books! That's a lot of books. Anyway, we thought we were going to buy a bunch of furniture too (bookshelve/easels) from the fixtures of the store, but it was too expensive what they wanted. So I had no tools in the Volvo. On the drive home, I had some trouble getting into first, but still made it home. I joked that Astrid was jealous that I had my arm around Aga, but that I knew she would get us home.

        1. I mention that because I think my synchro in first is not in great shape. And the next day I had to take Jake to Swimming. So I have the kids in the Volvo in the garage, and try to get in reverse – gear grinding sounds. I try again – same. Crap, okay I throw all the stuff I had in the way back but removed for the shopping trip into the car and push Astrid with the kids into the street. There was not much time. Then I drove off from second. When I got to the swimming practice, I then went back out into the parking lot and started to see what was up. It did not take long, most of the fluid for the hydraulic clutch had leaked out. I had a thing of brake fluid (which was in the mass of tools and junk I threw back in there before leaving) and used that to fill it back up. I think it works again, at least I was able to drive off in first no problem. I think Fred and I tore the diaphragm near the clutch fork when we were replacing the gearbox before. I'll see about how much new parts cost this weekend or some evening.

          1. Anyway then we got home and my parents came by with the boys and Aga drove over to her aunts for the Michelle. Next day she went to a church with Kevin. There was a comedian talking about ADD (which Kevin and me likely have – probably Michelle too). They liked that a whole lot. Later I watched some of his shtick on youtube with Aga. Then Aga went to work, I did planes with the boys, a walk with Michelle and Max, and then when Aga got back home we went to my uncle's place since my cousin had his confirmation.
            Phew,
            7082
            PS: I missed that moon too, drat! Oh and had trouble with a big comment working.

    31. szm, smz, gr8……A torn diaphragm, eh? That's not good. Is it a big deal? Also, what's up with the transmission, and what do you have to do there? And then the key broke off in the ignition?
      You really had a busy weekend, but then you usually do. I guess the only really different thing I did over the weekend was to take a ride in that Land Cruiser. I went out for dinner Friday night and had a relaxing Saturday night in front of the TV.
      7083

    32. zms, zsm, ups…….You really do love that Amazon and enjoy working on it…….I can tell. It sounds like there's nothing seriously wrong with it.
      The skies here are smokey now, as there is a prairie fire in Southern CO and a forest fire in Northern CO with high winds. We really need some kind of moisture, snow or rain; it doesn't matter which.
      Have a good evening!
      7085

    33. $kaycog…
      No big moon again last night. Clouds moved in again just before nightfall. That's ok though, I do like the rain this time of year. It gets rid of all the grim and really greens everything up. Rivers are on their way up though and just like last year, we could probably stand to donate some rain to your neck of the woods.
      I can't say that I have seen that version of the Land Cruiser either. I like it though. It looks very purposeful and rugged and look at all the room!
      Oh and I almost forgot…happy taco Tuesday! I think I'm actually going to make tacos tonight!
      7086

    34. mzs…
      It sounds like you are having a ball with your Amazon…even with the issues! It sounds like it's running quite well though, it just has some moderate annoyances.
      It's crazy that you picked up the quake half way around the world! I know that the waves can travel around the planet (minus the shadow zone) but seeing it happen is crazy! I'll have to read through the articles you sent me during lunch when I have a chance. They look interesting.
      7087

    35. Hi Tower,
      I tell you that moon is no good! Last evening/night we had lightning which took out a magnet in the tev here! It will be at least a week until it's fixed. Also they don't know yet the source of the fire in the Soudan mine. We worked some more on the planes yesterday. We have four struts glued to the leading and trailing edged of each wing now. I am really having a great time with that car, it's easy to tell I know.
      Have a good one,
      7088

    36. TowerofPower…….I couldn't see the moon last night because of smoke from three fires in CO. I think the two fires North of me were the reason for me being able to see smoke. The skies are clear this morning, so evidently the fires have been extinguished. I haven't heard.
      A girlfriend made some "Oreo Truffles", and I had one last night. OMG! Google that and check them out. I noticed that there are various methods in making them. They are really good (and sweet).
      <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qiIwYEWfAo4/TPMIRdehX4I/AAAAAAAACw4/lLMjlEjoYa4/s1600/oreo-truffles-medium.jpg"width="500"/&gt;
      7089

    37. mzs, msz, rip……..So are the hamburgers at Moonshine really special? Probably the best hamburgers in my town are at an old pool hall/bar which I frequent at least once a month. I guess that in the old days, females didn't go in. They'd call in an order and wait out front for somebody to bring the hamburgers out to them. There's a lot of nostalgic photos on all the walls and is very interesting.
      Latest food item: Oreo Truffles……see my comment to TofP.
      7090

    38. Hi Skaycog,
      I've never had a moonburger. There's an online buddy Aga and I have in St. Louis, he wrote me about it. He rode with his buddies on motorcycles out there, maybe it was last spring now. I thought it would be nice to do that and then head back to Fairbury speedway to watch Racin one day, but it turns out to be way farther than I thought! He emailed me that it's worth it to try definitely, and they do look great in pictures.
      Anyway remember when I was sick a few weeks back? I came down and tried to help Aga cook but spilled all this chocolate bits on the floor of the kitchen before heading back to bed. Balls that look just like that are what she made. They were great! Why are we back to food always? Anyway 205.2 lb this morning. This dieting thing is hard.
      Have a good one,
      7091

    39. zsm, zms, zzzz……….Things were weird here and also on the main page about an hour ago. There was no place to log in, so I left so maybe it would settle down, and now it seems normal.
      Have you had time to look into what it's going to take to fix your Amazon? I know you're really busy at work, but I was just wondering.
      Nothing is new with me. Life is sweet!
      7092

    40. Good morning Skaycog,
      Nope, have not checked. There are a few places to buy such parts but I have not had time. I'm fine leaving it as is until it gets worse. I know what it feels like as the fluid gets low and it must be leaking very slowly. We made some more progress on those planes:
      <img src="http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/197419_630667535070_2912893_34909553_3077454_n.jpg"&gt;
      <img src="http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/197547_630667574990_2912893_34909555_5814397_n.jpg&quot; width="500">
      Aga is sick now 🙁 I just got a phone call from her that she left the doctor and has sinus infection. Jake had a cold, on Monday he missed school. Who will be next? Come and spin the wheel folks! So this morning I had to come in to the school because Aga had singed-up to help-out. She emailed that she was not coming in, but felt really badly about it, did not hear back from Jake's teacher, so I came by just in case. Good thing, the teacher was going to have me work on the quilts that the kids had been making. The other lady that was in charge was ill too! So I got the stuff from her car, she left to get back in bed, and I started cutting. By 10AM there were two other ladies and I left for work. Isn't my day-to-day funny? I love it.
      Have a good one,
      7093

    41. szm, smz, zzzzzzz…………..Your boys look like they're hard at work on the planes. I'm sure they're enjoying doing it, as I know you are. Do they have patience doing this kind of thing?
      Sorry Aga has a sinus infection. Although I've never had that problem, I know people who have, and they are very miserable. Good for you cutting material for quilts at school. Yes, I know you enjoy the wheel spin!
      I hope the rest of your day is going well. I have a feeling you're going to be Mr. Mom, as well as Dad, this evening.
      7094

    42. Hi Skaycog,
      They really are great about patience so far. We've made a bunch of mistakes, one of Kevin's favorite parts was making replacement ribs for the wings from waste (the scrap left over), two were eaten by Max for example, others we sanded too short 😉 Aga is doing much better already, it's really amazing how much antibiotics help. Basically I fed them, made sure they did homework, Michelle practiced piano, I played Toot-n-Otto with Jake, we watched In the Middle and Modern Family, and we made the airplanes. Aga feels so much better she is reading a bit of a book to the older two. Jake's already out 😉
      I had a great day, though it snowed a it today! That jumping PV image on hooniverse inspired me. Over lunch I went and drove Astrid over this hilly road near here. Unfortunately I was not able to get any air, oh well, but we tried alright 😉 I did take care of some groceries then too, since Aga was not feeling well, so that we could have food tomorrow, but that was really more of an excuse to try and lift off for a bit.
      Good night,
      7095

    43. szm, msz, jr/sr……..I'm glad Aga is feeling better. Yes, good for antibiotics!
      Sorry you couldn't launch the Amazon, but you had fun trying anyway.
      Nothing going on here today except Spring. No winds thus far, but they are supposed to start in again later this afternoon.
      My friend with the brain tumor had her surgery and is doing well so far. I don't know when they are going to start chemo and radiation treatments. I'm still can't fathom this.
      Have a good Thursday!
      7096

    44. $kaycog…
      I have had Oreo truffles before! My girlfriend wanted to try making them once and they were delicious! I finally saw the moon on my way to work this morning. The first time it's been clear since last Friday. It looked pretty normal but now it's been several days so I'm sure I missed it.
      If you like Oreo Truffles, you might want to try Oreo Fluff…it's my new favorite thing!
      <img src="http://friendseat.com/user_upload_recipe/thumbnail400/1150_35298_friendseat_OreoFluff.JPG&quot; width=500>
      7097

    45. mzs…
      I had to laugh when I read that you were trying to get air in the Volvo.
      Those kids sure look like quite the little engineers building those planes with the schematics sprawled across the table. Get one of them to produce a 3D model of a tiny engine in SolidWorks and you would have your own little engineering firm!
      I hope that Aga gets better and that you guys have a break from illness for a while. Hopefully the up and coming warmer weather will help out.
      7098

    46. Thanks Tower,
      They really are pretty intense and calm when working, it's like night and day with my kids who are usually jumping over couches at least. Ever seen Wipeout on ABC? One day we heard some noises from the basement. We went down there and the kids were setting-up a Wipeout course! So we took them outside and we all set one up and then had a contest. There's always something like that, it's a wonder no one has broken anything. Well lots of things have been broken, I meant like bones 😉 Yesterday we got to the point where we unpinned the wings. That was fun, we stuck the fuselages on temporarily and were flying around the house making airplane noises. Yes I was too.
      Sincerely,
      7099

    47. Hi Skaycog,
      I am hopeful for your friend, if they operated that's a good sign. We lost someone here at work that was a great person to brain cancer. It was very sad, his kids were around the same age as mine. Not much you can count on to make me sad every time, but cancer does.
      Okay I have to think about something else now, sorry. How did you start your PJ shamefests?
      7100
      Everybody, new place:
      https://hooniverse.com/2010/02/05/yamon-jamaican-i

  8. I just heard this one Saturday night on the country oldies show. I guess it could apply to the Trailblazer. From July 9, 1929 (pre-flathead Ford V-8) The Chevrolet Six by Frank Hutchison: <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="24" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf&quot; w3c="true" flashvars='config={"key":"#$b6eb72a0f2f1e29f3d4","playlist":[{"url":"http://www.archive.org/download/Chevrolet/TheChevroletSix.mp3&quot;,"autoPlay":false}],"clip":{"autoPlay":true},"canvas":{"backgroundColor":"0x000000","backgroundGradient":"none"},"plugins":{"audio":{"url":"http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.audio-3.0.3-dev.swf&quot;},"controls":{"playlist":false,"fullscreen":false,"gloss":"high","backgroundColor":"0x000000","backgroundGradient":"medium","sliderColor":"0x777777","progressColor":"0x777777","timeColor":"0xeeeeee","durationColor":"0x01DAFF","buttonColor":"0x333333","buttonOverColor":"0x505050"}},"contextMenu":[{"Listen+to+Chevrolet+at+archive.org":"function()"},"-","Flowplayer 3.0.5"]}'> </embed>
    http://www.archive.org/details/Chevrolet

  9. I have some bonus ones for certain days:
    Heavy Commute Day – Bad Habit by The Offsprint
    Whippin' – Chrome Rims by Wu-Tang Clan
    Driving people around – The Chauffeur – Duran Duran

  10. My Subie goes to Metallica – Seek and Destroy blasting so loud you can hear through your windows doin 85 on the interstate.

  11. Bronco: Summertime by Kenny Chesney, I don't know exactly why but it just feels right, especially when the top is off.
    Maxima: Don't have one quite yet but Satan is my Motor by Cake is starting to fit the bill.
    From the past:
    63 T-bird: Lowrider by War (I honestly never knew who did that song till now) Strangely that song played on the radio at least once everytime I drove the car. I miss that car…
    84 Ford Crew Cab Dually One headlight by the Wallflowers Namely for the line "It feels just like a beat up truck – I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn" Runner up is Piece of shit car by Adam Sandler. Yes I hated that truck…
    72 Ford plumbing truck: Blap blap blap blap.. gurgle… That truck didn't have a working radio, just a symphony of of uniquely blown exhaust manafold gaskets.
    89 RX-7: Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys. No reason really, it just fit the car.
    88 RX-7: The Distance by Cake: In that car every road was a track, every day was a race.

  12. 93 RX-7: Propellerheads, Bang On!
    I used this as my theme music when I was autocrossing. A slow but steady intro that allowed you to catch your breath, and menatlly prepare for the run ahead, then a loud and fast main song that I tried to time to the start of the run. My musical tastes have changed some since, but I haven't been able to drive it consistently for the last 5 or 6 years. Hopefully once the in progress engine rebuild is complete, I'll come up with a new theme for the car.

  13. How about Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man"? Yeah, that will work until I can think of something that isn't currently playing…
    Or the Deftones Cover of "Simple Man"

    1. The lingering aroma of a spilled milkshake in the back of the minivan has me thinking Lynyrd Skynyrd as well. Specifically, "That Smell".

  14. My '66 F100 has never had a radio, there's not even a hole in the dashboard and there's a little plastic plug where the antenna goes. I think I took a ghetto blaster with me on a long trip I took once, but that's about it. It's kind of ironic that it was once used to haul band equipment. Henrietta has no theme song, sadly. Just whatever earworm is bothering me at the time. Today it was Frank Zappa's "A Little Green Rosetta."
    My motorhome, the Road Condo, has a theme. Stevie Ray Vaughn's "If the House Is Rockin," of course.

  15. 78 280z "Bessie Mae Coolie" The Imperial March or Snowspeeders take flight by John Williams
    06 Exploder "Hilda" La Villa Strangiato or YYZ by Rush

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