Kids And Cars

 Posted by at 1:01 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212019

Something both of my kids seem to have inherited from me is my love of cars. Especially old cars. That may be because during their formative years there was almost always a classic car or two around the house. One of the nice perks of being in the small-town newspaper business is that you get first dibs on any ad that comes through the door. Over the years this allowed me to purchase a lot of guns and a lot of very nice old cars at bargain prices.

So when we stumbled on a car show on Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach I didn’t have to ask if anybody else wanted to go check it out. It took more effort just to make them stay inside the Explorer until I got parked. Then we set off to admire all the nice rides.

Tiffany likes fast cars. Especially fast old cars. She found some she really liked at the car. This was one of her favorites.

Travis prefers the big old boats from the 50s, 60s, and even the early 70s. He did a bit of drooling over this old Lincoln Continental.

And being kind of macabre guy, he absolutely fell in love with this customized old hearse.

When the owner saw Geli admiring his rat rod, he invited her to sit in it for a picture. Pretty girls get all the breaks. Nobody asked me if I wanted to sit in their cars!

Another fun car place is Hankster’s Hot Rods in Daytona Beach, which is a combination car museum and collectible car showroom housed in an old roller-skating rink. When I told Tiffany about it before she came to visit, she said she had to see it. And the minute we walked in she fell in love with this guy. I’m not sure if it’s a step up or a step down from the one she saw at Giuseppe’s Steel City Pizza on her first night here.

There were a lot of neat old cars to choose from, and there were several that Tiffany said she wanted to drive home to Arizona. There was a time when it might have been worth buying one just to get rid of her, but she’s grown up since then and I kind of like having her around.

Any time I am at Hankster’s I have to lust after the old Mustangs on display. I keep telling Miss Terry we need a bigger garage. She tells me I also need a much bigger bank account to pay for all of the toys I would want to put in that bigger garage.

Here is a unique car, a 1969 Amphicar. These were very cool, because they were amphibians. That’s right you could put the top down, drive it right into the water, and do some fishing from your car. How cool is that?

My birthday was Tuesday, and unfortunately, Travis and Geli had to go home to Alabama on Monday because of work scheduling. But the three kids got me a really cool shirt in honor of the occasion and their visit.

A couple people have mentioned that Travis and Tiffany look a lot like Miss Terry. That has to be a coincidence because my first wife is their biological mother, but neither of them have a relationship with her. To the kids, Terry is and always has been Mom and they love her as much as she loves them. Here are Tiffany and Geli letting her know just how much she means to them. That makes my heart smile.

Congratulations Bruce Besmen, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 56 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Behind every angry woman stands a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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