The last time I drove my Mustang I got a message on the dashboard that an oil change was required. This surprised me because even though I bought the car in November of 2018, it still only has 1,150 miles on it. So how could it possibly need an oil change?
I had a few errands to run yesterday, including dropping off some paperwork at an attorney’s office for an upcoming telephone consultation on Monday about making our wills and possibly setting up a family trust. I decided that since I was out and about, I would run by Mullinax Ford and ask their service department about that or if there was some kind of error causing the message. I was surprised when they told me that even if the car is not driven much, the oil can break down over time. So I guess I will be making an appointment to get that done, too.
Of course since I was already there, I had to spend some time looking at trucks and Expeditions. I am not one to buy things on impulse, I do a lot of research ahead of time and once I make a decision I don’t cut corners or compromise. If I’m going to get a new pickup, it will be an F-150 Lariat, and they don’t have any in stock. But they did have a brand-new crew cab (four-door) Lariat that had just arrived as a special order for a customer. Though I couldn’t drive it, obviously, the salesman did open it up and let me check it out. It’s the first time I’ve actually been in one of the new models, and I’m definitely sold.
However, since our daughter Tiffany insists that instead of the pickup, I need to buy Terry an Expedition, I spent some time looking at those as well. One Expedition they have in stock is a King Ranch model, which is about the top-of-the-line, but it had too much in the way of adornment for my taste. But they had several others that were definitely nice. I may have to drag Terry down there and get her to drive one. Then again, if I do that, I might not get a pickup after all!
We have a 5-gallon propane tank left over from our RV days that we now use on our stainless steel barbecue grill. I didn’t know how much gas was left in the tank, but I wanted to get it filled up, so I took it with me yesterday. I was driving the Explorer, and we have a bar with a heavy-duty net stretched across the back of the cargo area to keep groceries and such in place. I put the propane tank back there, figuring it would stay put, but I was wrong. At some point, it rolled under the bar, snagging the net by the carrying handle in the process. After that, every time I turned a corner, it tangled itself in the net more and more. It took a little bit of time, a whole bunch of aggravation, and some words that my mama would be ashamed of me for even knowing before I got it eventually untangled and was able to get the tank refilled. I found a different way of carrying it on the way home.
The annual Daytona Beach Bike Week ends on Sunday, and there are motorcycles everywhere around here. Having ridden my share of miles on two wheels, I am very conscious of motorcycles and try to drive in such a way as to avoid any danger to them. But I swear, some of those fools must love tempting fate. Twice yesterday I had bikers pull out of parking lots directly in front of me, and if I wasn’t paying attention, there would have been a collision for sure. I also saw three of them racing down US Highway 1, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off cars, almost asking to get themselves in trouble.
Every year two or three bikers get killed during this event, which is tragic. I think there have been three fatalities so far this week, and I hope there are no more. I know we are all supposed to share the road, but some of the bikers need to share some responsibility and use common sense, too. We’re not talking about kids hyped up on adrenaline and testosterone, we’re talking about people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and older who should know better. I hope they all make it home safely.
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Thought For The Day – Most people don’t think I’m as old as I am until they hear me stand up.