Bel Air in Aruba

The Chevrolet Bel Air is a classic among automobiles, a venerable name from a proud brand. While in Aruba, you’ll see some cars like this cruising around and I was pleased to come across this one.

That’s style, my friends. Check out all the chrome.

The fellow keeps the shiny parts gleaming and they look great in the strong Aruba sun.

It’s amazing how well this car has been preserved. It’s from 1957, that fifty-three years, half a century, and still rolling.

Those tail fins are almost as big as the rudder on the Cessna I fly. Awesome. That’s when cars had style, before everything became an aerodynamic misfit as opposed to a first class ride. Anyway, worth a look and no better setting than a fine Sunday afternoon in Aruba to check out the classics.

One Happy Pickup!

Aruba’s slogan is “One Happy Island,” and it fits. Living here, like living anywhere else, requires a pickup truck for reasons I explained in an earlier post. Well, after years of fooling around with the idea, I finally sent my pickup from the United States to Aruba. I’m one happy pickup driver now that is has arrived and is rolling around the island. I put together this video, just for fun, showing various island sights as well as my favorite ride, a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, diesel, 4WD. Take a look.

There you have it, bouncing around the island for work and play. Getting work done around the house will be much easier. I can put an entire pallet of concrete blocks, or of bagged cement, or of lumber in the back. This will save me the delivery charges. Plus, I have enough room to take my wife and three other people on a tour of Aruba. Believe it or not, at the low speeds here in Aruba, this truck gets better than 20 miles to the gallon. That’s quite good considering the power, weight, and capability of the vehicle.

Of course, here’s the bad news. This morning, a damn fool RAN a stop sign and CRASHED into the back of my truck. It doesn’t look so bad from the outside, but underneath, there is a world of damage. So disregard the above mentioned kind thoughts. If you’re so STUPID to IGNORE a STOP SIGN, be glad you’re alive and be glad the guy you hit in the aforementioned truck is one mellow dude. Yeah, he’s happy he and his wife are not hurt. But he sure is pissed off that you smashed his truck to the tune of more than $15,000 worth of damage and counting, (not to mention more than three months getting it fixed here in Aruba) all because you were a DAMN FOOL and disregarded a stop sign. Have a nice day.

Hey, drive your own road and do it safely.

Published in: on November 26, 2008 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Pickup Truck and Life

My oldest brother once said, “You have to have a truck to tote your stuff.” He was right. I’ve always owned a pickup, typically a Chevrolet Silverado. Over the years I’ve had both new and used and they’ve never let me down. They were there to tote my stuff, other people’s stuff, business stuff, and stuff that belonged to someone I didn’t even know.

More than the utility value is the simple pleasure of heading down the road with an ice-cold Coca-Cola in your hand, the radio on, and your favorite person in the passenger seat. This is as American as Ben Franklin, the Grand Canyon, and the Stars and Stripes. I know they burn too much fuel. I know they’re big and clunky. I know all the reasons why some people think they’re the root of evil. That is until they need one. Then they’re on the phone looking for a pal with a set of keys to something with capacity to haul and horsepower.

There are ways to drive your truck responsibly and burn the least amount of fuel. Coast up to those red lights, set the cruise control on 68, and don’t jump from stop sign to stop sign. Make sensible trips by combining your tasks. Go shopping with your pal so you take advantage of all that cargo space. These methods all work. They also help to make the road a safer, friendlier place.

So life is full of contradictions. No surprise there. The pickup is one of those. But its so much fun and so darn useful that we’re stuck with it until something better comes along.

Published in: on September 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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