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Machine Gun

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  1. Do vintage Buicks at vintage service stations in the present day count? A few from my recent Route 66 road trip: Baxter Springs, KS, Commerce, OK, and Mount Olive, IL.
  2. Back when trunks were trunks. The average person didn't seem to need pickups in those days.
  3. I had a great time at my first BCA gathering and was particularly gratified to meet some of you. Got home yesterday afternoon after putting 3,343 trouble-free miles on the Skylark since I left home on 06/22. The Skylark is fine, my back not so much.
  4. I hit my goal earlier this week somewhere in MO or KS along Route 66. Right now I'm at 3,033 miles since January 1st. I guess I'm covered for the next 1,012 years, assuming it works that way.
  5. Rolled in too late to pick up my registration so I'll have to do that in the morning. I'm staying down in Ft. Wayne at the Spring Hill Suites, about 12 minutes from the park. I'm using up some of my gazillion Marriott points. Hope to see some of you tomorrow.
  6. I'll be arriving mid- to late Thursday afternoon. Am in Tulsa right now.
  7. I drove the Skylark 355 miles along Route 66 between Fairview Heights, IL and Carthage, MO. Got up a little while ago at the Boots Court and will be looking for breakfast shortly before heading to my next overnight stop at Catoosa, OK.
  8. You may indeed be prepared, but you won't be prepared for the particular thing that goes wrong at that moment. Now that's Murphy at his finest.
  9. Wow! I have red-green deficiency color blindness, but even I can tell that's green!
  10. The two ladies seem happy enough, but the gent is probably thinking about making the payments.
  11. He's being brought up right!
  12. I'm not terribly worried about the energy companies. Some of the fossil fuels they don't sell as gasoline will go to the oil, natural gas, and coal-fired generating plants that produce the electricity needed to charge the electric cars that don't depend on fossil fuels. And now back to our regularly scheduled program (programme for you, Dei): My upcoming trip down a portion of US Route 66 and the return through Auburn will go far toward hitting the 2021 miles goal. I leave on the 22nd.
  13. @38Buick 80CBrian, thanx for your response. now I need to get my registration in ASAP! @JohnD1956I agree that doing only the main car show would miss out on a lot, but I had no intention of limiting my activities to that. My question was only in regard to the possibility of Friday parking on the grounds. I plan to arrive Thursday night, walk the flea market and take in the other activities on Friday, do the Friday evening thing in Auburn, and then take in the show on Saturday morning.
  14. That's exactly what I would have looked like if I was him doing that then. (Meds haven't kicked in yet, sorry).
  15. I'm new to the car show thing, so help me out here. I'm going to arrive in my '64 on Thursday evening. I was planning to register this weekend so that I could park on the show field throughout the event. I will not want my car judged. Now that I know the cars will be on the field only on Saturday I assume that I'll be parking in the spectator lots on Friday. I have to leave for home around Noon on Saturday. Given all that, I see no reason to register at all. Am I missing something?
  16. I think we both know the answer to that question.
  17. I will be there in my '64 Skylark.
  18. I've been driving the Skylark every weekend but nowhere more exciting than to run errands and make visits. More like mini-shakedown cruises before my trip down Route 66 later this month. The road trip will end in Auburn in time for the Buick Meet, where I hope to meet some of you.
  19. Great family photo. I especially like the stink-eye the young lady on the end is giving the photographer. My mother's side of the family is from Reggio di Calabria and my father's side is from Carpino in Foggia. We made a southern variety of cubed polenta with sausage and tomato sauce baked in the oven. Everything else was pretty typical.
  20. Sundays were days of unchanging ritual. Mom would get the spaghetti sauce going while we dressed for church. (Note: I grew up in a divided home. My mother's family from Paterson, NJ referred to the stuff you put on spaghetti as "sauce," whereas my father's family from Hoboken referred to it as "gravy." Italians from NY Metro will understand). Once the sauce was slowly simmering and we were dressed we would get into the '55 Olds (and later the '62 Olds), swing by my mother's aunts' house a few blocks away to pick them up and then go to Mass. On the way back home we would stop at the bakery for fresh bread. After dinner around 1:00 it was time for the Sunday drive. Sometimes the drive was out to the country, which in those days could mean parts of Wayne, Wyckoff, or up by Wanaque. Sometimes we'd venture up the Hudson along 9W. Sussex County, where I currently live, would have been considered the frontier and we never traveled that far into northwest NJ. One of my favorite ways to ride when I was small enough was to lay on the rear package tray and look up through the rear windshield. Many of those drives ended with a visit to one of my other aunts and uncles, of which there were legion. A favorite occasional stop was my Uncle Louie's and Aunt Lucy's place. He owned a monument company and was the only one in the family who could afford a color TV set. Those Sunday evenings were special because we would watch Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, in color! Dad was in charge of properly adjusting the color and hue controls because he was a TV repairman. Saturdays had their own rituals. In the morning I'd accompany my dad on his TV repair calls. At the time he was assistant service manager at the DuMont factory service center and he'd do moonlight TV repair on non-DuMont sets. Right after lunch we'd hop in his car and make the half-hour drive to Jersey City to visit his sister and my cousins. We'd always get home in time for dinner. Happy times, when entire families lived within a short drive from each other and didn't have to hop a plane to make visits.
  21. Is it common in YORK, SC to to park a decedent's car over his grave in the cemetery, or to bury your relatives behind your grandpa's house in YORK, SC? Inquiring minds want to know. Maybe we should start Buick and Graves thread.
  22. I have to hand it to Buick for capturing the spirit of the moment. The beaming smiles of the models are just like the ones my wife and I wear while I'm pumping gas and she waits alone in the car.
  23. Did they say which one the girl went for?
  24. Welcome. It looks like you have a pretty solid car to start with.
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