Driving The Numbers

It’s Wednesday night on the big green blog – the only night of the week in which I don’t yet have a regularly-scheduled series in-place. From September to February ‘My NFL Weekend Game Picks: The Results Show’ was the Wednesday night series, but now that we’re in-between seasons I have nothing scheduled for this night of the week. I may just keep it this way too. Anything can happen on Wednesday nights, so stick around to see what’s up my sleeve. PRESTO !

And now here’s something we hope you’ll really like !  (obscure “Rocky And Bullwinkle” reference)

‘Driving The Numbers’ – what’s that all about you may ask ?  Check this out:

I’m approaching 57,000 miles on my current car that I bought brand new a little more than 68 months ago (in June 2003). I drive a bit below the national average of 1,000 miles per month. In fact it typically takes me about a month-and-a-half to drive 1,000 miles. Over the past 12 months I’ve driven about 9,000 miles. It helps out a lot to be able to drive to work in the morning and then drive back home again in less than a 15-mile round-trip.

On my road-trip last week with my Mom, Dad, and Cat in which I moved them (literally) from (south of) Jacksonville Florida to (north of) Dallas Texas I drove over 1,800 miles over the course of a 5-day period (actually just 4 days because on one of those days I rested in Texas). I essentially did about 75 days worth of driving in just 4 days. Of course only about 750 out of those 1,800 miles of driving was done so in my own car. I drove my parents’ car from Florida to Texas. Their car – a nice new BMW – was POWERFUL – much more so than my measly 2003 Saturn. It was certainly ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’.

Incidentally I-49 within Louisiana may just be one of the most peaceful and quiet Interstate highways in the southeastern United States.

Once I drove past New Orleans last Wednesday afternoon I had driven the furthest west in my entire life. I once drove a stretch of I-35 between San Antonio and Austin Texas, but that was in a rental car after flying in to San Antonio. About a decade later I drove all around San Antonio on another trip there. That was also in a rental car. Perhaps one day I’ll drive my own car past New Orleans, past Texas, and straight on over to the U.S. West Coast. I’ll probably have a different car by then. I’m sure I will.

And now my friends I present to you for your midweek ‘Retro’ review this classic 1988 television commercial for the totally awesome new line of Geo automobiles. It was these bubbly commercials that persuaded me to buy my very first car here in America’s Riviera back in January 1989 – a sparkling new bright red Geo Spectrum. I put over 96,700 miles on that beast for over 8 years !