It’s what’s on the outside that counts. Not what Mom taught you; but then again, maybe she wasn’t anticipating your love of cars. Especially not little convertibles, with less than stellar power, wrapped in a shell that never included anything but Government enforced safety equipment. Maybe, but…
If I may be so bold, it is actually what is on the outside that is important. There is a multi-million dollar a year business, of which I whole heartily support, driven to telling all of us that what is important is on the inside (and around) our cars. Holy hell, can anyone tell me how to spot real wheels versus fake wheels at even 15MPH?!? Yeah, just don’t post that nonsense at 0MPH online.
What is this incisive hatred we have with all that might, or might not, be seen in all our cars? It really is just a car, regardless of what that car is. And, God forbid, it really is just a forum, regardless of what that forum is.
I, for one, think we must face this fear of seeing what is only on the inside head-on and embrace this new found belief that what is on the outside matters. We must stop nodding. We must stop waving. We must stop posting with posture. And we really need to leave our monitor and get out of our car. We must meet other people. And these people should be strangers, and maybe even make us a little uncomfortable and nervous, and maybe should exist a long way from home.
1800 miles, to be exact.
That is how far Breezy flew to come watch a lousy movie on our garage door recently, and I don’t think he flew all this way for anything any of us had on our car or in our car. In fact, I know he didn’t. He didn’t fly all this way to see anything other than what was on the outside of everyone’s cars. Just occurred to me… he would have flown here with no cars to look at. He already knew that it is what is on the outside that matters.
And it didn’t matter to Vejatabul or 5spd either. Nor Nannerpus, Chricto, Yellowihss, or our next door neighbors. Funny, really; over 25 people were here because of what’s outside a car, but only known because of what is inside. We didn’t have a great time because of what was on the inside. Instead, we had a family gathering because of what is on the outside.
I think it’s time we stop being a persona and start being a person. Reach out and shake a hand. Take a chance. Pack a gun you’ll never need. Be someone outside your car and make friends with those inside every car. Personas might mesh on a forum and they might even mesh at a local car show. But I don’t think anyone has ever been in a pinch, or needed a hand, and reached out to a persona. I know I haven’t.
It is really what is inside the person outside their car that counts.