I used to own that kind of car...not the gorgeous little red one...the ugly-ass blue thing next to it. The Datsun B210. Piece of crap.
To start things off, the dealer that sold me the car had turned back the speedometer - I had proof - the idiot left a prior bill of sale in the glove compartment that had 8,000 MORE miles on it than the current odometer. God only knows how many other times it had been sold since then. But that dealer went out of business for - turning back odometers - what a shocker.
The car NEVER ran right. It had a mind of its own and would just stop running when it felt like it. On one of the days when it just felt like it, I just happened to be on the Kennedy Bridge (THE MAIN ARTERY between Indiana and Kentucky) at about 7:40 am (PEAK RUSH HOUR) and it decided to stop running. So I carefully got out, put up the hood as a symbol to NOT HIT ME! OK, no big deal. So everybody's giving me the finger as they pass by. I can take it. No cell phone back then so I had to wait for a cop to show up.
Well I'm sitting in this piece of crap, looking in the rear view mirror and I see it coming, oh shit ... all I can do is duck and wait for the impact ... WHAM-BLAM-CRUNCH-SMASH-GRIND-EERUNGGGGGGGG! Silence. Then HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS... More silence. Then cussing and doors slamming. Then it dawns on me, I'm not dead. They didn't even touch me! I sheepishly unfold myself from the bottom of my seat and look in my rear view mirror again. Carnage. Utter, friggin' smoking carnage. The asshole I'd seen charging up behind me had slammed on his brakes, a brand-new, big-ass Cadillac slammed into the ass of that guy and a truck slammed into him. It was a MESS. And it kind of spilled-over into the middle lane of three lanes too.
Ever seen a Cadillac Slinky? I did.
Well that stopped all three lanes of traffic on my side of the bridge. The OTHER side of the bridge stopped too because this was SO damned interesting to watch. The next thing you know, there are f**king helicopters flying overhead (I am not kidding). And in the center of ALL this HELL ON EARTH sits my ugly ass B210. And me. Untouched. With the hood up.
The cops DO show up, driving the wrong way on the bridge because, as I've said, all 6 lanes both directions are blocked. They start sorting out the mess. A stern police officer comes up to me and asks if I'm OK and what's the problem? I felt the problem was rather obvious, but I explained that my car had died and it wouldn't start. He asked if he could try. Sure, go ahead, but it won't. Of course, the little piece of shit started right up for him ... the cop gave me a look that would wither granite and told me to "Go on. You weren't involved in the accident." ... tell that to the 10,000 people sitting on the bridge wanting to kill me, sir.
Imagine for a moment, in your mind ... me getting in my ugly little blue car and driving away from it all ... leaving half of the Louisville workforce trapped on the bridge while I go my merry way. I could only imagine the news chopper above zooming in on my car as I drive away and the commentary, "There goes the asshole now ... See it on WAVE TV3 at 11."
Story's not done yet.
I felt bad. I shouldn't. I know. But I did. But what all those people that wanted to beat me to a pulp DIDN'T see was my car drive to the end of the bridge, down the ramp and stall again, coasting to a stop, this time, safely off the road.
Same cop. Hour later. Done with the bridge crap. Drives down the ramp and see's my broken down ass and gives me a ride back to Indiana with a stern suggestion to "get it fixed, Boy".
I traded the bastard in and made it someone else's problem.
I'm an artist, so a bit off-center. My latest hobby is one from my childhood: model airplanes. But as boys get bigger, so do their toys, these are radio controlled. Some are smaller, some are are pretty darn big. But there are REALLY big ones available - I want those, of course. If you're ever looking for me, I'm either downstairs rebuilding planes or out at some field flying (or wrecking) them.
I've been plagued since birth by an imaginary villain I refer to as the Crazee Magnet. These are the chronicles of the Crazee Magnet and a look inside my extremely screwed-up way of looking at life.
These are always in a constant state of repair/disrepair. So there are only two or three flying at any one time.
E-flite Carbon-Z Yak 54
My absolute favorite plane to fly.
Great Planes Reactor Bipe .61
Been building this for a year. Saito 125 with Pitts smoke muffler. Should be sweet. Long, chunky biplane 58 inches long, 48 inch wingspan.
E-flite Pitts Model 12 15e
Gorgeous plane. First "real" plane I ever bought.
Hangar 9 P-51 PTS
This is a BEAUTIFUL, easy to fly plane. Wingspan is just shy of 5 feet so it has a real prescence on the field. My favorite nitro plane.
Great Planes Shoestring
Throwback to the older days of racers. GORGEOUS, foam with sheeting wings and fiberglass fuselage. Got an electric motor in it (Skorpion) big enough to power my KIA! Not ready to fly this one yet. Taking my time on the build.
Great Planes Combat Corsair
Still under construction.
Hangar 9 Twist
Old trim scheme - MUCH better than the new one below. I have both though.
Hangar 9 Twist
New trim scheme. Boring.
E-flite F-15 Eagle
My first jet. Under construction. Retractable landing gear are WAY COOL, but are driving me nuts trying to set them up! Twin EDF motors scare our dogs. Scare me too!
If I ever get this plane finished and can learn to keep the plane above ground, I'll be flying this one as a pylon racer. Will have Thunder Tiger Pro .40 up front.
E-flite P-40 Warkhawk
This tiny plane is a BLAST! With only a 25" wing span and 21" in length, I can fly it across the street at the park. It's fun doing imaginary strafing runs on trash cans and other such targets of evil.
Under construction. Will have OS 55 up front.
Parkzone P-51, modified
Awesome foamie! I've replaced the motor with a Power 10, 40 amp esc and 2200mAh 3s. It moves.
Parkzone F4U Corsair
Constantly flying and breaking this beautiful foam bird.
Parkzone T28 480 size and UMX
Have both of these. I did most of my newbie training on the larger one. EASY plane to fly.
Great Planes Extra 330SC
SUPER FUN to fly!!! Unfortunately, I flew it into the ground. It not fly no mo.
Electrifly Yak 54
Flew great until the manufacturer's crappy clevises failed. Boom. It's a mess.
Parkzone Edge 300
Ooops. This one hit a goal post. The goal post didn't move. The plane did. In about 6 different directions. Gone, probably won't be replaced. Pretty squirrelly plane to fly.