Last time I was here I complained about having the winter time blahs. I didn’t mention I also came down with a good case of car fever. Spring like weather or maybe just a little sunshine cures the blahs, but the only known cure for car fever is, shall we say, expensive. You can’t let an illness like that go untreated so I blew the budget.
I didn’t just run out and buy something, I did a lot of research and assessed my wants and needs, ignoring the fact that I didn’t need a new car, I reached a compromise. I wanted a new SUV with lots of bells and whistles. I had a perfectly good SUV, a perfectly good pickup and an old fun to drive Jeep.
A one person household really doesn’t need three vehicles. I seldom haul anything bigger than a sack of groceries and I have a trailer or two for the occasional big load; the pickup was the odd man out. I really don’t need that old Jeep but did I mention it is really fun to drive.
I found a good home for the SUV and traded the pickup for a new Jeep Grand Cherokee with lots of bells and whistles. I am now a one person two Jeep household, I know one of them is a real Jeep, the other one needs to live with me a while and pass a few tests. It has only been here about three weeks but I believe it has found a home and can proudly wear the Jeep nameplates.
I am a little nervous about life without a pickup; I have had one for the past 45 or 50 years and it is just kind of understood that a redneck needs a pickup. So far I haven’t missed the pickup. I wish I could say the same for the tailgate, I have already needed that thing two or three times.
If I would have included the tailgate in my assessment I probably would still be a three vehicle household. Tailgates do so much more than just keep things from falling out of the back. I needed to clean the mud off some shoes, I always sat on the tailgate and did that. The next day I needed to change from some muddy boots to clean shoes: I missed that tailgate again.
Those two little incidents started the wheels turning. I always do my chainsaw and weedeater maintenance on the tailgate, over the years I have used and abused tailgates for untold numbers of projects.
I have spent many pleasant hours sitting on the tailgate with good friends or maybe just casual acquaintances, swapping stories and enjoying life. I have even spent some time there alone reflecting on the past and envisioning great things for the future.
I have heard, the perfect redneck summer evening is to get a six pack, sit on the tailgate with your significant other and watch the bug zapper. I never did that but many years ago we had a bug zapper.
I never considered removing the tailgate from any of my pickups. I won’t tell the entire story but I knew about a cantankerous boss that didn’t have a tailgate in his pickup, he also had a safe with wheels on it. He had two real smart eighteen year old employees. He sent those guys in his pickup without a tailgate to get the safe with wheels. It was a long time ago but I still remember one way to bust open a safe.
I think I will add a tailgate to my possessions and it will be attached to a pickup; probably just an old clunker.
Did you ever lose your keys, wallet or purse, or maybe the family pet? Remember the search and the feeling of accomplishment and relief when you found the lost thing? Finding what you lost isn’t always a happy occasion.
EXAMPLE: I don’t know if I mentioned it but a year or so ago I lost a significant amount of weight (OK, I bragged about it to the point of being ridiculous). Well I have found all that weight I lost and I am not happy about it; guess I’ll just have to find a little willpower and lose it again. I promise I won’t brag this time and just maybe I will be smart enough not to find it.
For the past week or so I have had the lyrics (actually the title) of an old Kris Kristofferson song on my mind.
“Lovin’ You Was Easier than Anything I’ll ever do again”
5-25-’47 to 1-22-’12
Love you babe, still miss you every day.
Good Night and God Bless.