But there came the time, several months ago, when I realized I was through with the long truck hauls, the 3,000-mile trips, and hauling the truck over the windy roads homewards from my weekly trips into San Francisco was a chore.
I wanted to see how the Fit did on curves, since a winding mountain road is about half of my driving. I talked salesman Murray Cherkas of San Francisco Honda into letting me take a Fit across the city and then down the winding block of Lombard Street, "crookedest street in the world." I took the 8 hairpin turns fast, and the car behaved beautifully. Sold.
I picked up a Honda Fit Base model yesterday. OMG!! It made me think of driving a Beemer 2002 in the '70s. The 2002 was different! Like a rabbit. And I guess things have come a long way, because this v. efficient little car reminds me of that B. Going from a truck to this car is like going from logging boots to running shoes. Like a 250 pound guy losing 60 pounds.
360 visibility, automatic windows, a USB connector (country boy with vacuum cleaner here). There are a dozen things that delight me about this car. Biggie is it isn't as tiring as truck driving. With the beamer, I could drive all day and arrive rested — er, well — not wasted.
With taxes, fees, everything, it was just under $18K. 3 years, or 36,000 miles, they'll fix anything that goes wrong. 5 years, they'll fix a lot of things.
I'm in auto heaven. Can't help it. California kid. Driving since age 14. As evil as it is, I like rollin down the road. Good music. Thoughts rolling in. Cruising country roads looking for barns, indigenous, tuned-in buildings of all types to photograph. Arriving rested when I drive somewhere on assignment. Easy parking. Twice as good mileage as truck.
Poppa's got a brand new rig.
Music del día: Right now, "Nobody's Business," BB King and Ruth Brown duo that just cooks — they're having a good time up there. Earlier, "Bama Lama, Bama Loo" by Little Richard, little known, but maybe my fave LR song (yes, I'm sure I've said this before). Last, but not least, "Leave My Little Girl Alone" by Travis Tritt. Whoo!