I had one of these. An 83 GTI just like the one pictured, with the cool wheels and the funky red trim. Too bad my dumb ass sold it because the A/C didn’t work and I damn near gave myself a concussion every time I tried to get Steve-o in and out of his car seat. People with kids prefer four door cars for a reason. It’s been awhile, but trying to manage those damned car seats is hard enough without having to do calesthenics just to get in the back seat to screw with them. Now that the powers that be are requiring kids to be in car seats until they are old enough to vote, I say screw that. Give me four doors because it makes it easier to get the dogs in and out, and if I had to deal with carting rug rats around these days the rear seat DVD player sounds like a plan too.
Being a motorhead I have had many cars in my lifetime. Some magic, some tragic, some forgettable. A few of them, I wish I could have kept. The 1972 Super Beetle was one of them. The GTI of course, the 1994 Toyota truck, the 2000 Celica would have all remained in my possession if not for one thing: poverty.
Then again you can’t take it with you, and what’s the point of becoming a hoarder? Need what you use and use what you need and move forward from there.
Of course getting rid of emotional baggage is a lot harder than getting rid of stuff. I know sometimes Mom means well but I don’t need Grandma’s entire wardrobe or her entire collection of cooking utensils to remember her by. A few keepsakes are fine but I really have no use for 50 year old stockings or all that cheap crap she bought from various mail order joints. Some things I just threw away. I shouldn’t guilt trip over that. Part of living and moving on means getting rid of the things that hold us back.
Perhaps at my age I should be thinking more along the lines of the bucket list. One of those things (and I need to stop putting it off) is to get back in contact with old friends, sooner rather than later if for no other reason than I am honor-bound and will regret my neglect if I continue to put it off. I’m rather tired of being bereft of virtually all human contact. I need to hold an intelligent conversation with someone for a change. Dirty jokes and politics can only go so far.
I did get moderately good news at the Dr.’s Monday. I don’t have hepatitis or any other Really Serious Illness- just a bit of bizarre liver chemistry that is caused by diabetes. As long as I can keep my sugar down this condition should (in theory) right itself. Famous last words. Nothing about my health is routine, simple or uncomplicated. I try to starve and eat healthy when I do eat, get the 30 minutes a day of mind numbingly boring exercise in and all that and still my health sucks and I’m still working on losing that 30 or so lbs. Then you get people like Jerry who maintain just fine, all lean and mean, no diabetes, no sucking down blood pressure meds, on the Bacon-n-Natties diet, which puts me in mind of Gustavson’s Dad in Grumpier Old Men. Jerry will be like those Russian dudes who live to be 115 on vodka and cigars. I’ll probably drop dead before I’m 50 of something. While I’m at it with the bucket list I need to check into the urban legend that OSU will give one $250 if you donate your cadaver to them when you die. Sounds like a sorry bargain to me, but hey, a lot of medical students have gotten some lessons in unusual anatomy off of my living carcass. I bet my autopsy would be a real education in Murphy’s Law and what can go wrong with the human body. Too bad I won’t be able to observe my autopsy, should one be done, or even to request that Dr. G gets to do it. I’d love to hear her commentary on my abnormalities. But if someone will give me $250 so med students can have a Mutter Museum type learning aid, where do I sign up?
I just answered my own question really quickly. OSU does accept donated bodies but they don’t pay anything for them. I should do the donation thing since I was planning on getting cremated anyway. Might as well let someone learn something or at least see stuff they don’t see everyday.
I don’t know why I’ve been in such a morbid state of mind lately. So now what? Just keep on getting ready to take that “dirt nap?”