Victory Lane

The object of life is to come in first
Get behind the wheel, quench your thirst
Racing the asphalt, so hot under sun
Outlasting your competition, the battle be won
The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat
The beauty of it all
Is so bittersweet
And now you are
In the driver’s seat
A whole lot of options
As life continues on repeat


#NaNoPoblano2016 Day 21



I have always admired die-cast cars because they represent a smaller version of the thing you dream about. I wouldn’t say I’m mechanically inclined to know how to fix an actual car but these small beauties were a staple of my early childhood. The realistic looking ones with the engine inside and doors that opened piqued my imagination. Diecasts are great for creating miniature photography and zooming in on a much smaller world.

WPC: Admiration

Lemons – A to Z Challenge

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

When life gives you lemon cars, avoid them like the plague

We’ve all heard about them. We’ve seen and owned some of them. Lemon cars. Cars that you buy and have great expectations for, but are soon found to be defective not long after.

Lemon cars are great pitfalls in the design of automobiles but can be seen as the precursor to the standardization of most cars today. What was once a lemon then is probably a breathy mint now.

I’ve witnessed some lemon cars in my lifetime, mainly as a spectator to my parents’ troubles. From the defective rear bumper of a Ford Taurus to an old Oldsmobile that always leaked water.

Some lemon cars from 1899 to the present:

1899 Horsey Horseless – tried to hold onto the past, at least half of it

1909 Ford Model T

1911 Overland OctoAuto – two many wheels

1913 Scripps-Booth Bi-Autogo

1920 Briggs and Stratton Flyer

1933 Fuller Dymaxion – the aluminum “fish” car

1949 Crosley Hotshot

1957 King Midget Model III

1958 Lotus Elite

1961 Amphicar

Peel Trident

1966 Peel Trident – what the Jetsons would drive

1970 AMC Gremlin

1970 Triumph Stag

1971 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Two-Door Hardtop

1971 Ford Pinto

1974 Jaguar XK-E V12 Series III

1975 Bricklin SV1 – The Lego car

1975 Morgan Plus 8 Propane – a car that Hank Hill would be proud of

1976 Aston Martin Lagonda

1980 Corvette 305 “California”

1981 De Lorean DMC-12 – one of the most iconic cars in movies, otherwise it is junk

1982 Camaro Iron Duke

1984 Maserati Biturbo

1985 Yugo GV

1986 Lamborghini LM002

2000 Ford Excursion

2001 Pontiac Aztek – Walter White

2003 Hummer H2 – all muscle on the outside, no value on the inside

2004 Chevy SSR – I remember the funny commercials for this

2006 Subaru Outback

2007 Pontiac Solstice

2015 Cadillac XTS

A to Z Challenge 2016

My Snob Radar

I have a snob radar for all things in life. Whenever something comes into my radar’s scope, a tiny blip appears, and I hear a distinct ping! in my head, telling me something’s asking for my likeness assessment. As soon as I look at that blip, I can tell if it is a friendly (green) or foe (red); a cheerful chime goes off for the things I like and a warbling siren announces a distasteful entity that must be shot down immediately before it woos me into a liking trap.

Beer is basically all the same for me whether it’s IceHouse, the cheapest I have tried, or Bud Light, The Little King of Beers? I even tried a Samuel Adams Octoberfest once and nothing too new occurred for me. Fosters? Same old cheap beer. PBR? Like landing in a mud pit and getting a mouthful. The same with an obscure one called Third Coast Beer that I received as a birthday gift, and is still sitting in the fridge unfinished. Blue Moon and Heineken were the exceptions though, truly elevating my taste in brewed beverages; their initial good tasting flavor did not let up. Basically all beer is bitter and tastes nasty after it’s been sitting out for a while, the foam washing off the top. If to say I had to cheat a little to get something I like, Shock Top is probably my favorite flavored beer followed by Mike’s. I don’t drink beer much at all so it better be something amazing for me to drink and enjoy it til the last drop. That’s rare.

Coffee has never been strong on the radar, not without adding amounts of sugar and cream to it though taking it black has been tasting better. The flavored cappuccinos, such as Irish Creme and French Vanilla, are pleasant sounds to me.

I don’t drive so being picky about automobiles is silly but if the car is messy and looks like a piece of junk my overall liking for the vehicle lessens.

You can call me a clothes horse; there are two closets and a dresser in my house full of all kinds of shirts. On certain days I don’t feel like wearing a particular tee in my closet; something has to click for me to pick out one and go with it. When shopping there is a bit of trial and error that goes along with certain designs, colors, and of course pricing. Anything that is simple and aesthetically pleasing or iconic will be on my body. I don’t like shirts that have a jumble of words on them or will be irrelevant after a while (shirts with a team’s season schedule on the back) or feature a gaudy image of an athlete on the front that shouts out to people, “Hey, everyone! I’m obvious!”

Processed turkey dinners? Learning to avoid them every time my mom throws them on the table, such as tonight…again. The same goes with hamburger helper, especially when it is dry as dust.

Movies have to go a certain way; a thrilling horror or “challenge” movie such as Saw or the Cube series where the people are put into a situation and have to fight to get out is what I seek. I like a good drama now and then, just nothing too chummy or sappy romantic. Not too big on the superhero flicks; never have seen the Batman or Iron Man movies and only saw one Superman film. I guess I prefer something I can apply my intellect to and find a deeper meaning than some flick that is cheap fun. Movies that generate a lot of hype and are the “go-to” as said by prominent, egocentric figures on television also turn me off.

Music comes in all shapes and sizes for me. I would not say I prefer one genre way more than another, it’s just the individual songs that have to be satisfying for me to want to play them over and over again. Daughtry was my first real favorite band, but after a while this has waned and other bands such as Imagine Dragons and The Killers have taken my top liking. My snob radar greatly pushes away attention-hungry or obnoxious singers such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Nicki Minaj and goes for more emotionally satisfying acts such as a couple of country/pop stars by the names of Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood.

There is so much more that my snob radar picks up, but that would surely make this post go over what I call the magic number of 1000. These daily prompts are killing me. It was fun the first few days I did it but now my I’m losing my creative edge. Why does WordPress have to resort to these mundane, boring prompts? I came very late to the post party today.

Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to be just so. What are you snobbish about?