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Sometimes The Universe Gives You A PT Cruiser

Before I start this article, if you own a PT Cruiser, don’t read this. You’ll only be enraged at the fact that you own one or the fact that I dislike these disappointments of the American car industry.

A Little About Trash And Bad Products

McDonald's trash.
McDonald’s trash is everywhere.

You’ll never see Rolex boxes just thrown around outside of a jewelry store. That goes for just about anything of quality. Trash just rarely follows with something of real value.

Low value, the trash will be everywhere. Compare an area with a high volume of low value businesses. The big box stores, fast food, check cashing stores, etc. Trash is always laying everywhere. Even in more upscale neighborhoods, this fact remains true. Trash seems to attract trash.

The PT Cruiser

The PT Cruiser is a iconic piece of trash now too. In it’s concept phase it was an exciting idea. An old hotrod style panel wagon brought to the modern world. Turn-key coolness for the masses! The artists renderings of the project were enticing.

Then, Chrysler gave the world nothing more than a compact Neon with a miniaturized replica of an old panel wagon. It sucked, but many still bought it. For a short time, they were very popular. The quality was bad and got worse with every production year.

The PT Cruiser became a cheap used car, but expensive to operate with it’s many mechanical deficiencies. In 2017, nobody wants a PT Cruiser. If you have one, you’re probably not in a good place.

Ya Prick!

If I just insulted you, feel comforted that a fellow PT Cruiser driver has already screamed, “Ya Prick!” at me.

As I crossed a well-marked crosswalk, a dirtbag in a PT Cruiser picked up speed and nearly struck me. I turned to look at him as he came to a stop a few feet from me and yelled, “I wasn’t going to hit you ya prick!”. Immediately, I swelled with anger and I just stared in this substandard fake vinyl wood stickered  wagon.

The pilot of this wondermobile had a “Beer And Titties!” trucker hat on. I’d put his haircut about 8 months overdue. He was unshaven for quite a few days with a failing goatee. He was smoking a cigarette and empty packs were laying everywhere among other trash.

As I pulled my camera up to snap a photo of this ridiculous sight, he sped off. My anger was instantly gone. This dirtball was darting around in his own self-created hell. The universe just gave him a car that could have been custom made for him.

Life Can Be Like That

It’s good to look at a dirtball wallowing in misery in his PT Cruiser. It’s a reminder that we created our own circumstances, his were just so exaggerated and compressed into this intense moment, that it was simple to get a big picture fast.  We’re all guilty of producing our own bad outcomes in some way or another.

I know this scene caused me to consider some things I complain about. Who got me there? Me. Who can change what I don’t like? Me. No revelation here, but Mr. PT Cruiser certainly brings this fact to light.

If your low quality life sucks, you’re probably attracting it. If you don’t like trash, don’t hang around areas where low quality is the norm. If you don’t like your PT Cruiser, find a way to get a better vehicle.

Preferences. Red, White, Or Blue.


Red, white, and blue trucks.
Red truck with red trim and the blue truck with the blue trim house.

Color preferences in small town America. Red, white, or blue.

This scene caught my eye when I noticed the trim of the houses matched the pickup trucks out front. It was taken in Murray City, Ohio, a nice little town with a great American Legion that’s well worth a visit.

VW Beetle At Rocky Top, Tennessee

I’ve been traveling to the mountains more often now. I have friends there and we love the area. The main purpose for going is to see them , ride motorcycles, and take photos. I just haven’t got to take the photos yet.

This photo from the mountains is just a simple antique car I found in Rocky Top, TN, but I love the Beetle’s character.

A VW Beetle with a few custom pieces.
VW Beetle in well kept condition with a few customized accents.

The Bug’s bumper, headlight covers, good hubcaps, and other things not shown in the photo, showed that someone still really cared for it. The overall condition showed that all of it’s owners had cared for it well enough to preserve it’s appearance. I’m pretty sure that this is a 60’s model, so it’s showing somewhere around 50 years of care for a budget car that didn’t tend to last very long under normal use.

Something about this car made it’s owners feel the need to take good care of it. I can only guess the situation.

I’ve noticed that interesting antiques of all sorts are in the mountains. I’m not one for buying antiques, but I love it when you come across them and they’re still being used as intended.

As a previous owner of a Volkswagen Beetle, I can attest that if these cars were loved and treated with care, they would keep going. The heat would stop and other important items may stop working, but the car could keep chugging along. They were a poor person’s friend. The owners of this one may appreciate that fact too.

A Lot Full Of Junk Jaguars

Growing up in Mount Vernon, I was around many eccentric people. My best guess is that the combination of Kenyon College, farmers, and industrial types of people brought in the inventors and other types of intelligent people that had their own ideas about what would work.

I was happy to find this Jaguar collection. It let me know that the eccentricity was still alive, even though much of the industry is leaving or gone and the farming has left the hands of many private farmers.

Antique junk Jaguar car.
Junk Jaguar sits rusting in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

I have to wonder how many city ordinances he would be breaking in so many other places in the country.  It’s a great thing where you can still do want on property that you “own”.

Collection of Jaguars in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Row of rusting antique Jaguars.
Old 4 door Jaguar awaits restoration.
Antique 4 door Jaguar awaits restoration.

I found these cars to be inspirational. I’m not sure what he’s doing with them or what the future plans are. Right now, the collection is just intriguing and interesting.

Day 68 365 Project

Convertible black Cadillac sitting in the weeds in a back alley of Newark, Ohio.
Convertible black Cadillac sitting in a back alley of Newark, Ohio.

This was my find for today, a convertible black Cadillac. What an awesome car this would be to restore. Judging from the weeds, probably not happening with this one soon, but there’s a plate, so there’s hope.

Today was the first weekday of decent weather for a long time. What a nice feeling to go out for a walk at lunch and not feel the sting of winter. The streets had quite a few more people.

I got a laugh out of a person that wanted to give me grief about my camera. In my town, just walking makes you a suspicious person. Walk to much, and you must be up to something. Walk with a camera and certainly you should be on some sort of watch list. This gentleman asked in a schoolyard bully type of way, “What are you doing? Taking pictures?”. I replied, “Yes.”. “What of?!”. “Anything I want to.”.

I don’t know what stopped me from snapping photo of the look on his face. It was one of amazement that I did not give a fuck about his position on the matter that I walk around taking photos in this little town frequently. I lost a priceless photo. Whatever stopped me this time, is going to stop me the next.

I prefer to keep to myself on a lot of things and I’m finding that to get the best photos, it’s just not possible. I am starting to get the mindset that I take photos, I take photos of whatever I want to, I don’t care what anyone thinks of that, and wherever I’m at, there’s not much anyone can do about that.

That mindset sounds easy, but for me, it’s taking a while to fully develop.