in '42, I grew up in inner city Detroit; on the edge of the
section that burned in the '67 riots. (We had moved to the
'burbs 'by then.) My one and only hero was my sister, Areleene,
who was 22 years older than me. Areleene came out of the hospital
when I was a year old after three years and six operations
for TB minus one lung. Since my mother and dad were divorced,
she had an instant family to support--which she did well.
I have a great deal of tenacity, glass-half full attitude,
and positive outlook--all of which comes from Areleene.
After high school, I spent seven years as a truck driver for
the Detroit News before and while s-l-o-w-l-y getting through
college (MSU, 1966). At 20, I bought a new '62 T-Bird vert--my
first pride and joy. When not working or going to school,
chasing "skirts" and playing sports were my favorite
activities. The T-Bird was chosen over a Vette because the
Bird had a back seat! LOL! My first "go-really-fast"
set of wheels was a BSA 650 Lightning. The first time I rode
it, the guy who sold it had to hop on back and grab the clutch
to keep me from crashing through a plate glass window. Since
then I have owned six bikes (Trumphs, Bmeers, and a Honda
900F) and rode roughly 150,000 miles without a scratch on
the bikes or me.
On cars/bikes, my mechanical ability and knowledge is virtually
nil. (Though my vehicles have always been well maintained.)
On the other side, I really, really like driving and the faster
the better. I've always had a good feel for whatever metal
is under or around me as well as the roads I'm on.
The two years after college were spent as a Peace Corps Volunteer
in the Philippines. Can't say I enjoyed it but I did come
back with a strong sense of accomplishment. Upon returning
to Detroit I got into the housing business eventually going
into the development end of the biz.
In 1969 I met Sharon while still in Detroit. We dated for
a year or so before she split for a stewardess job with Delta
in Texas. Shortly thereafter my work took me to San Diego;
accepting a job in San Diego in December (think snow/ice in
Michigan) was a no-brainer! Sharon and I kept in touch and
she eventually moved to SD as well. We were married in '74
and just hit our 30th (GASP!). We moved to the Sacramento
area in '75 and built our own house in 1988 where we have
raised our two sons.
The boys and me? Think the Fraiser TV show with my sons as
the two brothers and me the dad. I'm a car/sports guy who
started dating seriously at 13. My sons could care less about
sports or cars. With girls both are considerably more casual
and develop actual friendships! Both are heavy into music
(no rap, thank God), philosophy, and plays. The older son
has the soul of a poet and is now married to a terrific girl
and figuring out a life path.
The younger just completed his third year at Cal with majors
in psychology and neuro-biology. He also sings and acts. In
high school he nailed the sadistic dentist role in Little
Shop of Horrors. He also sang the closing solo backed by 250
other singers at a regional concert. When we discover what
planet he is from and who his real parents are, we'll post
"Rat" comes courtesy of a Texas friend on a sports
collectible site. In a friendly feud (Cowdungs VS. 49ers)
he referred to me as "the rat"; it caught on. Figured
I could go with the flow and have fun or be mad all the time.
Flow/fun seemed the better path.
For anyone still awake and reading this, the Brick is my first
sports/muscle car and, basically, replaces my bikes as a fun
vehicle. I was looking for a second car and fell in luv with
the Zzzz the first time I saw it. The reputation of Japanese
reliability, and seeing the Brickyard in person, cinched the
deal. In addition to its go-fast-engine and rock-steady handling,
the car is a great cruiser, and Sharon and I enjoy weekend
trips around NorCali. Plus I like early morning solo "scoots"
on deserted roads where I can crank up both the Brick and
music such as the Hollies "Long, Cool Woman" and
The Bellemy Bros. "We Dared The Lightning".