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Ellie rides again

“The young speak of the future as they have no past, the old speak of the past as they have no future”; I disagree, and Miss Ellie is a prime example.

Dad here; Charlie is worn out from her flouncing about yesterday, so I have the helm this Sunday morning at the Casa. The hummingbirds are back en masse and contesting with the yellow jackets and wasps for supremacy over the feeders (more on this epic battle on a later post), and the heat and stupidity have yet to build into another Arkansas day.

Ellie had her first real shakedown yesterday, a mixture of off road, twisty backroads, interstate, etc, everything that she would experience on a trek to Colorado(albeit on a smaller scale), and she did fantastic. That’s not to say she has her limitations, but don’t we all?

She positively screams the 80’s; no ABS, air bags, cup holders, (but not one but TWO ash trays),and no vanity mirrors. Her “sound system” consists of a crackling AM/FM, push button radio that seems to pick up an inordinate amount of
Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls and Talking Heads, with the occasional “Smells like Teen Spirit” thrown into the mix in an effort to keep fron further dating herself. She even smells like the 80’s, a mixture of eau de dust and essence of sun bleached vinyl; don’t get me wrong, her interior is immaculate, but the only way that you could increase this atmosphere is by spilling bong water under the front seat(don’t ask me how I know this).

Her suspension is also old school as well, swaying and caroming between the rumble strips like a brown pinball on 13″ wheels. If someone cuts her off in traffic, it’s akin to sitting on a hot stove; if you remain there long enough, you’ll have to learn to like it. Besides, the odds of her accelerating quickly enough to you can get close enough to throw the offender the “stink eye”, are slim to none, so you might as well just relax and act like you planned it that way.

I may have to rethink my wardrobe and start lurking at the local thrift stores in search of Members Only jackets, high top Reeboks and leg warmers; scratch that last item, as I’m way way too short and it would end up looking like I was wearing accordions on my legs. By the way, growing a Flock of Seagulls-type hairdo is also out of the question, so don’t bother suggesting it.

You would think that these would be limitations, but I think they are actually attributes; she has “soul”, which can only be gained by years of experience. Besides, 55 is the new 70; Charlie loves hanging her head out of the window up to and not above 55 MPH, and it seems that Miss Ellie likes that tempo as well, so who am I to upset the apple cart?

Like many of us reading this, it sometimes seems that we are viewing our best years in the rear view mirrors, but it’s never too late to start a new adventure; I’m sure that Miss Ellie never saw this situation coming, just as Charlie never saw her redemption from the crate arriving in the form of two Honda motorcycles. Or even myself, in the guise of first encountering a fellow rider struck down by a drunk driver and then the unlikely act of simply finding an emaciated dog stuffed in a crate and left to starve. Now here we are, wherever “here” is, on a brand new journey,destination unknown, but what matters is that we’re still moving.

It would seem that self discovery is better attained by not looking inward, but instead looking outward, always vigilant for that sometimes seemingly “lost cause”;

Service every need as it arises and you will find your ministry; just ask Ellie.

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  1. Laura Barreda Paredes

    This pic is perfect for Subaru tv commercials.

  2. Michael Steele

    Don’t sell yourself short, I think you can pull off the leg warmers!

  3. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    Great pic! What swimming hole is Charlie in?..

  4. Liz Bell Dotterer

    If you won’t do the leg warmers, then you should cut the neck off of a shirt and wear it off shoulder, like the stylin’ Flashdance guy you are. ( I saw those tank top photos) 😉

  5. Elisabeth Parrish

    Absolutely beautiful writing and philosophy! (If you don’t have AC in the vehicle, you can use my trick… Take a light colored canvas tarp and fashion hooks that can be looped around side mirrors and ropes to back bumpers on either side, but leave back glass half uncovered for view. Gives a hippie look driving down the road and embarrasses your children, but lowers the heat index by an amazing amount. Most important to anchor it well. Don’t want to wreck someone were it to go sailing middrive! Helps a lot in Florida heat, and people keep assuming that I am from Australia for some reason…Lol!)

  6. Ann Ownsby-Scott

    Love that Ellie is on the road and Charlie is such a happy dog….Love this picture. Happy Sunday!

  7. Dianne Lane

    There is so much need.. Surely you must make choices. In an effort to make my choices, I find myself in “stall” (oo often I’m afraid). But thanks to Charlie, I am encouraged to keep n keeping on. And now that 55 is the new 70, I need to get moving ’cause I’ve got lots of time left to get lots done. Love ua Charlie girl. ❤️

  8. Mollie Walls

    A great pic to go with great perspective!

  9. Luke Sherwood

    Your just like my Kiki, miss Charlie. You both love water

  10. Jan Davis

    spoken like a true philosopher….

  11. Robin D Mahan

    Miss Ellie sounds like my kind of gal! And, if peeps keep starin’, consider giving them something to really stare at. Hahaha, Happy Day you locos!

  12. Kathy Moody

    I love the picture. Thanks for the message this am. Gets me motivated for the day.

  13. Evelyn Pretty

    Ms. Ellie and Charlie need to be in a Subaru commercial!!!!

  14. Deb Reed

    look how magestic she looks in that picture. love ya charlie girl

  15. Karen Kopchick

    I just love your writings and feel myself getting lost in them. Thanks for the adventures and keep em coming !

  16. Susan Stroda

    Bravo!! Bravo!! Well said, well done, Dad and Charlie! We should ALL employ the mind set of the Casa!

  17. Annette Eakins

    Ahhh the 80’s!! flash back for sure…………. Charlie what a picture!

  18. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    “Fixing to be” is the queen’s English at the Casa, and shall henceforth be used as such; we be of one blood, ye and I

  19. Fran Scott

    You could complete the 80’s Members Only look with a Flock of Seagulls wig should producing the requisite amount of hair be genetically impossible 🙂

  20. Maria Dawybida Minerley

    “It’s never too late to start a new adventure.” Wise words. I look forward to your and Charlie’s ongoing musings. Ellie looks smashing. I’m glad she got her chance to shake it out. Wax on, my friends. Wax on.

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