The Open Road  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
10/1/2005 10:01 am

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The Open Road

So this weekend, dear reader, I have been enjoying the thrills of pressing on the ol' gas pedal and zooming off along the open road.

Okay, those of you who know the delights of Croydon, Sutton and Purley will be aware that "open road" is rarely a term applied to those areas but it's all relative

As some of you will know, Son of Quiet is spending the weekend with me and it's one of those weekends that involves him being ferried from A to B, from B to C and then, in rapid succession through D to Y until finally he reaches Z (which is his Mum's house) tomorrow night. It's an itinerary which, with the best will in the world, can't be done on public transport.

I have a confession that may surprise some of you, especially (if the stereotypes are accurate) any Americans reading this: I don't have a car. To be frank, I don't usually need one: I would never dream of driving to work in central London and the area where I live is blessed with an excellent public-transport network. My social life is usually easily managed by public transport too. It rarely seems a nuisance not to have a car.

But this weekend I borrowed one to let me meet Son of Quiet's schedule. And, I admit, it's a joy to be back behind the wheel.

What is it that makes the return to driving so much fun? Is it the sense of control over my own little world? Is it the sheer sense of power? Is it the fact that I can turn Virgin Radio up LOUD and sing along with no complaints? I can't honestly say it's one thing or the other; I only know that, as I accelerate away from the lights, there's a little flutter in my heart and a lightness to my spirit, however sad that may seem!

There are practical issues too, of course, in terms of convenience ... but stuff convenience: the simple truth is that I enjoy driving.

Not that it'll become much of a habit. I'll hand the car back tomorrow night and I'll return to public transport - for the time being, at least. It's just not cost-effective for me to have a car right now with my life-style. And, of course, as petrol prices threaten to sky-rocket (and, dear Americans, if you think your gas prices are high you should come over here!) my decision looks ever more sensible.

But right now and for another 24 hours I shall enjoy being the master of my own destiny - at least as far as transport is concerned. Strap yourself in, Tonto - the open road awaits!


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PailsDiverHonks 55F

10/1/2005 8:58 pm

have fun! I do have a car and I did spend $45.00 today filling up the joy

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
10/2/2005 11:47 am

<<<<< LOVES DRIVING... Now to wait til our sodding government does something about the prices... It's up to a whopping 1.445 for a litre.

hotandhorny107 58F

10/2/2005 2:24 pm

I know there is a vast difference in the prices compared to those you pay across the pond. I actually recently told the attendant at the gas station that he should kiss me, because I like to be kissed when I am getting f*cked. He laughed for a long time with that one...

AlbertPrince 58M

10/3/2005 1:30 am

I went to the doctors last week with a steering wheel stuck down my underpants.
"What's that?" asked the doc.
"I don't know" I replied, "but it's driving me nuts"

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/4/2005 8:18 am

Al ... Thanks for that - I needed a good laugh

Georgia ... Short and sweet, eh?

Greeneyes, EE, HotandHorny ... The price is one of the things that makes me happy not to have a car. If I had one I know I'd use it!

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
10/4/2005 10:33 am

yupperz @ Q.... prices very very high...

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