An affectionate guide--complete with field notes, illustrations, and authentic geezer stories--written by a wise and experienced amateur naturalist and geezer enthusiast.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
ALL GEEZERS LOVE OLD PICKUP TRUCKS . . .
in fact, they think of old vehicles as investments and some old duffers can't have too many old cars and trucks around to work on -- someday. If you're out driving around and see a small house surrounded by unmowed grass growing up around several old cars and trucks, so that it looks like a debris-recruitment program instead of a yard, you'll know you're in geezer country. Actually repairing their vehicles may never happen, because the simplest task, one like fixing a leaky faucet, can take days and require an audience. Such a project might include seeking the advice of every other old guy in the county, often over coffee. And while many geezers do keep themselves constructively occupied, others don't do much of anything but talk -- about fixing one of those old trucks, or patching a leaky roof, or just maybe going to Alaska some day. These are the ones who play horseshoes and get quite good at it, too, and only go to family reunions where they can play a game or two out back. But I have digressed from the subject of geezers and old pickup trucks. Sometimes they will give a favorite old pickup a pet name, like OLD BLUE or BETSY. He might name his truck after a former sweetheart, one who never knew her status as his girlfriend. I've known more than one Montana geezer who did not, like others do, install an engine block heaters in his truck. Instead, on sub-zero days he will risk building a fire under under his truck to get it started.