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Day 10 update

I am still not drinking and it’s been since Christmas! Today is the first day that i’ve really experienced a good bout of depression since I quit. I woke up late this morning, i feel super tired and just scatterbrained. I know that this will pass and hope that I can find some new meaning in my life soon… I’m going to try going to a gathering of friends this weekend as a non-drinker. I’m actually a little on the fence but we have kids to drop off and pick up so I would need to stay sober either way, which i think will help in this situation.

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100 Days of change…

100 Days of…

Today is January 1, 2018 and I am the only one awake in the house. The day after Christmas was the day that I finally realized that I had to quit drinking alcohol like I was in my 20’s. The years of binge drinking had finally caught up with me after way too many nights blacking out or just not remembering what I said or did. I had done some stupid things and it was time to make some changes to my life that would bring about positive change.

As I was growing up through middle and high school I had plenty of opportunities to drink since I hung out with some of the older kids but I always took pride in telling them I didn’t drink or do any kind of drugs. (to the point where some people called me “high on life” in an attempt to make fun of me) It was all good, I was still the life of the party and no one seemed to mind that I didn’t partake in whatever they did. It wasn’t until my 17th Birthday that ever tried drinking.

My cousin worked with me and I talked her into getting me “Something that tastes good” from the the Liquor store and ended up with Gin & Tonic. She told me how much to mix it and let me off work early for my birthday to go to a party at my friend’s house. (This was also the night that an old black man got into my car as I was about to leave work and asked for a ride, which I gave him, but that’s another story.) I finally arrive at the party and mix my first drink in a fancy glass for my birthday and take the first sip… How horrible?! It tasted like rubbing alcohol with fizz and not what I had expected at all! I decided I’d try mixing it with every southern teenager’s favorite soda, Mountain Dew. I could now tolerate the gin and begin drinking with my friends. I drank about half of that pint in about an hour resulting in vomiting and sickness I had never felt before! It was the first and last time I drank in a long time, probably until I was close to being 21.

Once I was of legal drinking age, I learned to binge drink on the weekends and function during the week like a regular person. This was the pattern I followed basically for the next 20 years.

I am hoping to find a new clarity and sense in my life that doesn’t revolve around partying or getting drunk. I am planning on taking on a more active lifestyle in order to try to reverse some of the damage that I’ve caused my body over the past 40 years. One hundred days sounds like a good number to start with to make some positive changes for myself and family!

Greg – Day 1

Art on the Road

Have you ever grown tired of being plain and boring? Have you ever tried to fit in with all the rest of the population? How about designing your car body to stand out among the plain one? I think that where art comes in for a ride, don’t you think?

Art is not necessarily limited to a flat rectangular canvas but it can be on anything such as cars and humans. I am sure that almost everyone experiences not being able to find their own cars in the parking lots because many other cars look almost exactly the same apart from the license plates, of course. So, some decided to be different, not annoyingly but creatively.

Here are some of the astonishing artwork on car bodies. You can make them or have them done by anyone who are artists if you have the right materials.

tattoocar - Copy

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Porsche

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If you ask me how would I want to do it to my car, I would probably say “Galaxy”!!! Isn’t it spectacular?? I love this cool piece of artwork and will definitely pay anyone to do it for me or do it myself after a lot of practices.

galaxy

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So, that’s all folks.

Stay tuned for more!!! Bye!!

 

 

Volvo. Sweden’s boxy family cars.

rear-volvo

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When I was a senior in high school I started singing in a rock band and needed something bigger than a VW Bug to haul around people and equipment. In a move I still kind of regret today, I traded my ’63 Beetle for a 1975 Volvo 240 Wagon. Little did I know that it would start a lifelong obsession with Sweden’s boxy family cars. The car above is my ’83 242 that I drove from 1997-2003. I traded a VW Scirocco for this one as well! I’ve had Hondas, Nissans & Volkswagens but I still come back to Volvo for their reliability, comfort and safety. Speaking of safety…

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The video above blew me away! It’s hard to believe that it could still move after everything they put it through. I really doubt a lot of other cars could take that abuse and still be somewhat drive-able. Currently I drive a Volvo V70 Wagon with over 250,ooo miles and still going strong. I don’t know how long my affinity for these boxy cars will last but I know that Volvos will last forever.

volvov70wagon

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Art of car shows

It’s easy for automobiles to become an obsession. For me I’m drawn to the lines, the shapes, the beauty and art that becomes a vehicle. From the round curves of a Porsche to the boxiness of a Volvo, I try to see the beauty in the engineering. The same or more can be said for custom vehicles. These cars reflect the owner’s visions as well as respect the original design and intent of the machine. There are thousands of custom features that can be added to a car that it all comes down to taste and style. Some of the most stylish and best customized cars in the world are on display every year at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I was fortunate enough to attend in 2016 and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen!

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As part of my job I get to travel to Car Shows up and down the east coast. Most of these shows are nothing like SEMA as far as size and quality of cars. The car shows I go to are more like swap meets for parts and cars for the average auto enthusiast. Here’s a little taste of the Car Corral at a car show in Moultrie, Ga.

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My 1st VW Beetle

Growing up around old cars I always thought my first car would be a Chevy muscle car of some sort. It turns out that I fell in love with Volkswagens instead! When I was 15 a friend of mine got a 1972 Bug and I was drawn to the simplicity of the design. I was also drawn to them because they are easy to work on and have tons of upgrade parts. The car below was my first car, a 1973 standard Beetle. The transmission didn’t stay in 4th gear and it leaked oil pretty bad but I had some great times in it! One day while driving to work I ran into the back of a Ford that slammed on brakes. Luckily no one was hurt although my bug didn’t make it.

73bug

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Here’s a shot of the damage. It was too extensive to try to fix, especially when you could get another one for $400.00 back then! I did save the engine and whatever other parts I could. Shortly after the accident I bought my second VW, a 1963 Beetle (which i wish i still owned).

bugdent

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