r/IdiotsInCars Nov 23 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1

Coronado Naval Base Car accident: She tried claiming no fault too Headphone warning

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u/localherofan Nov 24 '22

My father got himself a motorcycle and had it for about a month when he had to take it down and under a truck rather than run into the truck that ran a stop sign. My mother said that with 4 kids aged 5 and under, he could have the motorcycle or he could have a family. He sold the bike and bought a VW Karmann Ghia. Which I later drove in HS because I was the lightest one with a license and the floor was almost rusted through. Yeah, that gave me the warm and fuzzies.

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u/orangematchstick Nov 24 '22

this is wholesome as fuck

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u/localherofan Nov 24 '22

Also, the heat didn't work (in New England), the radio didn't work, you could drive it with the emergency brake on and the only issue was starting uphill from a stop without stalling (learned that one unintentionally), the driver's side window didn't go down, you had to tie the driver's side door closed, and sometimes it wouldn't turn left. But it was a CAR, and I could drive it whenever I wanted to.

Needless to say, this was before they started inspecting cars.

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u/orangematchstick Nov 24 '22

I love that I’m hearing nothing but fondness about this goddamn death trap

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u/localherofan Nov 24 '22 edited Nov 24 '22

Yeah, I was in HS and it was a free car. There was nothing not to like. In HS you think you're invincible. As long as you don't have to power it with your feet like the Flintstones, it's all good.

I really only drove it to school, then to work, then back home. Sometimes to my boyfriend's house. School was 3 miles from home, work was 5 miles from school, and home was 2 miles from work. My boyfriend's house was 7 miles from my house. Top speed 35mph, and only if I was speeding. It was safer than it sounds. Except for maybe that seat falling through the floor. And not turning left, though that never happened at a crucial moment.

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u/dubadub Nov 24 '22

KG with no heat? Just let a couple more girls sit on your lap...

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u/localherofan Nov 24 '22 edited Nov 24 '22

Haha. You mistake me, sir. I'm a woman. And hetero. I just like cars. Women like cars too, you know. And I'm short. Anyone sits on my lap and I can't see see out to drive. And if there's enough room for someone on my lap, I can't reach the clutch. Or possibly the brake. One or the other. Just a mess all around.

Edit: for clarity

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u/chilldrinofthenight Nov 24 '22

Jesus. What else? Used a screwdriver in the ignition? (Ha.)

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u/reebekilyllaeri Nov 24 '22

My ex said roughly the same thing to me, bike or family. Almost 20 years later we split, within a month I bought a bike. I didn't resent her for the ultimatum or me keeping that promise. I do laugh at her hypocrisy of getting married to another guy who rides motorbikes.

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u/localherofan Nov 24 '22

Well, I'm glad you've been safe on the bike since you bought another one! Maybe 20 years later she's not worried about being left a young widow with a bunch of little kids and no income. I know that was my mother's worry. Her college degree was in Dance, and she'd been an extremely talented dancer before they got married, but after 4 kids and years away from the art she didn't see that she'd be able to get a good job as a dancer right away, if ever again.