Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Tokina AF 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 for Nikon
Date: Jan 15, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2011
|This is my husband's car. Its story is a part of our family's own personal folklore, and it goes like this:
Once there was a 16-year-old boy who bought an old car in pieces for $10, intending to use it as parts for his 1965 Dodge Polara. Except when he found out what he'd bought, he decided to use the 1965 Polara as parts for it instead. The boy worked on his car while other boys played Atari. He worked on the car while other boys took girls to the prom. He worked on the car until it ran pretty well, and he painted it with black primer from rattling cans, and he drove it to work and to the Navy and home from the Navy and to run errands for his grandmother and to take his fiancée on dates.
Then the boy, who was of course a man by this time, put the car away until he had the time and money to fix it right. He bought a part here and a part there until he had boxes and boxes of all kinds of parts. He learned to do things like welding and cutting and block-sanding and sandblasting. He learned about self-etching primer and metal body filler. He and his son, who had become quite a big boy himself, spent dark evenings and long summer days making the car's body juuust right. While he did this, he worked side jobs and hauled scrap metal and saved money here and there until he had enough to pay a guy to put paint on his car.
Then one day he took the car home, all red and black and shiny, twenty-five years after he had brought it in pieces it to his high-school auto body shop, where people had laughed at him.
I don't think they would be laughing now.
My husband is 41 years old, but when I look at him this weekend, I see every Christmas every kid ever dreamed of written all over his face.
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