While I’ve got you here, let me tell you about my Datsun



Behold my virgin post on my new Blog called, 'While I've Got You Here.'  I’m not going to lie, I sat through about 8 hours of Youtube videos and one tedious Udemy course just to get this far.  I have no fricken idea if this looks like it’s “supposed” to look but, despite my fragile design skills, I’m feeling cozy here. I’m also feeling a little nervous, like the first time someone handed me the key to my own car – a shitbox, if ever there was one.  She was a Datsun F10, red mixed with rust, with faded go-faster stripes and a stick shift. That’s quite a sexy phrase for manual, isn’t it? 

I purchased that car in a state of 18-year-old, obtuse goofiness. I was not only incapable of driving a stick shift, I didn’t even know that driving a stick was any different from driving an automatic.  I forked over $1,300 in hard-earned Friendly’s Ice Cream waitress tips to the giddy man who sold it to me (that man knew a sucker when he saw one) and forced that poor little car to grind the entire 1.8-mile journey to her new home in first gear. She handled it like a damned trooper.  I remember being a little peeved at the little red trooper when, at a particularly hairy and nearly suicidal X-shaped crossing point on the Tobin Bridge, she almost ended both of us. I was heading up the ramp from Storrow Drive, summoning up all my native Masshole driving bravado to cross over onto Route 1 north during the madness of evening rush hour. I down-shifted, right at the crossing point, and the whole stick, knob and all, came off in my hand in a burst of dried-out plastic.  What’s a girl to do?  I jammed that thing back in, hit the gas and kept on trucking.  Story of my life… 

The photo above is not my exact little, red F-10, but it’s pretty close.  I miss that car.

5 comments

  • GDK

    GDK Exeter, NH

    LOL, I had to reply as my first REAL car was a DATSUN 210 that I bought off the lot when I was a kid and knew nothing, yet I didn't know I knew nothing at the time. And I am sure the salesman laughted at me to as he simply pocketed his commission and ran off to get his next rube into another aluminum tin can! Fortunately for me, I have learned enough in my life to now know what I don't know. I am reading your book on habits, look forward to it. Best of health!

    LOL, I had to reply as my first REAL car was a DATSUN 210 that I bought off the lot when I was a kid and knew nothing, yet I didn't know I knew nothing at the time. And I am sure the salesman laughted at me to as he simply pocketed his commission and ran off to get his next rube into another aluminum tin can!

    Fortunately for me, I have learned enough in my life to now know what I don't know.

    I am reading your book on habits, look forward to it.

    Best of health!

  • TK

    TK NC

    Too bad Click and Clack the Tappet Bros. aren't still on the radio (RIP Tom Magliozzi) out of Boston to read your debut blog over the airwaves. Maybe the car ain't a classic but the story sure is.

    Too bad Click and Clack the Tappet Bros. aren't still on the radio (RIP Tom Magliozzi) out of Boston to read your debut blog over the airwaves. Maybe the car ain't a classic but the story sure is.

  • Eileen

    Eileen

    I would love to hear that read over the airwaves. I guess it is a very Boston story. Thanks for commenting!

    I would love to hear that read over the airwaves. I guess it is a very Boston story. Thanks for commenting!

  • Donna Starr

    Donna Starr San Diego, CA

    Fun memories of your first car! My first car was a 1965 Corvair Monza - bought for $50 from my housemate's boyfriend, an economics major from Iran who had to return to Iran. I drove that little blue car for several years, finally selling it when it for a profit - $250, when it was running on about 2 cylinders. I still see them occasionally at car shows and smile seeing them restored to showroom shape. I even saw one in Cuba, the same color as mine and in far better shape!

    Fun memories of your first car! My first car was a 1965 Corvair Monza - bought for $50 from my housemate's boyfriend, an economics major from Iran who had to return to Iran. I drove that little blue car for several years, finally selling it when it for a profit - $250, when it was running on about 2 cylinders. I still see them occasionally at car shows and smile seeing them restored to showroom shape. I even saw one in Cuba, the same color as mine and in far better shape!

  • Enrico Caruso

    Enrico Caruso Berlin, Germany

    I never saw headlight eyebrows like this in my life. Uuh, uuh ..... That was only for the US market, I think.

    I never saw headlight eyebrows like this in my life. Uuh, uuh .....
    That was only for the US market, I think.

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