Saturday, September 21, 2013

Just like an old girlfriend

We had stopped in Tularosa for a bathroom break and to buy some pecans.  At our age the bathroom breaks are an important part of the travel planning.  While Brenda and I were doing other things, Ray happened to notice this 1955 Mercury in the parking lot.  Most people would just admire the very well preserved vehicle and go on their way.  However, seeing this vehicle meant much more to Ray than an admiring look over.   Ray's car when he came to Wichita to go to WSU in 1964 was a duplicate of this one.  I know this, because this is the car he drove when we started dating.  It looks the same, even down to the strange green color of the interior.  I do have to say that this car is in better shape than Ray's was 49 years ago.
Over the years I have made the comment that I didn't fall in love with Ray because of his car.  To be honest Mercury never had the cult following that the 1955 Chevrolet did.  But looking at this car, I will have to admit that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was when I was 18.

Just Us and our Foil Hats

 We went to Ruidoso with Ray's brother Marvin and his wife Brenda a bit over a week ago.  Neither of them had been to that part of New Mexico, so we got to show them all the places that we love out there.  We all had a great time.  The foil hats represent the knowledge that once you get old enough, you don't care what other people think about you.  Brenda and I were talking about going to the UFO Museum and decided we NEEDED these caps. Foil hats are amazingly easy to make.  Everyone should have one for their own.  I think ours are still in the back of the Durango.  Ray was not very excited about the prospect of taking these pictures.  I had to go into the museum and encourage him to come out.  When we got back out, Brenda had convinced four young men to take our picture for us.  Three of them borrowed the hats and we took their pictures too.  Not just the old folks can be silly after all.