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Confessions of a mobility addict!

Posted 07-10-2008 at 08:28 AM by ws6transam
I must confess: I have some addictions. I don't know how or when they happened, but they did.

One of my addictions is the unnatural fascination with anything related to mobility. That this blog is posted on a car site is probably no surprise, and you, the reader, most likely suffer the same addiction. However mine is deep-seated: I like Trans Ams, Camaros, and most every kind of car with four wheels. However I also love motorcycles, and have had something or another in my garage for over twenty years now. Right now, it's a 1977 Honda CB750 Supersport which is a real rat bike. But it goes even further: I like mountain bikes, too. I have a lightweight aluminum framed Specialized which was designed on a SUN sparcstation, and the whole thing weighs only 14 pounds. I've also got a couple of snowmobiles for the winter and they are terrific fun. Expensive to run though, as they only get about 8 miles per gallon.

I'd LOVE to own a vintage F-86 Sabre as I think it's the sexiest aircraft ever created, but they burn about 300 gallons of JP4 an hour, and I can't afford the gas for my Jeep, much less $1200 an hour to fuel something like that.... I imagine that maintenance would be killer expensive too. So would the pilot certification, which takes 100 flight hours per year just to stay certified to fly.

I also like horses. It's the idea that you can sit on one, and it'll take you places. They are so different than cars, planes, or bikes in that they are so...organic and alive. You can feel them move under you. You can feel the moist warmth of their backs as you sit on them, especially during winter. Horses just feel good when you ride them. However, unlike the emotionless car, a horse can sometimes take you places you don't want to go. You are not the one who is ultimately in control of a horse: You can make requests and demands of the horse, but in the end, it's their brain that's running the hooves. I don't own a horse: I'd rather rent.

So, mobility is my deep-seated addiction. Oh, did you know that I recently bought a paddle boat? Yup, my mobility addiction is still growing. It's a neat little five-passenger boat that weighs only a hundred pounds. Cute little thing, built by JL industries and called the Play Mate Sun slider.
I've already flipped it upside down and started looking at that paddle, wondering how I can improve its efficiency in order to make it faster. I'm also on the prowl for a trolling motor. It calls for a maximum of thirty pound thrust, but it ought to handle 47 pounds of thrust, shouldnt it? I wonder if we can get it up on plane and do a little water-tubing behind it...

That sort of brings me to my next addiction:

Hot rodding. I just cannot seem to leave well enough alone! I've tinkered the Trans Am to the point where it needs it's roll bar. I've tinkered the Rat Bike with different sprockets, X-ring chains and completely different jetting in the carbs. I've tried nitrogen in the tires of my mountain bike, polished the ports in my snowmobiles, hand-fabricated an exhaust system for my Grand Cherokee, and even stripped the seats out of my Venture Minivan to see if it'd break into the 16-second bracket for drag racing. (It did, with a race weight of 3998 pounds.)

Oh, the addictions are too numerous to even mention. I hesitate to tell you about my addiction to firearms:

I love the smell of Blue Dot, but not as much as the smell of Winchester 760 powder... My favorite loads are 11.8 grains of blue dot behind a 136 grain .40 cal flat nose FMJ for the Glock, and 57 grains of Winchester 760 behind a 120 grain .30 cal spire point for my .30-06. The latter load will one-hole at fifty yards, and cloverleaf at a hundred. Is it related to mobility? I guess so: We're moving lead through the air at supersonic speeds. Okay, it's a stretch, but in my conversations with others who suffer similar addictions, it seems that there is a high correlation between interest in cars and guns.

I have two other addictions and these ones are probably terminal and could possibly even be characterized as a disease: Do-it-yourselfitis, and cheap-bastarditis. However, I probably should save those stories for another blog!

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JakeRobb's Avatar
So, when are you getting a boat?

Myself, I'm only addicted to four-wheel mobility. Cars fit the bill nicely.
Posted 07-10-2008 at 07:40 PM by JakeRobb JakeRobb is offline

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