I want to spend more time doing gearhead stuff. Checking out cool machines, getting to know the people who built them, seeing what’s possible when you get a couple next level gearheads united on a shared project – that sort of thing. But what else do I want from life?
Look at that picture again. Which did you notice first – the Beemer or the hot rod? The front mount intercooler or the chopped roofline? Or did you notice the size of the house? I actually went back around the block to get this picture the other day. Why? Because it reminded me of something.
The global economy feeds on blind consumerism. Everything is getting bigger – bigger houses, bigger vehicles, bigger meals, bigger waistlines. Bigger isn’t necessarily better. We know this, but we’re constantly told we need bigger and better to be happy. They Live, after all.
I wouldn’t expect to see either vehicle above at the local Cars & Coffee clone – but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did, either. Beemer and hot rod reflect true passion for automotive art, style, and performance. The former made more ultimate through the inclusion of forced induction, meaning the owner is either fearless or insane. The latter something out of nothing; gearhead synergy – a sum greater than the total of its parts – confirming said lack of fear.
What you don’t see in the picture is the motorcycle parked in front of the hot rod, and the newer F150 parked on the street. I’m thinking: small house equals low mortgage equals more mod money. And if it turns out its a couple buddies sharing the rent, even better.
McMANSIONS IN THE SKY
We have pretty basic needs – food, clothing, shelter. There are a lot of people out there who would have us believe we need big meals at fancy restaurants, fancy labels on our clothes, and big McMansions. They tell us small houses are for poor, unsuccessful people. That picture up there reminds me this is just another bullshit stereotype.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a tiny house and a couple fairly done-up vehicles parked out front than a fat mortgage with a stalled project in the garage. This guy – or these guys, I guess – have the right idea. We need a warm, dry place to sleep, eat, and clothe ourselves. Beyond that, it’s all about what we want. Do we want to look important or BE important?
Just a little something to think about on your Monday. What’s important to you?