Saturday, December 08, 2007

A Confederate Bimmer In Jack Frost's Court...


That was the first time I've ventured north of the Mason-Dixon line since 1994. Obviously the weather gods were aware that those are not actually "all-season" tires and were lying in wait for me. Thank goodness for traction control.

And now it's just about time to go make the donuts. More this afternoon. After I nap.

17 comments:

The Duck said...

Don't touch the gas or the brakes & you'll do fine

Ross said...

Just remember that Newton's laws STILL hold in snow... all wheel drive only makes you GO; it does not make you STOP.

Oh, and welcome to my world. (I live in MA; we've been getting snow showers all week. Just enough to weed out the drivers who've forgotten about snow in the last 8 months, not enough to do anything useful like make a snowman.)

Wistful Hoosier said...

Kin I sleep with yer car?

OA said...

"...all wheel drive only makes you GO; it does not make you STOP."

Seems she managed to 'go' and 'stop' just fine without it.

Snow's just fine when you can sit on the porch and drink tea made from green pine needles, honey, lemon and bourbon. It's only fun to drive in if you have the time to let all the idiots find the ditch before heading out.

Dr. StrangeGun said...

Reminds me of tooling around Minneapolis' suburbs in January '00 in my Tbird.

Tam said...

"Just remember that Newton's laws STILL hold in snow... all wheel drive only makes you GO; it does not make you STOP."

Who said anything about all-wheel drive? The Zed Three is RWD.

I was just happy for the traction control. :)

Roberta X said...

The Zed Three is kewl

...IMHO, nacherly.

Ben said...

Glad you made it home in one piece.

Jenny said...

Wow.. you went to Yankee country like.. willingly? Hunh. Oh well, takes all kinds. ;)

So far as the ice driving thing - yeah - really makes you wonder why science fiction is so in love with floaty cars. Not having to worry about a wind correction angle on the highway is a good thing, I'm thinking.

Tam said...

"Wow.. you went to Yankee country like.. willingly? Hunh. Oh well, takes all kinds. ;)"

Talking funny seems to be the only Yankee vice in which Indianans indulge. Well, that and snow.

OA said...

I hear the mullet's held on there, like big hair in Jersey and Oklahoma. "Build it to Jesus, honey! Build it to Jesus!"

Tam said...

Do you understand? I went two whole days without hearing "y'all"! The nearest Waffle House was 180 miles away!

Roberta X said...

Noooo, there's one over by th'airport. We're [i]Hoosiers[/i], y'know; think of us as a kind of oblast of De South. Why, there's even black-eyed peas in the markets as New Year's approaches! See? We're civilized!

Anonymous said...

Tam: We're referred to as "HOOSIERS" as in "Who's There?" when a musket was poked through the hole in the door of the log cabin when unannounced visitors arrived late at night.

Little has changed in almost two centuries that's why I like being a native in the basketball/open wheel auto racing state.

All The Best,
Frank W. James

Anonymous said...

Nothing a good set of relatively skinny snow tires couldn't cure.

Trust me on this, I'm originally from Quebec, with good winter tires RWD is prefectly fine in snow. _If_ you take modest care in how you drive. (FWD an AWD are easier though.)

Hey, until FWD and AWD drive became more common inthe 70's EVERYONE drove RWD in the Frozen north, with no traction control, and somehow we all made it to work and back through the snow storms.

(That and municipalties with serious snow clearing equipment.)

But I agree it's not the "getting going" that worries me down south in Yankee land, it's the jerks who haven't realized stopping & turning is waay harder.

Roberta X said...

I drove MGBs though several bad Winters, perfectly sure-footed cars as long as you kept your wits about you.

Which is the trick to most things.

Let us note our Inrepid Traveller had not a bobble on her trip, despite life-long unfamiliarity with the traps of the Yankee climate. See? Havin' a functioning brain rocks!

Ross said...

Tam, that commend about AWD was more a general snark at the idiots up here who seem to think it's a magic talisman. Personally, I drove for many years with rear wheel drive cars... and I think that FWD and AWD are an auto industry excuse to jack up the prices of cars. I HATE FWD - seriously hate it.

I miss my old Chevelle station wagon. 350 motor, turbo 350 tranny and it ran just find in snow, thankyouverymuch.