It’s time to let the poet out. Yes, that’s right, the poet. Last week in Canada was cold and the future forecasts were all calling for snow. As of today, they were right. But last week, we had a few days left to drive. While driving those last days, I started thinking about how much I will miss her this winter. I figure that if I can wrench on the MGB, I can also write a poem about her. So, this is my poem, titled, My Winter MG Blues:
My Winter MG Blues
By Peter Sanderson
I put up my hood, as the temperature falls,
Its November eleventh, and old man winter calls,
Hours and days but not weeks remain,
I know very soon; I will go insane.
I get into my B and I drive away,
Through country roads and on the highway,
Dressed in down jacket, its above freezing,
Yet the colder it gets, the engine is more pleasing.
Is this the last drive?
Oh, how will I survive?
When she gets put to bed,
To sleep like the dead.
Weeks, and months will slowly go by,
And I’ll think about her often, as I let out a sigh,
Touch her indeed, with a wrench in one hand,
As I start the winter work, my list will surely expand!
The diff and the springs, they all need attention,
Out comes books, videos, and my complete collection,
YouTube and friends, will guide me at times,
As I wrench away, fixing time’s mechanical crimes.
But take heart, spring will soon be around,
And she’ll emerge from her cocoon, with improvements profound,
That chorus of Stebro will be heard once more,
As sparks ignite petrol, and neighbors hear her roar.
So, winter hum drum, the season of blues,
No driving my MG, or worrying about a fuse,
There’s still a day or two ahead, and I’ll drive every last minute,
But sooner than later, she will go away, I have to admit it.
David Masse said:
Hmmmm… a poem??
I thought… to be honest… CRINGY?!?!
Then I read it.
Not bad at all. Not cringy in the least. The passion it exudes. The pain, hope, stoicism.
I actually like it.
Where can I find someone to obsess in a warm garage, with tools, on my Mini Cooper Cabriolet????
Is there such a lonely pathetic soul out there?
If you’re reading this, and you are hankering for a Mini to improve over the long cold winter months… like Peter and his “B”, call me.
Peter Sanderson said:
Here you go, the number for that (if you figure it out) is 435-769-6464 🙂
David Masse said:
Oh dear… you said I could easily solve it… I was sweating, what if I couldn’t??? Oh the shame, the shame…
So I first thought, Google it! Then I thought, that was definitely cheating. Only slightly less shame.
So I wrote the number down, and thought about it…
I thought how would I encode a message in a phone number, in a way that an average person could decipher readily enough?
Ahhhh… the telephone keypad, that might be it.
So I wrote the number down vertically in my note book, and in 4 columns to the right of the numbers, I wrote down the corresponding letters.
Then I went to work finding the message.
First “I’D L…” nope.
Then “HELP (looking good) MY (beginning to see where this is going) MINI!
Peter you were right, I was able to decode it. What a confidence booster, thank you.
Let’s stop here, I’m not as smart as you might think.
Oh… now I Googled it… not helpful at all.