Cloudy With a Chance of Mustangs

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The annual St. Louis Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held on Saturday, 3/12.  Being a rain or shine event meant no complaints about the forecasted weather.  A forecast that proved to be correct on the only day parade folks needed it to be otherwise.  I was one of those folks.

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As everyone knows, I was experiencing a great deal of anxiety for the following reasons:

  1. Driving a dirty car for all to see.
  2. Being surrounded by thousands of people.
  3. Driving to unknown locations.
  4. Not really knowing anyone.
  5. Having people close to the car.
  6. Tying balloons to my car.
  7. Being close to other cars.

(The list is much bigger in my head!)

My Mustang started off the morning spot free.  I had driven the ZX2 the whole week, keeping my white pony in the garage.  I had detailed it twice in one week.   Before the parade began I went through three of my best car drying towels.  Anxiety #1 averted. It drizzled off and on throughout the event, but spectators saw  nothing but amazing Mustangs as we drove two-by-two in the route.

A big thanks to husband Brad who agreed to ride shotgun and help me through all situations.  He had many important duties, including #3 and #6 listed above.

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While those were expected, a major stresser just popped up without warning.  Brad had to jump out and retrieve green beads that had gotten stuck in the tread of my back tire. Round and round they went as I envisioned a monstrous strand of 1″ diameter beads causing havoc to my paint. (Of course this was not the case.)  I’m quite surprised they were able to hang on being sure at least $40 per tire had been spun off here and there along the parade route.  Let’s be clear the tires were merely spinning quickly in an excessive acceleration fashion.   There was no ‘burnout’ present for I am nothing if I am not a rule follower.

Anxiety #4 was quickly dispelled.  The other members of our group, The Mustang Club of St. Louis, were so friendly, welcoming, and helpful.  It’s obvious I’ve joined a group filled with enthusiasts that share a common passion for the Ford Mustang.

This also erased anxiety #7.  We were all in the same boat, have the same pride, and take care of our cars.

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It was a new experience and a great day.

Thanks Bill C.  for talking me into participating.  I loved having people snap pictures of the cars, clapping as we drove by, and Yes, I would do it again.

Here are a few more pics!

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On The Road

I am very proud of my friend Mart from across the pond.  Please read his amazing story, visit his blog, and come to know the journey of new life breathed into a Mustang, a 1966 project from One Man and His Mustang.  Source: On The Road

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Ways to Say I Love You

It has been a great Valentine’s Day.  Here are just a few highlights that made my day so special.

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Husband contributions included flowers, a card, and a delicious lunch at Smokee Mo’s BBQ.  Brad also shoveled the drive-way, took me to the antique mall (no, not to leave me there) and went with me to the grocery store…  Day was also made when I found a die-cast Mustang and VW bus prompting me to send a pic to VW son Jon in Springfield.  Being a new member of The Mustang Club of St. Louis inspired me to think of a Mustang Roundup. Hence the picture of my Hot Wheel collection.  I know this is all about me, but kudos to me for not sharing a picture of my Brisket Nachos!  I hope everyone enjoyed their day.  Sending all my love to friends and family here, there, and everywhere.

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Jedi Skills

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This isn’t so much about skills as it is my comfort level.  Believe it or not, I’ve joined a club.

On Thursday evening (at son Jon’s suggestion) I ventured a pretty far distance from the house to join a car club…The Mustang Club of St. Louis.  And I am so very glad I did.  What a great bunch of car enthusiasts.  Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, making me feel right at home.  There was a lot of information to take in, but President Mike and the others did a fabulous job.  I especially love that they are involved in charitable work.  I’ll pass on information as I learn more details.

There are a few car shows coming up that I’m very excited to promote and be a part of.  The first one is on April 9th at The Museum of Transportation.  I’ll share more specific details on this and lots more as time gets closer.

Now on to the Jedi Skills part.  Upon leaving the meeting, President Mike gave me two window decals.  I waited until today to even think about putting one on my Mustang.  The more I thought about it, the more positive I became.  45 minutes later I was able to look at my handy work.  Not bad, I thought.  I must confess however, that while at one time getting in and out of the back seat intimidated me, I am now a Master Jedi at it.  In addition, my skill level has gone from zero to Jedi Knight ranking in the art of using a level. Yes, I used a level to put a simple decal on my window!

Pssst.  I now know why President Mike gave me two.

Please visit the clubs website on link above. I’m hoping to see my car on it very soon.

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Man in the Mirror

Here is a video Jon created!  This documents a photo shoot right after he got his 2016 GTI and our shared love for cars.  Enjoy

 

Song credits: Pretty Pimpin by Kurt Vile, produced by Matador Records, Copyright 2015

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Making Tracks

This is a shot I’ve been wanting to get for quite awhile.  Waited for good sun and the nerve to block the entrance to a small neighborhood located south near Pevely, MO.

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Merry Christmas 2015

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The year is drawing to a close…

…and here at the Nuessle home we are very excited to celebrate Christmas all together.   Presents are wrapped, menu items ready for prepping, and plans are in motion for memorable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations.

I want to take a minute to acknowledge  all of my WordPress family who work hard to share words, moments, and memories.  Also, a big thank you to followers who have supported my writing ambitions.

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May 2016 bring new events worth a word or two, cars and people to photograph, and memories to share.

Finally,

…no matter how you spend your holidays, life as a car enthusiast sure does add to the  merry and bright.

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