There was a time, in my adolescent years when I wondered why older people clung to artifacts of yesteryears. When the CD player emerged on the scene, I quickly replaced my old Tape recorder. My little wallet could barely keep up with the changing times. I chuckled at people who clung to their tape players, and record players, until last year when I began to look for a standard transmission car.
Wanting a standard transmission went against the grain of the culture that I had adopted. A stick shift is not new technology, however there is a certain personal satisfaction that comes with driving a stick. I look forward to my driving adventures. I like dancing with 3 pedals, and exercising my right arm in traffic. Now I understand why some people cling to their old tape recorders, and record players.
I am still a techno-junky, but now that I am maturing in age, I realize that some of life’s greatest pleasures come from doing things, simply for the joy it brings. After today, no slick sales person can convince me to buy a new shiny automatic or cvt powered vehicle. Keyless entry, voice activated navigation, rain-activated wipers, are all inventions designed for a world that craves the new… meanwhile, I have settled into what I like. My car still has a tape deck, and CD player with no iPod plug in. I don’t have keyless entry, or rain-activated wipers.
When I get in my car, I can’t stop grinning ear to ear because I enjoy driving a standard transmission.