FTP: Hot rods and Father's Day

Gary Karschner
Miles United Methodist Church
Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church

The other day I saw something that pushed a button of mine. This thing I observed was on the highway in clear view of all the travelers. Without being specific, I remember my government classes and know in the First Amendment it says we have the freedom to express ourselves. This object I observed might be considered offensive in nature. Who decides? You decide.

Next: Last Saturday I had the pleasure of working with KCSA Radio and Crime Stoppers of San Angelo to hold a Father’s Day car show at Mitchell Pontiac in San Angelo. I am not a person who owns a classic car, but I do appreciate those cars and how much work goes into them to make them look so good and run so well. There were cars from 1921 all the way to 2021. Most of them were from the 50’s and  60’s. Those are my favorite ‘rides’.

When the owners started their cars and the cam in the engine turned, and the pipes rumbled, there was a  tremendous over-dose of testosterone that entered the blood stream. Do you still feel that way when you hear a hot rod? I know I do.

I was playing music reflective of the era and I asked some questions of the attendees and owners of the vehicles. I asked these questions during the show and got many different responses. I asked, “Did you ever wish you had kept one of your previous cars?” “What was you first car?” “What car did you get your first speeding ticket in?” “How much did you pay for your first car?”

These were basic questions specific to each owner. One man told me he had received nineteen speeding tickets. He went on to say he had done this before his nineteenth birthday. I was impressed and shocked. He said the term bicycle was used by the judge more than once. When the guys told me about their first car, the facts about their vehicles rolled off their tongues. The model, color, engine size, stereo, and the size of the tires and wheels were common factors.

Guys and gals I ask you now…. What was your first car?  Was it a sports model or a mustard colored Plymouth? Was it a hand me down from a parent or sibling, or did you get a new car? Do you wish you still had that first car? We all have attachments to our first driving experiences. Think about taking your driver’s test. Did you pass it the first time? Can you parallel park or drive a standard manual transmission? I am amazed at how many people cannot drive a manual transmission. One last question for you. Was your first sound system in your car AM, FM, cassette or eight track? Channel Change.

I welcome our newest member of the Runnels County clergy family at the Lutheran Church in Miles. Pastor Anne Williams is new to the area. If you happen to see her, stop and visit with her, and make her feel welcomed in the community. Lord, thank you for the rains. Be Well, Gary K.