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2 Days Ago 03:12 PM
La Bęte "Which car do you want to take to church" my Lady asked?

My inside voice whispered 'Be careful, this is a trap. As if she doesn't already know which car I would take anywhere on a beautifully sunny, 80ş day.'

"Whichever car you would like to take" I deftly replied.

She surprised me by initially opting for La Bęte, but then remembered that we needed to pick-up a crib for our visiting grandchildren. Hoss it was.

After getting the guest rooms ready, I asked her what she was planning to do for the rest of the afternoon. She said work on her quilt.

What about you" she asked?

"Well, answer some e-mails and then I was thinking about taking La Bęte out and explore"

"Sounds great, let's go!" I believe she enjoyed the surprised look on my face. This was the Lady who stated she had so much to do and little time to do it.

We drove out to Perry Lake (a place we hadn't visited), a distance of one and a half music albums (we now discuss trip length in terms of albums). Some very nice roads and a few small Kansas towns. I drove out, and she the return. Ended with gin and mojitos on the deck. Grilled a steak for Father's Day.

A few pics from the trip.
2 Days Ago 08:57 AM
Godfrey usually so i can hear the music better...
3 Days Ago 11:10 AM
itsky I managed to have two glorious days of top-down driving. I saw some disturbing things while on my drives though. Just about every convertible I saw with the top down had the windows rolled up. It’s 80 out, why would you keep the windows up?
5 Days Ago 02:34 PM
Windinmyhair
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Originally Posted by Mike Florey View Post
I don't think so. Her face would make a freight train take a dirt road.
Face for radio then.
5 Days Ago 11:01 AM
55russamg At Lake Como today
5 Days Ago 10:17 AM
La Bęte
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Originally Posted by b82012 View Post
Drove up from Boston, MA to a graduation event at Dartmouth, NH (~140 miles, so car had picked up quite a bit of road grime and dirt on the way) and making the dinner party just barely I had no time to get the car cleaned up, so it was in that state when my daughter and her 18-yo friend asked for my keys to drive back to the hotel after dinner... top down, of course.... they were so ecstatic about driving the car I couldn't say no... the picture says it all...

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You do like to live on the edge!

Your daughter and her friend look dangerously good in that car.

Clearly an excellent level of trust in your family. Great to see!
6 Days Ago 12:07 PM
b82012 Drove up from Boston, MA to a graduation event at Dartmouth, NH (~140 miles, so car had picked up quite a bit of road grime and dirt on the way) and making the dinner party just barely I had no time to get the car cleaned up, so it was in that state when my daughter and her 18-yo friend asked for my keys to drive back to the hotel after dinner... top down, of course.... they were so ecstatic about driving the car I couldn't say no... the picture says it all...

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6 Days Ago 10:39 AM
Mike Florey
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Originally Posted by Windinmyhair View Post
Nah, I bet she was admiring her own reflection in your impossibly shiny paintwork
I don't think so. Her face would make a freight train take a dirt road.
1 Week Ago 11:30 AM
Windinmyhair
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Originally Posted by Mike Florey View Post
A quick top-down ride in to Columbus. A lady outside the post office wouldn't stop staring. I thought she was admiring my rugged good looks, but when I went inside she was still staring at my SLK. :^)
Nah, I bet she was admiring her own reflection in your impossibly shiny paintwork
1 Week Ago 11:16 AM
Mike Florey A quick top-down ride in to Columbus. A lady outside the post office wouldn't stop staring. I thought she was admiring my rugged good looks, but when I went inside she was still staring at my SLK. :^)
1 Week Ago 04:20 AM
Windinmyhair @nickwilcock
If you're out and about roofless today, pick up a grapefruit gin. Very refreshing.
1 Week Ago 02:57 AM
nickwilcock Lucky you - sounds like a great day!


Whereas here Storm Miguel was making its way north. So left home at 0830 and drove for 55 miles through God's car wash - again! Some quick bits of road once I was across the M40 and on my way to Sywell aerodrome, but what a cold, wet, dismal day!


Not much better when I left; there was a little sun at times as the cold front had largely passed, but it was still cold, wet and very windy - typical UK June...


But a nice Gin & Tonic when I got home. 5 ice balls in a copa glass, 80ml of gin and 150 ml of tonic, with a wedge of pink grapefruit - try it if you haven't already done so. Goes better with the botanicals than lime or lemon. Just the one monster G&T though!


However, today the sun is shining, so the AMG might just have to come out and play!
1 Week Ago 08:03 PM
La Bęte
What an absolutely glorious day!

It started at 0512. Arturo woke me up by pulling on my beard. Time for 1st breakfast. I got up and fed the clowder. Back into bed. Awoken at 0820 by my Lady. She was at a convention and wish to talk for a few brief minutes before she was off doing convention things. As I talked with her, Arturo was informing me it was time for 2nd breakfast.

Gave the clowder 2nd breakfast, then off doing my chores. Cut the lawn, weeded the pollinator garden, cleaned the birdbath, watered the herbs and other plants, etc.

Last home chore was washing La Bęte. A quick wash and wipe down. I will note that this was the only time during the day that La Bęte’s top was up. Sky was sunny and clear. What beautiful day!

Off to the Parish Hall. I assumed the bank statements had been delivered and I needed to balance the books. I had planned two hours for reconciliation and bills. Surprised, nothing was in the office. 15 minutes and done.

As I stepped outside, La Bęte was parked next to the church. What to do?

My inside voice whispered “Drive”.

“To where?”

“Anywhere” my inside voice replied.

Anywhere was always my drug of choice.

Drove in town for a bit visiting some of those housing areas I had wondered about. Then I decided to turn west onto Kansas 92 to see what there was to see. Top down, Black Sabbath blasting out of seven speakers, sun on my face and wind in my hair.

What a perfect road. Tree lined, winding road, with nary a pot hole or broken pavement to be seen. Simply smooth and beckoning La Bęte to let loose. La Bęte hummed along, responding to my slightest command. Took many tight curves at 60mph without letting up the throttle. The only cars I saw (and I saw very few) were all going the opposite direction. Nothing in front of us.

The album began to play again for the third time. Where were we? I decided to pull to the side of the road and check the nav system. What, almost to Topeka? Well I could cut across and take a quicker way home or…..

A perfect road couldn’t be ignored. A U-turn and back the way we had come.

Glorious!

All things must come to an end. Parked La Bęte in the garage and then on the deck to enjoy a gin. (note: I am a year around gin drinker, not one of those ‘only in the summer’ wimps. I do lift a Pimms cup for the Queen’s birthday).

Dinner? Maybe a bit later...

Arturo doesn't agree. He is here telling me it is time for 1st supper.
2 Weeks Ago 03:16 PM
savcom
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Originally Posted by Trev5 View Post
That is the problem with the brighter bulbs - Hence why MB never fitted them as standard..
The Phillips 130% bulbs only have a 450 hour average life span, so the 150% racing version would be even less hours....
Oh I know that well. But when replacement bulbs are Ł20 each in Halfords and the Philips 150% Racing ones are Ł20 a pair from Amazon, you kinda feel OK. And until someone can specify an MOT-acceptable H7 LED replacement headlamp that can drop in for a non-ludicrous price, then I'm happy with the Ł20 a pair Philips lamps.


By the way - back to thread. Top was firmly in the boot first thing this morning and again last thing tonight.
2 Weeks Ago 02:39 PM
Avel Du
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Originally Posted by La Bęte View Post
I wonder if this is for the same reason. For my lady it is something about my love of wine....

Similar.

For my good wife it is more about her dislike of my whining should I do the return drive
2 Weeks Ago 02:27 PM
La Bęte
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Originally Posted by Avel Du View Post
Yes, we too encourage car sharing.
Bluebadger always prefers to drive home.
I wonder if this is for the same reason. For my lady it is something about my love of wine....
2 Weeks Ago 02:15 PM
greenmanslk
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Originally Posted by Trev5 View Post
We had a run out to family lunchtime gathering in Uxbridge on Saturday & ended up using the Aircon recirculating around our feet - No wonder, as it go up to 28'c in Heathrow

38mpg....
Think You need to do that run again & try a little harder


That is the problem with the brighter bulbs - Hence why MB never fitted them as standard..
The Phillips 130% bulbs only have a 450 hour average life span, so the 150% racing version would be even less hours....

I’ve had 16 mpg on my own....
2 Weeks Ago 01:54 PM
Avel Du
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Originally Posted by La Bęte View Post
Beautiful weekend. Top was never up.

Did some wine drinking at a local winery. I drove down to the winery, she drove back home. A lot of car karaoke was had.

Yes, we too encourage car sharing.
Bluebadger always prefers to drive home.

Lucky!
2 Weeks Ago 01:43 PM
La Bęte Beautiful weekend. Top was never up.

Did some wine drinking at a local winery. I drove down to the winery, she drove back home. A lot of car karaoke was had.
2 Weeks Ago 12:02 PM
pwgunny We are experiencing a drought in SC for the past month. Upper 90 temps and lots of sunshine. I'm praying for rain these days. Lots of topless driving opportunities. I don't drop the top on the commute to the office, because it's only a 15 minute ride. Wife and I went down to Charleston last night for dinner and then dropped the top for the ride home. A perfect night. My wife always votes for top DOWN! I'm a little more conservative than her.
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