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Getting my wheels spinning

Getting my wheels spinningFor members of the Car Hive - I don't have a Morgan. I would like to have one but that's not what this is about.

Anyone who writes - professionally or as an enthusiastic hobbyist - will have experienced the occasional moment when the words disappear. This is not a post about how to avoid or overcome writer’s block. (Although, as an aside, the best advice I ever got on that front was from an author friend who advised, “just start throwing words down - doesn’t matter about what or if it’s shit - just start throwing.”)

It is a post about how you can use these moments in more mindful ways. You - OK, I - can sometimes be mindful and just notice that I am feeling frustrated, annoyed, defeated, pissed off, or concerned. I give voice to these words. The simple act of saying them aloud acknowledges the emotion and permits me to release the feeling for a bit.

The other benefit is that this technique permits me to explore avenues other than stress. Often, I will turn to the Build & Design function offered by most automotive companies. I select a vehicle that I fantasize about or a car that has caught my attention or a conveyance that has been brought to my attention in the media.

My voyages on this road have seen me design a remarkable Aston Martin DB9 GT. It’s my favourite colour and I will never EVER own one but when I’m designing it my mind goes down some lovely roads and I can hear the burbling of the pipes and feel the tingle in my nether regions and all thoughts of words gone missing disappear.


At other times I explore an alternative fantasy where Aston Martin disappears from view - rapidly! At these times my thoughts turn to something I find equally appealing but so far removed from the world of high performance that it boggles. I want a Citroen 2CV. Not just any deux chevaux but a bright yellow 28 bhp monster that will jiggle and wiggle and sway and bring a constant smile to my face. Not practical for Canada you say? Of course not and that is precisely why I want one. They are brilliant works of art.


Other times I become much more practical and search for an eventual replacement for my much-loved 2008 orange Land Rover LR2 that still keeps motoring along with its 250K on the odometer. On these occasions, I head for the Land Rover site and design my new Discovery Sport HSE Luxury. It’s a stealth model. All trimmed out in black and it might even prove to be affordable. But the thing is, I really want to keep my LR2 until she dies around me in some honourable fashion. Maybe the tranny drops out. Maybe the motor explodes through the bonnet. Or maybe she just wanders off to the great off-roading track in the sky when she can’t take it any more. In the meantime, if I can’t have a Defender, I’ll keep working on my ideal version of the Discovery.


Finally, then I come to my last bit of distraction - reading about then building and designing something in which I wouldn’t ever dream of setting my buttocks. I recently read a review of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan (people carrier for those of you outside of North American.) The reviewer was effusive in his praise for this wonder of modern automotive innovation. I thought, well, the boys are getting older and god knows a minivan is practical (even if it requires a total surrender of one’s man-parts to purchase and drive one!) so off I went to the Chrysler Canada site. I designed one of these suckers. It was fitted out pretty much the same as my LR Discovery HSE Luxury, which BTW rang up at C$59,740. The people carrier? Well, it came it at an astounding $62,395! There is a plus to this. I can now make the case to anyone who asks that there are many options that preserve what’s left of my manhood that can be had for substantially less dough. This may be my quiet triumph over complete surrender to practicality.


So there you have it. A mindful approach to indulging in fantasy with enough useful information gained to reduce any guilt about the time-waster, and suddenly, I have some words coming back.

Proof in action - throw some shit down, and the words will come. Sometimes it just takes a distraction to get your wheels spinning.


© Copyright 2016, Don Kerr, Don Kerr Writes - All rights reserved.

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Dean Owen

4 years ago #8

I think many of us have been down that road. For me it's the configurator on the Maserati website where you can select down to the stitching on the seat. I do love the Morgan's and was tempted a few years to sell off organ parts to by the totally impractical three wheeler. But living the last 18 years in countries where cars cost 3 times the price in the US usually means I settle for a Japanese car. I do love the frivolous pursuits of colour coding and rim selecting on car configurators. Who knew that such a frivolous pursuit would result in a gem of an article....

Paul Walters

4 years ago #7

Don \ud83d\udc1d Kerr Ok, I'm all heart ....I'll buy you that Morgan. Please collect and ship from Bali

don kerr

4 years ago #6

Phil Friedman Getting the motors running takes a bit more effort. See what I can come up with. thanks for stopping by gents.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #5

My first car was 2CV my grandfather gave it to my dad who passed it on to me, heating was crap and a lot of fresh air engulfing in the brain in winter keeping creative juice fresh and crispy ..... :-0

Kevin Pashuk

4 years ago #4

A great way to get the creative juices flowing... now if you could only design the car, then 3D print a wee version of it... I fully agree that driving a minivan (or grocery getter) requires surrender of your man badge. We have owned them but I would only get behind the wheel under duress... I'm pretty easy going, but there are some lines I don't like crossing.

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #3

Don, this is a great piece... and a great idea. Build a car on the manufacturer's site... then print it all out. Hold it. Caress it. Kind of one's own virtual reality. I'm in for getting our wheels spinning. Now, what do you suggest for getting our motors running? Cheers!

don kerr

4 years ago #2

Why thanks for that encouragement from S.A.

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #1

Don \ud83d\udc1d Kerr You've spun the wheels and laid the tracks for the road to words! Love this inventive post Don.

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