I sold the Mustang the other day.
It was part of the family for almost 10 years, getting one boy through college and a couple of years on his first job, and taking a second through high school and beyond.
The car still ran good and looked good, but with 172,000 miles under its hood and 16 years since it rolled off an assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan, it was time for someone else to sit in the driver’s seat. Besides, the two boys had already abandoned the Mustang as if it were an old girlfriend — lots of good times and memories, but star struck by an eye-catching new model.
I plead guilty to getting overly nostalgic about most of the cars I’ve owned, the Mustang included. It’s been more than a bucket of bolts on wheels. It’s the sled that brought our boys home safely on many winter nights; the ride that took them to and from school, ball practices and their first job.
A guy by the name of Ray purchased the Mustang. He took one look at it and said, “That’s a fine car, I’ll buy it.”
I told him it came with four free snow tires. He thanked me for the gesture, but declined to take them, explaining, “I’m retired. … I have no reason to go out when it snows, so I just stay home.”
With Ray at the wheel, we drove around for a good half-hour. He told me what it was like to work at the Lima Ford Engine plant during the hey-day when it employed well over 3,000 people. “You could work all the overtime you wanted … that’s how I retired early.”
He talked about raising seven kids and learning to make do. “When something needed repaired, you tried to fix it yourself. … How else are you going to learn to fix something? You cannot be afraid to try.”
We talked as if we always knew each other. It was a great conversation and an enjoyable last ride in the Mustang.
I turned over the keys knowing they were in good hands.
ROSES AND THORNS: It’s time for the rose garden to take a hint.
Rose: A Lima woman had her tip published in the nationally syndicated column “Hints from Heloise.” The woman, identified as Eileen B, told how she sews or pins a satin pillowcase over her pillow. She noted, “When putting on the clean pillowcase, the pillow just slides over the satin with ease.”
Rose: To David Evans, of Elida High School. He was named the Athletic Director of the Year by the Northwest Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Rose: Around 3,000 people gobbled up 1,200 pounds of turkey, 400 pounds of potatoes and stuffing, and 100 pies during the annual Lewis Family McDonald’s Thanksgiving Dinner in Lima.
Thorn: A piece of equipment designed specifically to detect counterfeit money failed the Allen County Treasurer’s Office as two fake $50 bills were cashed. The office paid $7,000 to purchase the machine plus $1,000 annually to maintain and update software.
Thorn: Ohio could have had Bob Cupp sitting with honor on the state Supreme Court, but instead ended up electing Justice William “Bill” O’Neill. Cupp’s reputation of being a hard-working man of great character was well known in and around Allen County, but he lacked the flash that some voters must have wanted. Cupp lost his re-election bid, 52 to 48 percent, to the man who recently bragged about bedding 50 different women in 50 years.
PARTING SHOT: Black Friday = Broke Saturday.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.