Going Topless

The great debate rages on in the Wooly and Raeski home. Raeski wants to go topless on our summer trips. Wooly is concerned about the compromised security when going topless. Of course all that time we spent in the sun getting some color might go to waste if we don’t go topless. We’re not concerned about the stares and smiles we get when we go topless because we’re used to it. When you drive a Mini Cooper convertible with the top down you get lots of smiles.

But the problem the Mini and countless other convertibles have is security. How do you keep your valuables safe? Let’s face it; a bit of canvas isn’t much of a deterrent to the common thief. Actually there won’t be any irreplaceable valuables in the car when it’s unattended. There will be food, clothes, and stuff like that but nothing irreplaceable. My camera gear will always be with me. But it’s the perception of something of value being in the car that worries me along with some stupid thief cutting the top to get to some clothes and food. But one also might say we run that risk every day when the car is parked.

The alternative is driving a car that’s not nearly as much fun but a little more comfortable with more room and a trunk. Yeah, it has a sunroof but it’s not the same. A sunroof lacks the element of freedom and lack of restraint a convertible affords. Plus you really do see more when you’re topless.

Maybe I have to think a bit more creatively to figure out how to jam what we need into the Mini. We could reduce the amount of food by shopping more often. Fewer clothes and a stop at a Laundromat once or twice (being stinky is not an option) could cut down on the amount of clothes required which would allow us to use smaller suitcases that will fit in the tiny trunk of the Mini. That would leave just the ice-chest and food visible. It’s food for thought…  (Yes, I did it again. Sometimes a good pun is irresistible.)

Or we could play it safe and drive the Lexus I don’t like even though it’s my car. It would have more room, and much larger trunk and a better stereo. The ride is smoother, bumps in the road don’t jar you, and your hair looks good when you get out of the car. We could certainly take more stuff. The Lexus is a simple solution to a vexing problem and those of you who know Wooly know he’s a simple guy.

So let us know what your vote is. Should Wooly and Raeski go topless this summer? Vote and let us know. And if you have any ideas leave us a comment.  Cheers, Wooly.

Waiting on the Mail

Our mail often goes unclaimed for a day or two simply because we forget about it even though we drive by the mailbox daily. Recently I have had reason to look forward to the mail. I’ve ordered stuff!

Our National Parks pass came in the mail the other day. So far I’ve identified about 25 National Parks and Monuments we plan on seeing this summer and fall so the savings will be significant. Another piece of mail arrived the other day with gas cards. I converted a bunch of my American Express points into gas cards. That $350 will really help keep the costs down.

Ahh, the things we get all worked up about. And if you’re about to say get a life my answer will be, “I did!” Today I got up when I wanted to, did what I wanted, and didn’t answer to a boss. I worked a little more on trip plans and and generally lived a life without much of the stress that those who are still working have.

And now the mailbox is neglected once again because I’m not expecting anything of importance to show up.