Thursday, September 16, 2010

Going Uphill In The Rain

Someone forwarded to someone who… well, you get the point. Eventually, my brother sent it to me and I was inspired enough, or remembered this:

It’s 19-fifty-something; you are driving in the rain and you see a steep hill ahead of you. Problem: (a) Do you want to go up the hill, or (b) Do you want to see through the windshield? You can’t do both; the days when wipers will be independent of the engine have not yet arrived. Hills and wipers are still mortal enemies.

You have to get up that hill and you must do it fast because your girlfriend is in the seat next to you and her father will be waiting under the front porch with an axe if she is a minute late. You have mounting the hill on your mind; he has mounting something else on his mind. And you can hear the grinding-wheel even at this distance.

The car starts up the hill and you increase the gas. The wipers slow down. You give it more gas and the wipers stop. So you take your foot off the accelerator for a moment to let the wipers make a sweep and the car slows down. Ram the gas pedal to the floor to keep the car rolling and the wipers stop again.

You can imagine your head on the chopping block like a turkey on the day before Thanksgiving so you let up on the gas for just a moment, enough to clear a little spot. Your girlfriend has her hand around you and, as you approach her house, you beg her to let go. Her father is there, his watch in hand. You made it.


Anonymous RuthC said...

Wonder how backing up the hill would have worked? The rain would have fallen away, wouldn't it???

Mom used to tell of the cars long before the 50's, and how they couldn't get enough gas going up a hill. Hence, the going up backwards idea. It worked for them!

September 18, 2010 6:09 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Reverse was a lower gear than first.

September 19, 2010 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And also the weight would be in back.........Exit 318

September 19, 2010 4:21 PM  

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