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FF – The Good Old Days

A day later than usual, here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was supplied by Al Forbes. To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

 

As he drove back from the motor show, Terry reflected on the good old days. He’d driven those cars for real, once. Sure, they were a little out of date even then, but common enough not to be a curiosity. Real cars for real drivers!

Ah, the wind in your hair, the flies in your eyes, the freezing winter air ripping through you. Every bump a nightmare, every junction a challenge, every corner a danger.

He adjusted the climate control, told his stereo to change tracks, switched on the heated seats and smiled. Progress isn’t all bad, he thought.

 

  1. February 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Old fashioned, traditional is great, but you can’t knock comfort!

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  2. February 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Not all was good with the old days I guess… yet I climb on my bicycle to work every day,

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    • February 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      I bet it’s more comfortable to ride than a penny farthing, though!

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  3. February 25, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Ha ha! Fun stuff… funny how that works… reminiscing about the good ole days as you use today’s comfortable inventions…

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    • February 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Very few people who lament the good old days would wish to go back there, I feel 🙂

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      • February 25, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        Methinks you are right… Could not see myself taking a bath only weekly…😉

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      • February 26, 2016 at 7:51 am

        Me neither. Yuck 😦

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  4. February 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    with all these conveniences, the good old days are really getting old.

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  5. February 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I love your story’s ending! The good old days weren’t all that good…not only for creature comforts but for social progress, or lack thereof.

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    • February 26, 2016 at 7:52 am

      Very true. I guess they call it “progress” for a reason.

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  6. February 25, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Terry’s a smart man. There’s nostalgia and then there’s just uncomfortable memories. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • February 26, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      That’s a great way to put it. I’m all about the nostalgia but if I went back there all those uncomfortable memories I’ve selectively forgotten would come back to haunt me!
      Ali

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  7. February 25, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    We just slogged a couple of hundred miles through driving rain. Never been so glad of modern improvements like windshield wipers! Another good one.

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    • February 26, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Yes, imagine doing that with no roof and solid tyres! It would be worse for the chap running along in front with the flag though I guess.

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  8. February 26, 2016 at 12:22 am

    But the old cars are going up in value, and his current car? I enjoyed the twist, and I do like comfort. Damm it that’s why I sold my 1949 series 1 Land Rover !

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    • February 26, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Oh no! And they’ve just ceased production of Land Rovers too. Old cars are a good investment 🙂

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  9. February 26, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Hooho. One day in the distant future when self-driving cars had gone main-stream and several generations had pass, we all may not even remember what a steering wheel looks like.

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    • February 26, 2016 at 7:56 am

      That’s a scary thought to me right at the moment!

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  10. February 26, 2016 at 2:15 am

    There is nothing quite like trying to drive when you can’t feel your fingers because it so bloody cold! Great story. ❤️

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    • February 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Yeah – even these days it’s pretty bad but at least it warms up after a couple of miles. Oh, for a heated steering wheel 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  11. February 26, 2016 at 3:39 am

    No progress isn’t all bad at all.

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    • February 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Sometimes, but progress is inevitable!

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      • February 26, 2016 at 8:06 am

        Quite true.
        That was supposed to echo what you wrote in the story. It should have read, NO, progress isn’t bad at all.
        Don’t think I made any sense oh boy.

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      • February 26, 2016 at 11:54 am

        Ah, a missing comma and I read it the opposite way 🙂
        In that case I heartily agree!

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      • February 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm

        🙂

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  12. February 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I am reminded of the good old days every time I get in my 20 year old car. At least it’s easy to change the phonograph record while I’m driving…

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    • February 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

      And I bet with those solid rubber tyres it skips quite often!

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  13. February 26, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Which reminds me, it’s about time I traded my penny farthing in for a one of these new-fangled bicycles.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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    • February 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

      No, that’s a classic 🙂 Though the cycle helmet probably looks a bit weird on the top hat.

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  14. February 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Excellent story; very funny! Yeah, and cranking the engine (for the really old ones), the lack of seat belts (which you see in even our 1955 Chrysler), the lead additives (for fueling)–those are a pain, and dangerous, too. Once upon a time (before children), my husband and I ‘collected’ antique and classic cars. But then there’s that beautiful chrome; the (noncomputerised) workmanship of something like a Duesenberg (including the racing car nicknamed the “Mormon Meteor”), Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Bentley, Tucker, Studebaker, the beyond-gorgeous Kaiser Darrin with the sculpted shell-shaped grille, and I could go on; and, finally, that ‘old car’ smell inside. Of old wood, I guess is the closest I can describe it. Anyway, the past’s not *all* bad, just a large part of it is. 🙂

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    • February 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Those old cars certainly had (have) beauty and the knowledge of the care that had gone into hand-making them. Then, like you say, there’s the lead, the lack of seatbelts, the cranking… 🙂

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      • February 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm

        Hey, Ali, how about the best of both worlds, making a solar- or hydrogen (or whatever the upcoming tech will be) antique car? A real hybrid … The scaffolding of a Rolls, the tech of a Tesla (or something like that)?! 🙂

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      • February 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

        That would be cool, like (classic) Dr Who’s car, Bessie 🙂

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      • February 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm

        Yeah, that’s a neat car. I can’t think of any other doctors really using cars so much, at least not like Pertwee did. As for sorta-vehicles/sorta-not, I really like K-9 also.

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      • February 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        Sylvester McCoy used Bessie once that I remember, in “Battlefield”, but that was about it!

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  15. February 26, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    People call them the “good old days” but anyone going back would realize the hardships that existed then. I remember the days before antibiotics and what I went through–what my mother went through. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • February 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I only tend to remember the good things rather than the bad when I think back 🙂

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  16. February 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    LOL! I agree! We have it good compared to the “good ol’ days!” 😀 Wonderful story!

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    • February 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

      There’s nothing like a good bit of modern comfort 🙂

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  17. February 27, 2016 at 3:07 am

    We do tend to romanticize the past eras, don’t we? ‘Flies in your eyes’ said it all!

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    • February 27, 2016 at 9:19 am

      The whole Jane Austen/Downton Abbey world looks great, but behind the scenes… 🙂

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      • February 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

        Romance without plumbing, hot water, dental hygiene, sewage/waste disposal.. Okay I made myself feel ill.

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      • February 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

        Ick 🙂

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  18. February 27, 2016 at 3:48 am

    No it isn’t… but we sure do like to see a thing of the past every once in a while. 🙂

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    • February 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Yes, I love seeing a vintage car or steam train go past once in a while 🙂

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  19. February 27, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Nice idea wind in your hair but too much air and I sneeze! Not very romantic

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    • February 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

      I’d never buy a convertible. Especially in this country!

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  20. Adam Ickes
    February 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    No one died… Are you feeling alright? Should we be worried about you?

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    • February 28, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Perhaps I’m saving it all up for a big massacre story 🙂

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  21. February 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    You can’t beat the good old days, except with the good new ones. Nicely done.

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    • February 28, 2016 at 7:33 am

      That quote would make for a good internet “meme”!
      Thanks!

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  22. February 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Great piece, Ali. I love the description you gave of the driving in the old days. That was perfect. The flies in your teeth! That heated seat sounds really nice though!

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    • February 28, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Thanks. Old days driving was certainly an experience I bet!
      I always considered heated seats a bit of a gimmick until I had them. They’ve lovely on a cold morning 🙂

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  23. February 28, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Such a contrast! I’m glad he saw the truth of it. So many people look at the past with rose colored glasses and don’t appreciate what they have.

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    • February 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Exactly. All I can remember for the “old days” is fun and happiness, but I’m sure there was more to it than that…

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  24. March 2, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Nostalgia should always be tempered with an acknowledgement of modern comforts! Great story, Ali. 🙂

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  25. March 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    “Ah, the wind in your hair, the flies in your eyes, the freezing winter air ripping through you. Every bump a nightmare, every junction a challenge, every corner a danger.”
    And therein lies a tale!
    Well-told story, and nicely done about-turn early in the first sentence.
    Yes, progress is not half-bad, is it?

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  26. March 6, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Life looking back always seems a little better than it was?

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  27. March 9, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Yipee for progress. I can’t imagine life without all the ‘mod cons’ we enjoy today. But I do enjoy delving into the past now and then. I really liked the way you wrote this story, Ali. It gave me a few smiles, tht’s for sure.

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    • March 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      The past is nice for reminiscences and old steam trains journeys and whatnot – but I wouldn’t want to live there! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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