I didn't think too much of Alabama, until I moved here. It really is a rather
beautiful state and the weather beats the hell out of anything in the
Northeast! ...not to even rub your nose in your taxes. ;-)
If you didn't want to do it, then you could have just said " The
is broken and it won't go up. Would you like for me to drop you off
Lying is a good way to dismiss someone's request without saying
anything overt to cause a disagreement. Politicians do it all the
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Of the two convertibles I owned back in the late '50s ('56 and '57
Fords), I found that in order to prevent back seat passenger's hair from
blowing in their face, you had to do 70 MPH so that the air stream off
the windshield fell behind the rear seat. If no rear passengers, 50 MPH
was enough to keep front seat driver and passenger's hair from blowing
in their face.
Yes, it's really not that windy back there. It surprised me when I
found out, riding in the back seat myself. The windshield shields all
the seats from most of the wind. I thought it was like riding a
horse, because without the steering wheel to hold on to all I had was
Another indication is the rain. At highway speeds the rear seats
don't get wet. not even the backs of the rear seats. There is some
breeze, and if a light-weight piece of paper gets caught in it, it
will blow but not very fast, from the front seat to the back, then
down and back towards the front seat again, and around in circles.
In the glove compartment, I kept a couple of the cloth covered rubber
bands just so a woman could tie her hair up. I offered her one and
she didn't want it. I don't think she complained about her hair. She
also didn't say anything about not realizing the top would be down,
either because she thought I should just do what she wanted, or
because she did understand me in the first place when I said
This is a basic lack of communication or different logic
interpretation. "Sure. I drive a convertible." can be interpreted as
"Let's do it in the back-seat" (or I'm trying to impress you).
If you would have said, "I drive with the top-down and you may not
find it pleasant in the back-seat" it may have been clearer.
On Sat, 25 Jun 2011 06:00:56 -0700 (PDT), Bob Villa
LOL. Definitely wasn't trying to impress her, only to warn her. It
never occurred to me until you said it that she might have thought
that. I meant it as a synonym for top being down, but maybe she
didnt' take it that way.
For sure. I regret that I didn't say that, but I'm trying to figure
out how unclear I was.
I wish I had also said, "I'm glad to have your company, but if you
don't want the top down, you also have two days to find a ride that's
not a convertible." See again, it comes out with no specific
reference to the top being down. I guess to be sure I would have had
to say, "to find a ride with someone who won't put the top down."
I appreciate your answering the question. It's the only question I
asked and the only one I gave full background for. There's a lot I
left out that's needed to answer any other question.
And I'll add this for the other postsrs, that the reason I was willing
to use my car on the trip instead of my male friend's, do all the
driving, and pay for all the gas was that no matter what the rest of
the trip is like, I know I'll enjoy the drive each way. My friend
knew the top would be down, but I don't remember how I said it. Maybe
he brought it up first, wanted me to take my car with the top down.
Yes, I think he suggested it.
She had sunglasses, and I offered her one of those cloth-covered
rubber bands uses for pony-tails, which I keep in the car specifcally
for those with long hair. I also carry spare sunglasses. And I think
convertibles are famous for being windy, and most people think they
are more windy than they really are. She may have said something
about the sun on her skin, but it was 4PM and getting later.
IN brooklyn when I parked on the street and had an alarm I wasn't
broken into for 7 years, but I was always late to work looking for a
So I rented a space in a lot, on a quiet street with bushes in front
of my car.
One night the alarm went off and it beeped me in my bedroom. Even
though the lot was right behind my building, there was no exit to it
and I had to run halfway around the block. The guy had gone and
everything was fine.
But two weeks later, he cut the top, cut the lower boot, and stole my
tools from my trunk. He left the knife. I still have it and I use
So I decided to move out of NY, where I had planned to stay 2 years
and and stayed 12. Also, I had recently met and was afraid of
marrying a girl who wanted to stay in NY forever, since I grew up in a
town of 50,000, with 4 acres of woods across the street.
No one's even tried to break into my car in 28 years. And I drive
anywhere and everywhere, including what you'd think are the worst
neighborhoods in town, and no one has even said an unkind word to me.
a) Cars are barely noticed, They're just part of the traffic, even
when stopped at a light or sign.
b) I know how to get along with people, even though on Usenet it
doesn't show. :-)
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