I was raised traditionally by my parents – I went to church every Sunday,  and to my grandparents for Holidays.  I was home schooled – and after I graduated I went to University and studied Social Sciences. I grew up on my family’s 80 acre farm 40 miles west of the Village of Louis (aka Louisville Ky).  My hometown has a population of (according to the sign) 814.  The town was founded as a railroad stop and gained its fame from tourism after a rather large cave was discovered back in 1883.

Growing up in a rural area I have from the time I started working always had to commute.  My shortest commute was 3 miles, where I rode a bicycle in the acclimate weather and drove when necessary.  My longest was in 2014 and 2015, commuting 55 miles one way (from Milltown Indiana, to Jasper, Indiana).  The long commutes have given me lots of driving time behind the wheel.  Usually 3 to 5 thousand miles each month depending on what my weekend activities are.  These many hours behind the wheel provided me with opportunities to learn valuable lessons from the “school of hard knocks.” I’ve driven in two feet of snow, extreme winds and rain, at moderate to high speeds and in temperatures from 120F to -20F.  Basics are important too; experience with directions, how to read a map and navigate, basic repair procedures, like fixing a flat or the proper way to jump start a battery, avoiding obstacle or animals,

Driving options I have are county roads, state roads, and interstate highways.  County roads let me test steering and suspension through curves over hills and on rough pavement or gravel.  The state roads offer a smooth flowing and usually quite curvy roads with an awesome scenic view.  The interstate highways in my area are long, straight and after 10pm are usually empty.  This gives a great opportunity to test at a higher speed, and see what types aerodynamics offered by the car, and to measure fuel economy.

My passion for cars has been rewarding over the years, introducing me to many wonderful people and places.  Its taught me the importance of budgeting my expenses, and time, to the fragility of life and opportunities to explore and wonder our world.

People become good at what they do through experience and mistakes – people become great at what they do by looking back and thinking about how to correct and master it.

Advertisements