Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Old and New


Here are some more shots taken from my friend's property over in nearby Gloucester, the Glenns area to be exact.

 I can't remember jack the older I get I may be inattentive to details and often can't remember my own name specific names of birds or insects or road names or whatnot, but I'd call the car above a Datsun.

Remember Datsuns?  Now they're Nissans.

A high school friend had one.  A very sporty, brand new 280Z, if memory serves me.

Although I hate to admit it, I remember being a little jealous.

This may explain why  I took such satisfaction in beating him every now and then in ping pong, which was what we did in gym.  Every day.  We played ping pong.  Day after day after ping pong playing day.

I don't remember why we played so much ping pong in gym class, exactly. It had something to do with the school not wanting you to fully participate in gym class if you played sports and had a game or a track meet or something.  I'm sure it was intended to avoid injuries during sports season.  Or something.

Anyway, to this day I love ping pong. And I no longer care about Datsuns. Or Nissans. Not in the least. Give me a VW bug any day.




However, this post was not started with the intention of spending any amount of time on the topic of ping pong or jealousy.  Or even Datsuns.




I just wanted to share some shots of old things





sitting amid the new growth of spring.

15 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Wait. I had a friend with a 280Z, too. Now I cannot think of anything else! Thanks.

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

I had guy friends with a 280Z, a Mustang, and a Mazda RX7 and I got to drive them all. I thought the fact that my boyfriend let me drive his brand new Camaro Z28 meant that he loved me. (Ultimately, it did not.) I loved driving other people's fast cars because my Buick Skylark just... wasn't.

Deltaville Jamie said...

A friend of mine who just returned from his stint in Iraq bought a '78 anniversary corvette. He sent me pics. He's a jerk. I saw the shot of the old datsun with the vines growing on the window and I think it looks exactly like I feel... including all the scraggily vines/hair.

Maria_NJ said...

CBW you are just sooo much... OK I actually had a Datsun 200sz 1977 5 speed manual transmission, I LOVED THAT CAR!!! so did the police, I got sooo many speeding tickets driving waaay to fast in that vechile, hey I was 22-23 years old, thought I was hot shit!!! found a picture close to what I had, color and strips and all, picture quality is bad though...

http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle.php?id=298000&l=en?PHPSESSID=255ee0aa1ed701cd931f3f876f0781f8&PHPSESSID=31cf7e0bd9c8d04bfd5b5bccac5f3605&PHPSESSID=31cf7e0bd9c8d04bfd5b5bccac5f3605&PHPSESSID=31cf7e0bd9c8d04bfd5b5bccac5f3605

as for old things, that would be me now...
but thank you for the trip down memory lane, that brought back some really good memories...

wv: queeda: I thought I was the queeda the road...

Maria_NJ said...

oh forgot to mention my DH had a Nissan 280Z (red)for like 20 years, no chit, he loved that car, and would not get rid of it, it finally died...

Grandma J said...

I hade a Datsun 200SX and hated it when they changed the name to Nissan.

Now I'm gonna be stuck in the past, and looking for someone to play me a game of ping pong.

Grandma J said...

omg, my Datsun 200SX was also a '77 just like Maria's. Mine was like a dusty rose-ish color and the first day I had it, two cops stopped me.

Daryl said...

I know that bench, I have a photo or two of it myself ... I believe its near a cornfield

And I worked for a guy who got a 280Z and was intolerable for months after he was so 'I've got a 280Z' it was his catica (WV)

Bethie said...

I love the old Datsuns! I drive a Nissan. LOL!!

Maria_NJ said...

J...that is sooo funny....man good thing the year was 77-78 though, they would have thrown my kester in jail, if it was now...hey, come to think of it, I did have to go B4 the Judge one time I was sooo many pts over the speed limit...man that car could move...

deborah said...

My friend had a 280Z too...he did get a big head, but my, was that car fast!
I'm an old thing, do you want my pic?

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm another old thing.
I'll send you a picture of me.
In the mid-80s my kid brother bought a Mustang Cobra with "Official Pace Car 1979 Indianapolis 500" written on the side of it. The next day, he went to show it to his girlfriend and got a speeding ticket on the way.
I loved to drive that car. It cornered like a dream!
I had an '83 Hyundai Pony the same gold color as the Mustang, and my brother threatened to paint the name of our home town's local foot race on it: "Official Pace Car, 1983 Bay Run"!
By the way, my husband the referee loved your description of the after-dinner basketball challenge.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Country Girl said...

My brother-in-law had a 280Z. He bought it after he sold his Fiat Sport Coupe (to me).
That freaking Fiat broke down all the time, but it was damn fun to drive. I decided that FIAT was code for "fit it all the time". The 280Z was cool, though.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Yep, that's a Datsun Z and, being a retired mechanic, I remember what a pain in the butt those dual overhead cam engines were. Best thing to do when it wouldn't start was hide it behind a barn in Chesapeake, Suffolk,Glousceter etc and forget about it. I'll bet there are 1,000 of them buried in Kudzu and quietly rusting away in Isle of Wight County, alone.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I'll take a VW bug anyday too!
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