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fast five cast

Even when I’m not driving, I’m thinking about driving. Seriously, most of the movies I watch involve cars or racing in some way. If you ever need someone to answer anything you need about car movie trivia, I’m your guy. Like anyone else, I definitely have a few favorite movies I love to watch. Here are five of my favorite movies about cars!

  1. Fast Five

You probably saw this movie coming. After all, how could I make a list of my favorite movies about cars and neglect to put a Fast and Furious movie on the list? Aside from the first movie, Fast Five is argumentatively the best movie in the series. Basically, this installment chronicles Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic, and the rest of his racing crew as they attempt to gain freedom from control of a drug lord from Brazil. While the racing scenes are amazing, the plotline is also interesting. Plus, I could never pass up a movie with Paul Walker.

  1. Taxi Driver

Okay, I know Taxi Driver isn’t exactly focused on cars and racing, but if you’ve seen the movie, you can acknowledge that the taxi car plays a pivotal role in Travis’ (Robert De Niro) life. After all, if Travis wasn’t a crazy late night taxi driver in Manhattan, then the movie wouldn’t be the classic that it is.

  1. Death Proof

Quentin Tarantino knows a thing or two about cars and terror. That’s why Death Proof is a movie that most car enthusiasts have seen. While the plot is disturbing, there’s no denying that the cars in Death Proof are one of a kind.

  1. Locke

Locke is one of those movies that just sticks with you. Basically, the film follows Ivan Locke who is seen driving to London throughout the entire film. But, the film isn’t about Locke’s drive to London. It’s about his entire life, and how it unraveled that night. With a few twists and turns, Locke will keep you at the edge of your seat.

  1. Cars

Okay, don’t hate me for this one. But, I’m a dad after all, and I can’t deny that Cars is a sweet and simplistic movie. My kids love—and I mean love – this movie. And if you can get down with a kid-friendly plot and animation, this is the perfect movie to expose your children to the wonderful world of cars.

Sanity… Something that seems to be ever more fleeting in this insane world. It can be hard to find a space to breath in the never ending hustle of life. Sometimes, when you spend most of your days in a cube, it can begin to feel like the walls are closing in around you. Then you remember what you do this for… to payoff the massive amount of debt you required to go to school so you would be able to get a job to pay off your debt… SHIT! This is insanity!!!

Traffic… an insane amount of stop and go traffic that slaps you in the face with the reality of being crammed in a rat race. The aggravation of speeding up just to stop and then thinking to yourself… “What is the cause of all this traffic?” SHIT! I should of  bought an automatic… my left leg is killing me! There is far to many cars on this one road… I need to open up my car on a wide open road.

The windows are down, the music is up and so are the RPM’s. I can finely breath again and in front of me is wide open space. The clutter of the city, along with the clutter in my mind, shrinks and vanishes like the view of the skyscrapers in my rear view mirror. As I open up the throttle and my surroundings a feeling of freedom washes over me like the wind coming in through the rolled down windows.

Taking a drive everyday is important for my overall sanity and reminds me of what my car can do outside of traffic. It also reminds me that I am free, born to move and not be tethered down. There are plenty of reasons to go on a daily drive but when you boil it all down it all comes back to preservation of sanity. When it feels like the walls are beginning to close in around and the weight of the rat race starts dragging you down, grab the keys, open up the throttle and move! And just for precautionary measures it is best to do it everyday.

 

Lightning McQueen - Cars Movie

I knew that when my daughter and son learned how to drive that it was going to be interesting to say the least. I was once a teenager, so I know what the mentality and mindset is of a teenager just learning how to drive. My daughter, I can see having about 15 of her friends crammed into my car, the music up to the level of ear bleeding, all of them dancing and singing at the top of their lungs.

My son, well…lol. I know he’d have about five of his friends with him. Like my daughter, the music is very loud, and I bet dollar to donut, he is going a little over the speed limit. That is, until an attractive girl is spotted. Then I know, and believe me, I KNOW, the music is turned down, while as the kids say today, she is “hollered” at.

What My Car Would Say to Me

If my car could talk to me, after dealing with those two, it would simply say, “Help me!” My poor car would ask me to tell my children to ease up, or as Otis Redding said, “Try a Little Tenderness.” There is nothing young people treasure most than freedom and not having a parent breathing down their neck. Believe me, when I am in the car with either of mine, it is just like they are back in driver’s education (my son’s exact words, not mine).

But I guess this is the situation of every parent worldwide. It is part of watching your child go from riding in a Barbie or GI Joe plastic car to a real one. I would hope that when my two calm down from being teenagers, and mature in their actions, including their driving, my car will tell me that everything is fine now. I would want my car to say, “Hey Dad…well done.”

 

Blue TeslaDriverless vehicle technology is finally becoming a reality.

I remember watching The Jetsons on TV as a kid and thinking how futuristic it was. I could hardly imagine a society with autonomous vehicles or cars that could fly. But manufacturers like Tesla are making this and much more possible through technological innovations like we’ve never seen.

Cars can unlock themselves and start themselves with the push of a button on a car key remote. Electric vehicles are paving the way for us to no longer rely on oil production and gasoline to get around. And now, we’re seeing vehicles that are basically able to drive themselves too.

As I was driving down the road the other day, I started really thinking about what the world, or America at least, would be like if people no longer had to drive their cars. If cars just drove themselves. It sounds crazy, in a good way, but if you dig deep, it’s not without disadvantages and danger.

My first question, when thinking about this issue, is why would we want autonomous vehicle technology in the first place. Do we not trust our human ability to make logical, smart decisions when driving a car? Is that why stoplights and traffic signs and speed limits were created? Because we don’t trust ourselves to operate a motor vehicle without Big Brother looking over our shoulder?

Essentially, if that’s true, what we’re saying is that machines know more than men. Which brings me to the definition of transhumanism—the belief that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology. It’s basically the merging of man with machine to create a race of “greater” individuals. And that, to me, is the really scary thought.

Autonomous vehicle technology is an example of transhumanism. When we are no longer required or allowed to operate a car on our own, we have given power over to the vehicle itself. And what happens when it fails? Inevitably, it will.

I remember being in high school and driving a white Honda Civic with mechanical seat belts. The mechanism on the driver’s side seat belt broke, so that when I opened the car door to get in, it would move forward to get out of my way, and once I got in and closed the door, it would fail to move back across my shoulder as it should have.I drove around listening to an incessant beep in my ear until I could get it fixed, because my seat belt was not in the right place.

Now, we no longer see cars with mechanical seat belts. Obviously, it was a safety hazard when the technology failed, and rather than trying to repair the technology, we got rid of mechanical seat belts altogether. Instead, we as humans have to manually grab the belt, pull it across our shoulder and lap and buckle ourselves in. It’s an extra step, but it’s worth it for our safety.

I wonder what will happen when we start to really put all our faith on driverless cars and autonomous machines and cease manual operation. How many people’s lives will be risked for this transhumanist “evolution.” I put evolution in quotes, because I don’t believe it to be step forward at all. I believe it to be a step backward.

The Washington Street Journal published an article today debating who would be responsible when a driverless car crashes. Tesla’s solution to such liability concerns is to require the driver to operate a turn signal to activate the feature that will allow the car to pass other cars without driver intervention. Only, if the driver has to use a turn signal, he’s still intervening to some degree, right? This tells me that we are not entirely ready to put all of our trust into technology and that we still must have some faith in humanity’s ability to make decisions. So, it would seem there is hope…

What do you think about Tesla, transhumanism and technology’s ability to govern humanity? Do you believe we’re moving into dangerous territory, or do you think we’ll be safer in autonomous vehicles? Feel free to comment below with your thoughts.

The work days were long… the schedule was full and the tedious toiling of everyday life began to weigh on my soul. The mornings and evenings in standstill, stop-and-go, 9-to-5, kill-me-now traffic. When taking a step back and looking upon it, it is actually quite eery. Tail lights like red glowing eyes of cattle being herded to the cubicle farm for their daily work load. The routine of the rat race has become so engrained in us that it is now ritualistic in nature. It was time to break away from it… Time to get going… To hit the ol’ dusty trail and open up the clutch on a wide open road.

Those of you out there who drive a clutch know how dull and exhausting it is to be stuck in rush-hour traffic. For me, there is a certain amount of time I can go before it begins to weigh me down and I know it is time to take a road trip. Sometimes I like to plan where I am going and other times I like to just get in the car, put my foot on the gas and go whatever direction the wind blows. This time, I planned a trip to visit my good college friend who was living near the Outer Banks, NC. On the way there I was driving through Charlotte, NC and made it a point to stop there and visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame before heading off towards my planned destination.

Well, as the saying goes, “When you make plans God is known to laugh.”

The first part of the trip was smooth sailing and the clutch was in 6th gear for the majority of the time. Right as I hit Charlotte, NC the smooth sailing turned into chaotic swerving when a car accident caused a sea of traffic. “Greaaaat…” I thought to myself. All I could think about was how this was going to delay my plans and get me off schedule. The mentality of the rat race was packed in the car, along for the ride, it was etched into my mind like the VIN number on my car.

After about an hour of traffic I was at the point of the accident as  Charlotte towing services were pulling off with the wreckage. The chaos calmed and the road opened back up and I was off on my way again. Following that bout of traffic I was feeling a little uneasy in a time which was suppose to be relaxing. Then it hit me… Charlotte was also known for it’s craft beer, my second love, and it was home to the recent gold winner Hop Drop ‘N Roll by NoDa Brewing. So, I stopped by NoDa for a pint before heading to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

As I took a sip of my delicious, frosty hopped filled beverage a grin crept across my face. Before the condensation from my glass could even hit the  bar table I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see a buddy of mine that I grew up with who I have not seen in years. He was a good friend and over the years for some reason or another we lost touch. I told him where I was heading and that I was just traveling through Charlotte. He being a Charlotte native offered to show me around the City of Charlotte and I gladly accepted.

After consuming a pint of 7.2% Hop Drop ‘N Roll I needed to get some food in my belly. My friend took me to a nice little eclectic, artsy restaurant called Cabo Fish Taco where I had the most amazing fish tacos I have yet to have. With a full, satisfied belly we made our way to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I have always been fascinated with how NASCAR came from the supping up of cars in-order to run moonshine. It is a sport born out of rebelliousness and speed and this is why I am drawn to it.

Afterwards my friend took me to some really cool spots around the city that I would not have been able to experience if I was not traveling with a local. We caught up on lost times, reminisced about the past and shared some laughs. All those years where space distanced us seemed to fade away as if no time had passed at all. I find that is the truest kind of friendships. People move and life gets busy and true friends can come together after times of being apart and not miss a beat. The beat, like the atmosphere was on point and as my friend and I exchanged contact info and parted ways I was reminded that the best moments in life come often unplanned. With my foot on the petal I left with the lovely city of Charlotte in my rear-view mirror. Calm. Cool. Cruisin’…

I’m glad you found me.

I see life as one big adventure, and I’m always looking for new ways to get from point A to point B.

As you may have read on my About page, I love cars. But probably not for the reasons you think. I’m sure when you got here, you probably had some preconceived notions. You probably expected to see a website that sounds like it was built by Tim Allen. Sorry to disappoint you.

I’m just an average guy who like to drive, think and write. Being on the road gives me time to collect my thoughts, and when I return home to my normal, everyday life, I spend time writing them down for the rest of the world to read.

So if you’re here, it’s because you happened to stumble onto my big adventure. And I’m so glad you did. I hope you’ll return often.

‘Til next time… have fun cruisin’. I will.

As human beings we tend to always want to keep moving, to be in motion… we need it… we love it. It is something ingrained in us from birth. If you do not believe me just ask any parent and they will tell you that when their baby is fussy they get in the car and drive. The end of the drive will more often than not result in sleeping baby. This soothing feeling we get to constantly stay in motion does not go away as we get older. This is because deep down in our soul we know that once we stop moving we will die.

Even as we get older the need to keep moving remains with us. A lot of times when things go wrong in our lives, events that pull the rug out from under us and cause us to bump our heads on a large chunk of reality, we tend to drop everything and move. Sometimes this takes form in relocating where we live, work, or even hangout. The urge to keep moving can also be found in the change of appearance or purchase of new possessions in the effort to reinvent oneself. The purpose of all of what we do is to stay in constant motion because if we do not keep moving we will stop, we will wither, and we will die.

As a baby I was told that whenever I was upset a ride in the car would always calm me down. Til this day nothing has changed. When I feel the pressures of life really starting to get to me I get in my ride and I cruise, I turn up the tunes and I cruise! I remember reading Neil Peart’s book that was about the most difficult time in his life when the drummer from Rush lost his daughter, wife and dog within a short span of time. After this life altering and tragic span of events happened he dropped everything, got on his motorcycle and hit the road traveling from his residence in Canada to the west coast of the the US, to Mexico and then back to Canada. The legendary drummer referred to this as “taking his baby soul for a ride.” I really liked that terminology and now, when life gives me lemons, I pack those lemons up and take my sweet baby soul for a ride.

We as humans are all apart of this rat race scurrying about trying to survive and make a better life for ourselves. In order to do this we must always keep going, forever changing with the times. We begin to base our movements on changes in the market place constantly shifting and moving to keep the gears lubed up and turning as if we are individual cells of a large organism that all have designated roles in order to stay alive. Since the very first spark of creation, all things have been in motion and there are no signs of things slowing down anytime soon. And for our sake… let’s hope that is true.

What is in motion stays in motion.