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I have come to understand that one of my challenges/opportunities in this life is to learn humility and tolerance. For this to happen, I must encounter people that try my tolerance, and force me to surrender ego as the ultimate demand.

In every case, doing so has brought more good into my life than the price that was exacted.

In the case of the Larry's, I've chosen to admire the supreme curmudgeonry that they have achieved, Sr. being naturally farther along the road than Jr. I choose to admire the art and freedom of self expression rather than focus on whether my ego has been stroked.

I still struggle mightily with the local Sonic Drive-in help that cannot, or will not, listen to the order being placed, preferring to interrupt in the middle of the conversation to ask questions that were already answered. But then, perhaps we are all being asked to contribute to the education of smart-*** teenagers, and in so doing, become accomplished curmudgeons ourselves.

"Get off my lawn!!!"

One of my bucket list items is to go to work as a Walmart greeter and set the record for the shortest amount of time to get fired without actually touching or saying something to anyone, or breaking any public indecency laws.

Don P
Carson City, NV

Past Alfas...
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project

And past...
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird

You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...
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