We Live But Once
My dad was a fan of the De Tomaso Pantera. He loved the way they looked, sounded, drove, and, maybe most importantly to him, were Powered by Ford. He was the kind of guy who loved all-things-automotive, but if you cut him, he’d likely bleed Ford Blue. Another automotive love interest he had was with the Maserati Quattroporte Series III, but after learning more about their maintenance requirements and costs, he simply admired from afar.
In pressing him once and a while to buy a Pantera, he wouldn’t hear of it, saying cars like that bring a lot of grief and trouble. But, he never stopped dreaming of them or looking at them as they drove by or seeing them at an event. At the Fabulous Fords Forever show held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California each year, several hundred Ford-related vehicles would convene in the overflow parking area for one day of Ford bliss. He would spend some time with me showing the Mustang, but then ultimately end up with the Pantera group. He once said the best way to have a yacht was to have friends who own them, or something to that effect. I guess that was how he saw the Pantera too. Shortly before he got sick, I pushed him a little bit again to get a Pantera, but I was met with the same resistance. Ultimately, he died never owning one, but I don’t think he had any regrets in that. I really don’t think he gave them that much credence that owning or not owning one was a life-altering decision. His priorities were somewhere else.
In this day and age of Covid, many of us have been made more acutely aware of the time we have on this planet. It’s made us more interested in doing what we’ve long wanted to do, buying what we’ve wanted to buy, and, maybe most importantly, spending time with those who matter most. In my neighborhood, I’m seeing more people getting together for weekend bar-b-ques and get togethers, and, slowly, I’m finding more and more informal cruise ins occurring all over – all of them honoring new criterion to safeguard each other’s health, but everyone dipping their toes back into the pool of what used to be our normal. It’s good to see, especially with the Holidays coming up so quickly.
Speaking of the holidays, it’s a great time to set dates with friends and family – set it up early, don’t procrastinate, be proactive. Remember the finite and unknown amount of time we’re afforded and make the most of it. Figure out how to take that trip, get over the fear of acquiring your dream car, even if it is a little flashy, take some time and spend it with those who are important to you, take some time and donate it to those who maybe don’t have much or many. Whatever you do, be sure your priorities are in check and plan accordingly; we live but once. Here’s to wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a spectacular 2021.
- Don Weberg