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     So I’m back from the Houston area.  For the first time in years I went into the swimming pool.  And I swam.  And swam, and swam, and swam.  Because I love swimming and I love being in the water and I spent way too much time out of it.

     I don’t hurt nearly as bad as I thought I would, and that’s a good thing.  What is bad, though, is that my right ear is clogged and it’s driving me insane.  I can’t hear worth a damn.  And it feels like I’ve got an ear plug in it.  My head feels heavy on that side.  Yep, it’s going to drive me stark raving mad.

     I didn’t get to drive the Viper this weekend.  Or even ride in it.  I did gaze longingly at it for a few minutes, though.  I also saw a new Dodge Challenger sitting in someone’s driveway.  I really wish I could get one.  I know everyone that knows me is sick of hearing it already, but a man has to be able to dream about something.  And I dream about zooming up and down I35 listening to the thunder of a 6.1 liter (372 cubic inches) Hemi V8 using up natural resources.  Sue me.  Anyway, on Dodge’s site I determined that the car I want would cost over $44,000.  Can I get a “Yoicks!” out there?

     Sure, there’s going to be someone who will say that I can get a lesser V8, or even a V6, and lose some options and bring it down to a more affordable price.  To them I say: What’s the sense in dreaming if you can’t dream big?

     Then there’s going to be the people that read this and decide that they, too, would like a $44,000 2008 Dodge Challenger that’s fully loaded and they’ll go out and get it.  To those people, know this:  I hate you.  It’s nothing personal and it’s not your fault.  I just hate you.

     Even if I hate you, if you’re able to get one I think you should because I’d like to see this car be a roaring success.  Plus, ten years down the road I’ll buy it from you used.