F is for Freeways

Today I’m combining challenges. It’s F day in the A to Z Challenge (I suppressed the urge to publish a blank post with the title “F is for Fuck it”). This week at Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, the theme is Freeways, Highways, and Expressways.

This first photo was taken while riding on the infamous New Jersey Turnpike. (I recently watched Three Amigos for the first time in forever, so I had to use the word infamous.)

NYC skyline
NYC from the NJTP

This photo was taken last summer in Virginia. You may be able to see the satellite dishes and other communication equipment that are part of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Sunset and NASA Wallops flight facility satellites

This one was taken on a snowy New England road.

Snowy road

These last two aren’t really freeways, but Cee said that’s OK 🙂

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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Photo Challenge: Symbol–Wealth

Yellow Ferrari 458 italia
An expensive sportscar — symbol of wealth, luxury, and excess.

It blinds you with the mystery of its existence. How much does that cost? Whose is it? How do they afford it? And, of course, finally, jealously, What does it feel like to drive one?

A quick search online of this Ferrari and it seems to be a 458, which runs upward of $250,000. Even used, you’ll still pay roughly $200K for one.

It’s difficult to imagine spending so much money on a car. Easy to imagine having lots of money, I do that all the time, but hard to imagine parting with such a big chunk of it for something that’s going to drive on the roads with other cars and trucks and possibly be smashed — destroyed in the blink of an eye. Maybe I’m not imagining having enough money. I should think bigger, to the point where I’m not sweating $250K here or there.

What this particular Ferrari 458 is doing parked in the lot of this apartment building, with beat-up Honda Civics and minivans as neighbors, is anyone’s guess.

This week’s photo challenge theme is Symbol.

Nice Car: Green 1975ish MG B

I can’t quite put this in the “Dream Car” category as the Ford Galaxie 500 I saw recently, but this green MG convertible still looks like a lot of fun.

Green MG B "rubber bumper"
Green MG B “rubber bumper”

Again, I don’t know much about cars, but after some, um, diligent research on Wikipedia, it seems like this may have been made around 1975. According to this image on Wiki and the scanning of image search results I did, this model was known as a “rubber bumper.” According to classicandperformancecar.com

North American regulations requested a raised ride height and polyurethane-covered bumpers required to withstand 5mph impacts without sustaining damage. Although condemned at the time by fans, the federalised MGB was actually a successful styling job compared with its Italian rivals. Later B-series engines in North America were reduced to a single Zenith Stromberg carb, emission equipment and a catalyst. Now these black bumper cars offer the best regular use practicality and value of all the MGBs.

I saw this car on one of my trips to the farm. It was fun to see a sporty little car like this sticking out among the tractors.

(I can see the peonies in the background of the photo. Oh peonies, I miss you already!)

Dream Car: Ford Galaxie 500

This car is gorgeous.

Ford Galaxie 500 on the beach
Ford Galaxie 500 on the beach

The fact that it was parked on the beach made it even more appealing. I don’t know anything about cars, but I know when I see a pretty one. This car looks like it would make me feel amazing if I were behind the wheel.

According to my research (and by that I mean read the Wiki page for 5 minutes), it seems like this beautiful, green Ford Galaxie 500 might be a third or fourth generation, or made between 1965 and 1974. Anyone into cars? Can you share some info? Comparing it to some of the pics on Wikipedia, it seems like it might be from 1966-68, maybe?

I saw this on Assateague Island last weekend and was very tempted to hop in it and check it out. Maybe one day I can learn how to Photoshop myself into it.