Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday scenes and scenery: auto hood ornaments

While Walking San Francisco, I'm always on the lookout for interesting hood ornaments.

They are not as common as they once were. Perhaps that had something to do with my anarchist friend who years ago made a sport of breaking off those Mercedes markers. The MG one looks tougher.

The truly old ones aren't gaudy.

This one on a Hudson (ca 1954) conveys solidity.

On the other hand, Chief Pontiac and the Plymouth bird are kind of weird. Once upon a time, cars were far more magical. Soon, if the driverless future ever arrives, they'll just be mechanical conveniences, like washing machines. Bye, bye romance. Good riddance I say.


Brandon said...

"Bye, bye romance. Good riddance I say."

How come?

janinsanfran said...

Hi Brandon! We've remade our cities and towns to accommodate cars and invested those cars with romantic qualities. And the car era has felt like fun. But our urban pattern of life is unsustainable and the dominance of individual cars can't (and won't) pass away soon enough for me. Driving for fun requires wide open spaces -- for most of us, it's got to go. And is no longer fun, rather drudgery.

Watch out for that volcano!!

Brandon said...

It's what Kunstler calls the Happy Motoring way of life. Life has been very, very hectic the last few months, but I'd like to research the history of transportation on the Big Island. We've had railroads, which the 1946 tsunami effectively ended, but they were intended mainly to transport cane.

As for Kilauea: This is a new direction, with the lava draining out of the Pu'u O'o crater and flowing southeasterly. Leilani Estates is a large subdivision in lower Puna. We've had a 6.9 earthquake this afternoon, and may have more ahead. Kilauea's flows are extremely unlikely to affect Hilo. The volcano that poses the biggest threat to us is Mauna Loa, whose last major eruption in 1984 neared the upper reaches of Hilo.

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