I was sorting through some notions that came with one of the machines the other day. I came across some thread, of course. When I looked at the label and saw
"Ah, Mexican thread."
And that prompted a thirty year old memory. OK Not quite thirty years. Only twenty nine.
I was newly single and fiercely independent. I gained custody of the Bureau of Land Management 1971 Jeep Cherokee. It started leaking and I discovered that it needed a new water pump. It had a 6 cylinder engine, a radiator and a water pump. It was very basic. I took a look under the hood and said "I can replace that."
So I ordered the part and got under the car and did the job. But there was one bolt missing. I showed it to my friend L. who said that I could get one at the parts store.
"But be sure that you go in and ask for the one with the Mexican thread. That is very important. It has to be Mexican thread."
I did as I was told. The guy at the parts store gave me a weird look, but I just thought it was because I was a she, not a he, fixing a car and buying parts.
Later, when L. asked if I got it, I told him I did.
"Did you get the one with the Mexican thread?"
"Well, I don't know, I told the guy and this is what he gave me."
L. couldn't stand it any longer. He burst out laughing.
"I was just foolin with ya. There is no such thing."
I slapped him. HARD.
So when I saw this spool of thread I thought of my friends and laughed.
Then thinking about that Jeep reminded be of an earlier Jeep. A CJ 7. We lived out west on top of a mountain. We needed 4WD to get home. And who wrote the book on Four Wheel Drive?
I was in the habit then, of nursing my son while I drove up the mountain. It was efficient and dangerous. Did I mention that the CJ7 was a stick shift? I am a bit horrified that I did that. But I did. (I do NOT text and drive now, probably the modern equivalent) A few years ago I was at our local lumbar yard. I saw a tear off calendar. "You know you're a red neck if...." The one for that day was:
"You know you are a redneck if you can breast feed and drive your stick shift at the same time."
Whooo Heee. I reckon I classify as a Red Neck...