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Went to see "Ashley" again...

By CorvairJim

Filed under: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair ("Ashley")

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My wife Rose (MAXXINE to all of her Motortopia friends) and I just got back from a much-deserved week's vacation in the beautiful Pocono mountains for some R&R in the cool (if somewhat rainy) weather, and a time to decompress from the stresses of working for the Poatal Service. At this point, I don't know whether I'll have a job come March, if the Postmaster General has his way and breaks the contract, doing away with the "No Layoff" clause that was written in in exchange for the unions granting the U.S.P.S. a "No Strike" clause. They say they'll do the layoffs from the top down to eliminate the highest-paid employees first so, with nearly 26 years there, my neck is DEFINITELY on the block!

Anyhow, back to happier things, namely our trip. We went to a church on Sunday where a friend is the Pastor, then enjoyed their monthly breakfast afterwards. We met this gentleman through a prayer group in our home church that Rose is active in that goes up to the Poconos once a month to pray for his 22 year old daughter who is severely handicapped due to being struck by lightning about 3 years ago. Please remember Emily in your prayers. Her folks tell us that she was always a bright, cheerful young woman with aspirations of eventually becoming a doctor when the incident occured. Emily is still a beautiful young lady, but she's having a tough time re-learning every aspect of life, from walking to talking, to even feeding herself. But you can still see that spark in her eyes and her beautiful smile that lights up a room. The 'old Emily' is still there, but she just can't express herself or move in any coordinated way. I can't begin to imagine how frustrating that must be for her, but she's a fighter, and always seems so cheerful. This evening, before leaving the Poconos to return home, we returned to the church to help out with their annual Pork & Sauerkraut dinner. It was nice to see them one more time before leaving for home (and dinner was great too!).

Monday saw us heading west to Mountainhome, PA, to visit our friend Harry Callie, the gentleman who bought my '66 Corvair "Ashley" from us a couple of years ago. Last year, I was upset by her condition. He clearly hadn't been driving her, and she was filthy inside and out. He mentioned that she didn't seem to be running right, so I offered to take her for a couple of days to see if I could figure out what, if anything, was wrong with her. I wrote a blog about that last year along with photos in an album from our time with her. Anyhow, imagine my surprise when I found out that Harry had followed through on his promise to me that Ashley would be professionally restored cosmetically (She didn't really need anything mechanical done to her). I went back to the garage and there she was, my old baby, looking brand new! All the minor little parking lot dings were gone along with the rust spots that had started to develop from four winters worth of driving in Pennsylvania road salt. The broken taillight lens had been replaced. All of the dinged-up chrome pieces had been straightened or replaced. The front seats had both been reupholstered, and the carpet re-dyed to get rid of decades worth of sun fading. She still needs some detail work taken care of, but it did my heart a world of good to see the old girl looking new again. Harry told me that he would be more than willing to let us use the car again for a few days, but for the fact that it was currently impossible to get it out of the garage! It seems that last week, a big ol' bear had wanted to get into the garage and had broken the door to the garage bay where the Corvair is parked. The door won't move without the risk of it collapsing on the car. The PA Department of Fish and Wildlife came in and set a humane trap for the bear, caught it, and released it somewhere where it shouldn't be a bother to people. Maybe next year we'll be able to take her for a drive... I hope!

(While we were there, I volunteered to exercize any of his other collector cars for him if he wanted me to. That list includes a 1970 454 Corvette coupe, a 1963 Bel Air wagon with a 409, another Corvair, this one a '65 Monza painted "Evening Orchid", a '59 Edsel Ranger, a '66 Rambler Ambassador convertible, a '62 Studebaker Lark, a '55 Studebaker sedan, a '65 Dodge pickup, and a gorgeous dark blue '47 Cadillac sedan.)

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The_Dude’s Profile Photo
Oct 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm
That's GREAT! It's good to hear that Ashley has finally been given the beauty treatment that she had been promined. I hope he gets the garage door fixed and enjoys the car some before the snow starts to fly.
donnalove’s Profile Photo
Oct 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm
very cool story
Thundercat’s Profile Photo
Oct 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm
I agree with Earl. But when my last job started laying off, the bosses started getting the bump first.
It really does suck that companies are laying off the higher paid to set thier budget.
It may take a little while, but you'll find another job. Good luck. and glad you had a great time on yor vaca.
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Oct 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm
How awesome that your baby is being so well taken care of...despite potential wildlife attacks! I didn't know that a real car guy had purchased her. That is just great. It's also wonderful that you and Rose got to have a very relaxing down-time to help ease the day-to-day stresses. Just remember, whatever happens with the job, God is good and will keep his promises.

ausumx’s Profile Photo
Oct 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Thanks for sharing!
Justa6’s Profile Photo
Oct 16, 2011 at 10:56 am
Sounds like a great time.
Maxicoop’s Profile Photo
Oct 16, 2011 at 8:25 am
First off jim, I understand your venting of you job....we all have to do that so we can keep our don't feel bad about that ,
now vacatition are needed by everyone again just to keep us sane and doing it when the leaves are changing is one of the best times to do it. looking at God;s art work always relaxes me.the other part of relaxation I see for you is seeing Ashley, she may not be yours, but she's still (and always will be) part of your family. be thankful you stil have visitation rights..the bear I could do without especially trying to get into the garage..and last but not least, what a collection your friend has that collection would make any motorhead jealous....tthanks for sharing
ewaskew’s Profile Photo
Oct 16, 2011 at 7:59 am
Good story about the car and the R&R.
However the job part sucks
It use to be last hired first out the door.
Not anymore your time and dedication do'nt mean CRAP anymore.
And after they cut the high payed employee's they'll still rase rate's and take more money by using excusses for the reason.
I bet that high payed man that do'es the cutting keep's his job.
If that's the way it's going to work by starting at the top he and other's right under him should be the first to go.

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