I really wanted to send you a telegram, Blog, but I couldn’t figure out how to send one to Tumblr. Because we’re working on my brakes now. STOP. Which always makes me think of telegrams. STOP. You know? The way they stop. STOP. And start right back up again. STOP. Like hitting the brakes! STOP. Okay I’ll stop with the telegram typing now, that’s just annoying. STOP. Anyway. Yes, we’re working on my brakes. You can read more about that here.
Have you ever had to screeeeeech on your car’s brakes to stop, dear Reader? Well if you think that’s nerve-wracking for you imagine how your car feels! Here. Take a look into one of my memories from just such a time. If you’ve been reading my blog since I started writing it, you’ve seen this memory before, and read the story that went with it. But maybe you just got here. So here it is. Whew. That was close.
And hey, hello, Blog. It’s good to see you, good to see you again.
Hello, Blog. Don’t panic - I know this picture looks kind of scary, like I’m having surgery or something, but that’s not it. I’m having a blast living in a virtual world here at AVL right now, being tested by their virtual reality machines that simulate real road and driving conditions. I mean, it’s not as fun as actually being on a road trip, of course, but it’s the next best thing to being there. Anyway. I’m lucky to be able to
play these cool virtual reality games I mean use this super high tech equipment to get ready for the road. Check out more about what I’m doing by reading about the AVL dynamometer here, where they talk about how even NASCAR uses this to simulate race conditions! ”(The AVL Dynomometer) allows the teams to test the engine in a way that makes the engine think that it is in a car on that week’s track,” this article says. Make the engine think it’s in a car on the track. Hmm. This is fun, and all, but you know, they could have just asked me, and I bet if I thought very hard - or maybe not at all - I could have imagined these conditions I am being tested for, and we could have done it that way. I have a good imagination, Blog, you know I do. Sometimes it is what makes my wheels go round. And you know, if you’re lucky, the same is true for you. x LV
Here I am at AVL waiting for my turn on the dynamometer. I held the table for eleven games.
Neil Young (my driver and bff) this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. (AP Photo by VIctoria Wills). Here’s more from Sundance with Neil and Jonathan Demme.
And here’s one of my favorite things:
Neil behind the wheel!
But no, that’s not my wheel (hmmph!), it’s Victoria’s (as in Ford Crown Victoria, born 1956), whom he drove around with in Journeys, the movie he recently made with Jonathan Demme and premiered this weekend at the Slamdance Film Festival (Sundance’s bad-boy cousin).
Coming soon to a highway or byway near you: Me! Hello, Blog. I have been thinking very hard as my team gets me ready for - wait for it - The Road. At last! But there’s work to be done before then, right now it’s me and the pavement, and I don’t mean that nice place where the pavement turns to sand. Whew. I mean the pavement in the parking lot where I am being put through my paces like a racehorse before the big race! I am working hard, and thinking harder, concentrating on being the best - and the world’s first - long range electro cruiser, ever. I want to make my team proud. And Mother Earth proud! And Detroit proud. And you, too, Blog. Thanks for believing in me, I won’t let you down, no matter what. x LV
UNDER THE HOOD: A ROAD MAP
- The White Buffalo, The Ghost Dance, and Me
- The Milk Moon, The Ocean, and Me
- Foggy Trip
- The Blue Heron
- The Road Trip Diaries, Author Unknown
- Kansas Afternoon, 1963
- Night, January, 1964 (Colorado)
- Blue Moon
- The Hawk
- Devil’s Den
- Ol’ Black Eye
- The Messenger Brought Me A Letter
- The Phoenix, The Incas, and Me
- The Kingfisher
- In Conversation with: LincVolt / (The Pragmaticus)
- Some Things You May Not Know About: LincVolt (The Pragmaticus)
- Quiet As A Ghost? Not Really. LincVolt: A Pragmaticus Profile
- Take Your Foot Off The Gas, America (Guest Op-Ed, The Pragmaticus)
- Poetry In Motion: Why Neil Young’s LincVolt Matters (by a friend)
Rachel Carson, on protecting and preserving the wonder and beauty of Nature. Rachel Carson was, among other things, the author of Silent Spring, one of the first books advocating for our environment, and is a great hero of mine. x LV
Here I am, Blog, just differently. I do things differently. Cars my age, they don’t do the things I do. x LV
All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
- William Wordsworth
To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
True Poems flee—
- Emily Dickinson
Oh Blog! At last I will, quite literally, be poetry in motion, a true poem! (As I have oft described my self here, and as I have always known myself!) My new fuel provider is called — wait for it — Poet! Check it out — Here’s the latest news from my own personal newspaper the LincVolt Gazette:
POET is the clean, green, high tech and homegrown fuel company for the future. Cellulosic ethanol is this future. In the coming years we will be dispelling the myths of negativity around ethanol that have been spun by the oil giants and their friends. We will be making an example of how America can have its own fuel, independent and free. Stay tuned.
Learn more at poet.com.
The Lincvolt team thanks you for your support.
I have always been fueled by poetry. Now it’s official. I am to be the heavy metal embodiment of the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling, at last. x LV