Morning, Glory

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Day 296

Have you ever noticed how some memories sneak up on you taking you by surprise? This morning I woke thinking about my childhood. Like many teenagers, I suppose, I loved sleeping in on the weekend. I would stumble out of bed, droopy-eyed and looking like I had come off a 24 work shift.

Mom was an avid reader and she would pause and peer over her book and acknowledge me. “Morning, Glory.” I had not thought about that in years. It made me smile.

My Volvo is in the shop for a serpentine belt, oil change and tire rotation. He is also looking at my mysterious A/C issue. Since we had to leave the car overnight we took advantage and stayed in town most of the day. We started by having breakfast — a real treat since we have been following low cholesterol eating guidelines.

The meal was okay, not great. When it came time to pay, the credit card system was down. After 15 minutes, they decided to go ‘old school’ and take the info down using a knuckle-buster or a zip-zap machine. The only problem is our newer chipped credit cards no longer have raised numbers, so it will not produce numbers on the carbon sheets. We were ready to pay cash when they system finally came back up.

We spent most of the remainder of the day test driving new cars. We drove a Subaru, a Honda and a Toyota. Then hubby drove a couple of Toyota Tacoma trucks and we found a really good deal on one. Actually, every dealership was in the mood to deal and we were shocked after our last encounters.

It was not good planning on our part to be in the position of needing two vehicles in the same timeframe. We may postpone the second for a few months and focus on finding a certified used car to replace the Volvo. Right now we are waiting to hear what the mechanic has to say about my car and how the insurance rates look for the truck.

Before we came home we stopped at an Asian market where I bought all the ingredients for making Vietnamese spring rolls. I am excited because we love them and it will make good use of some of my basil leaves from the garden. If you have a recipe or an ingredient you like, feel free to share your recipes!

Then hubby wanted to go by The Cheesecake Factory to get a couple slices of cheesecake to bring home. Nice way to end the day.

Throughout the day, I did some unscientific research. I have noticed most of the new vehicles have bump-outs on the inside of the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 position. So, that made me curious and caused my observation survey.

  • Very few people drive with their hands at the 10 and 2 position
  • The majority of people drive with one hand at the top of the steering wheel (me)
  • A lot of men seem to drive with their wrist on top of the steering wheel with their hand flopped over the back of the steering wheel
  • Older people and very young (new drivers) tend to drive at the 10 and 2 position
  • A few people have no hands showing at all which probably means they hold the steering wheel at the bottom
  • The majority of people only use one hand on the wheel most of the time

I wonder if the bump-outs are to keep you from wrapping your thumbs around the wheel and thus prevent injuries in the event of a crash? I could research, but I am curious how you drive! Which driver are you?

19 thoughts on “Morning, Glory”

  1. I did notice those indents/bump-outs on my car. I tend to drive with my hand on top, but sometimes I drive with one hand at either the 10 or the 2 position.

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    1. Dan, I think I noticed them more because I tend to wrap my hands around the wheel and the bump outs make it hard to do that. They look like they might be intended as a place to rest your thumbs.

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  2. I tend to be a one-hand on the wheel driver, to be honest. Even using just one hand to apply full-lock, by spinning it with the edge of my palm.
    Good luck with the car-buying, Maggie. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Don’t you hate car shopping? Around here they make it so miserable even when you say please just give me the best deal. They make you wait and haggle. Just bought a new vehicle and forgot how awful and time consuming it is. I rarely say I hate something but car shopping – yuk!

    Now Vietnamese egg rolls. That’s another thing!! 👍😉☺️. Yum!!!!

    And my grandma used to say morning glory to me when I woke up on summer breaks at her house. Makes me smile remembering ☺️❤️

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    1. Yes, car buying is the worst. We had a no haggle dealership in Orlando when we lived there and it was so much nicer.

      I purchased all the ingredients for spring rolls, so we will be enjoying them soon!

      I am glad you have warm memories of your grandma. I have lots of them, too.

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  4. I always greeted my daughter the same way. I had never thought of making spring rolls. Do you have a recipe that I could use? I put my hands on the 10 and 2. I was terrified by my driving test and have kept them there ever since even though I am not being graded!

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  5. I’m also a 10-and-2 driver. I was never comfortable just driving with one hand. Sometimes I have to let go of the wheel to relax my “Gorilla Grip” that I adapt subconciously. Control Issues? Me? Nah… 😉

    I love the tofu spring rolls, especially with mint, and the peanut dipping sauce. I’ll pass on the cilantro, as I have the “tastes like dish soap” version of the gene. Next lifetime I want the other version.

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    1. Victoria, I am a cilantro lover and I know many people despise the taste. I do not have mint in my garden, but I do love basil. We always have peanut dipping sauce although I steer clear of peanuts myself. I love a nice sweet chili sauce with mine.


  6. I’m a 10 & 2er, but I’ve heard rumor that we’re not supposed to. On very long drives, when traffic is sparse, I drive with one hand on the bottom, but city driving keeps me erect and at 10 & 2.
    We got two cars at the same time. $ZING$ Next time, it will just be me, and I’ll be getting something that doesn’t have to mom. Can you imagine? I barely can.

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    1. I get tired holding my arms up in 10 2 especially on long drives. Maybe I am just a rebel. Looks like you have a cool car buying adventure in your future!

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  7. Is the Cheesecake Factory a “thing” (I did take more than this out of your post..good luck with car dilemma!) but I am a lover of Big Bang Theory..Penny worked as a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory – I always thought it was I know it’s a “thing”?

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    1. The Cheesecake Factory is a restaurant chain so yes, it is a thing. They have the largest menu ever and their cheesecake flavors take up one entire page. Thank you for taking time to comment.

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