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Big cars and little cars

Uploaded: Apr 2, 2015

I wrote my last blog about my Maverick and the Good Guys show last weekend. That show featured big cars, the full size ones people can drive. I have two big cars, my 1973 Maverick and my 2013 Focus. That's about as many as I could afford or want, and more than I need. I also have many more little cars, the kind that can be displayed on a shelf.

Many years ago, back in the 1960's, I used to buy plastic kits of old cars. Most of these were from Revell which still makes plastic model kits for kids.

I wasn't a kid. I was in my thirties, but I loved old cars. I bought a full-size 1931 Model A Deluxe Coupe in 1969, but before I bought the big Model A I was into making little models of Model A's and other old cars. I had a display of them on a bookshelf in my parents' house in New Rochelle.

My parents sent me to a "fat farm" in New Jersey to lose weight. I wasn't nearly as fat then as I am now, but I was still too heavy for mother to accept. Most of the guests were older, probably post-menopausal, but there was a woman a little younger than I for company.

I don't remember her name, but she told me her boyfriend was Tucker Smith, a dancer in West Side Story. I was impressed. I just looked up Tucker Smith on IMDB and he died unmarried in December, 1988.

I spent most of my time there in my room building model cars. I remember coming down to dinner with my friend and acting very silly. I said I didn't know why I was so goofy. She said it was the glue. Huh! I was using the regular glue for plastic models. She said it makes you high. I didn't believe her until the news started reporting that kids getting high sniffing glue. Who knew? I wasn't addicted to the glue, I was addicted to the model cars.

I'm still collecting model cars, but these are metal die-cast models and do not require assembly or glue. I've been buying die-cast models from Publisher's Clearing House of all places. I keep hoping to win the $7000 a week for life, but in the meantime I'm spending $20 to $30 a month on little cars.

Mailers from Publisher's Clearing House come with a disclaimer that purchasing does not increase your chances of winning, but it does increase your chances of getting more entries, because entries come with bills and offers of more little cars.

The entry forms come with a "Sweepstakes Facts," notification listing the odds of winning the big jackpot at 1 in 1,700,000,000. That's one in one billion, seven hundred million. The prize won't be awarded until February 29, 2016, and the more little cars I buy the more entries I am sent. If I buy five more die-cast models and send in five entries, I could reduce my odds down to a mere one in 340,000,000!

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