Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Out to Pasture Steed


My old steed, a 1998 Ford E-150 van, is ending its career with me shortly. Massively styled, really, really big at 5200 lbs (2360 kg), and reliable, I will miss the useful beast as I replace it with a newer 2008 Dodge wheelchair minivan in about a week or so.

For Brisbane resident Tracy's wonderful Shadow Shot Sunday, the immense vehicle allows for equally immense shadows. On a sunny day last September, when parked in front of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, these captures were taken. A hulking beast of burden sits nicely here on a glorious day, warm and sunny.

The shadow here is not so much the Ford but the reflected grounds and building behind. It was a fine day for taking photos.

As my method of ambulation is a rigid-frame power wheelchair, there are few vehicles that can accommodate me. I won't miss the size. I advertised it for sale on craigslist so hopefully someone else in a 'chair can remain a bit more independent...

If i could walk, I'd happily drive a fun small car with a hatch, 4-cylinders and manual transmission (I miss a clutch pedal still!), say a Nissan Versa. But given the 'chair that requires lots of space, any means of independence, no matter how big, is nice to have!

35 comments:

Linda said...

No doubt you'll miss your trusty steed when it's gone but the new sleeker model is going to be a real dream to drive as well as maintain. Plus you'll no doubt smile a lot more at the gas station!

Carletta said...

Your trusty steed was shiny and bright on this day that left the massive shadow!
Looking forward to seeing your new mode of transport Ralph as you and your new Dodge "Grab Life By The Horns."

Catherine said...

good luck with the new Dodge...great shadow cast by the outgoing vehicle

Carin said...

How cool such a big car and so glad it is able to accomodate your wheelchair. Good luck with the new care and hope it will take you to fun places!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Sylvia K said...

And a handsome, trusty steed it is! And it does cast a wonderful shadow. I, too, look forward to seeing the new steed and hope it is exactly what you need. Your post reminded me of the time when I worked with the first Independent Living Center in Montana many years ago and how hard we worked to make life better for those in wheelchairs, there weren't many vehicles in those days for the disabled unless they were custom built which generally cost more than most could afford. It was one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had. It feels so good seeing how much better life can be with a disability. Have a great weekend, Ralph!

Sylvia

Birgitta said...

Good luck with the new car! Great shadow shots!

Martha Z said...

I hope your new steed serves you as well. Hopefully the old one will give independence to someone else in need.
As we age we realize the day is coming when we will have to relinquish some of our own independence. Reflexes slow as the time it takes to process what is happening around us lengthens. I appreciate the freedom we have had while acknowledging that some time in the next 10 years we will have to give some of it up.

Carolyn Ford said...

I always feel emotional when we sell a car. I think of all the nice places it has faithfully (or almost faithfully) taken us. But...bonding with the new car doesn't take long, either. I hope this old van gets a nice home and that you get on the road again in your new pick!

Cassie said...

Subtle shadows everywhere. Neat. I'm so amazed at the mobility that is available now. How cool that you are getting a new work horse! Funny that you miss the clutch, as my workhorse a 1995 Subaru wagon,is standard and sometimes I'd LOVE to have an automatic! Especially when my fibromyalgia is bad & there's pain with each shift and clutching. Happy SSS!

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice shadow shots, hope your new vehicle proves to be reliable and enjoyable to drive

frayedattheedge said...

Excellent photos! Happy motoring in your new vehicle!!

Dimple said...

Nice shots. I hope your new vehicle will be even better for you than this one has been.
Blessings!

Stine in Ontario said...

Saying good bye to a faithful friend - even if it's steel on wheels -- is usually a bit hard. It certainly casts a BIG shadow. :)

Jen said...

Happy SSS to you Ralph
Your trusty old ride had provided a lot for you--even opportunities for SSS. :)

Sweet Repose said...

I had a 1998 Ford F150 pickup, the exact same color. I traded it in after Hurricane Charlie took out the motor on my electric windows...too hot to drive around with the windows down and rain comin' in...but I loved that truck too, she was a beauty!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Wow. That's a big vehicle! We have a GMC suburban that doesn't get used much but it runs on diesel, which is helpful when we do need it. I hate driving it but almost-my-hubby won't give up! :-)
Good luck with the new mini-van.

Hot Fudge said...

That is quite a steed and I can understand your mixed emotions. Our trusty set of wheels has been through the wars, but every little imperfection brings back memories - some of them painful!

I really hope your new vehicle becomes a member of the family and settles in very quickly.

sarayutouched said...

it's not easy giving up your familiar ride...I had a chevy lumina van for 12 years...loved that beast too!! thanks for sharing the shadows of your ride today.

Sam said...

Wow! Yes, that car is gi-normous! I bet you feel secure and safe inside and I bet there's quite a good view from the cabin. I'm sure the new one will be everything this one is and then some!

Have a lovely Sunday Ralph!

LDH said...

You sure have kept this one in good shape! Just look at it sitting there all shiny and bright.

This past spring our faded, red 1993 Toyota with no air conditioning finally gave up. My husband was so sad to see it towed away!

Best wishes to you, Ralph, with your new vehicle!

Gallery Juana said...

You've really kept up the van in good condition. I thought it was your new ride and not the one you're letting go of.

You'll be having fun making new memories with your new ride and remembering warmly the old memories from your old van.

Beverley Baird said...

Great shadows with these great vehicles!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

nice shot and cool steeple ears too

Hey Harriet said...

Whoa! That is a big beast of a car! I would at least feel fairly safe driving something of that size. Problem is I don't think I'd be capable of driving something that size! I hope the new car will be nice to drive. Have a great week Ralph!

BLOGitse said...

wow, that's a big car! I can imagine how important it is to be independent, to drive when you feel like that.
Great shots!

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Maggie B said...

What a beast, great farwell shots.
Thanks for visiting Normandy.
~Maggie~

Sarah said...

It is strange how we get emotionally atttached isn't it? I am changing my car(a very small Nissan Micra) in three weeks and will be so sad to see it go! Yours is an impressive beast indeed. I hope you enjoy the new one as much.
Thanks for your comments as always and glad you saw Bert and Ernie at last! Happy driving!

Greyscale Territory said...

That is an impressive hulk! I still have a very soft spot for my very first car! A moody, quirky Datsun 120Y Hatchback! I really felt quite sad when finally the old friend just couldn't churn the road anymore! Lovely solid shadows round your hulk and a great tribute to a faithful friend!

Dianne said...

she was a good and loyal tank
on to newer and sleeker

Serendipity said...

It has quite a shine as well as a big shadow!

happily retired gal said...

Parting is sweet sorrow, right? Good to have photos and this post to bring back memories of the places this Ford took you. Nifty shadows and reflections too.
Hugs and blessings,

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

It looks like a beautiful day in Hartford indeed! Bet you can't wait for your new dodge to get you here & there!
Hoping that you can sell this one soon!
(by the way, you can pop in anytime for punch in our grooooovy glasses Ralph!!)
Have a lovely week!

Paula Scott said...

Wow. Parallel lives to some degree. We listed our 1987 Toyota Landcruiser on Craigs list. Old faithful with over 200K miles on it. But, we can't afford to just keep it and not drive it and it's too expensive to drive!
We are sad to let it go, but we must. It leaves us tomorrow. Doesn't it feel like you are letting go of a family member? So many memories.

Paula said...

Ralph, I'm always impressed with the way you get around. I know your bud, Van Ford, will find a good home. You and your new friend, I'm sure you'll be best of friends.

Explore Germany said...

you seems to love car so much..We can't afford to have a huge one here in Germany because the gasoline is very expensive plus the insurance and the taxes..whew!! yesterday 1 liter of gas cost 1.41 Euros..That's is almost a gallon in the US ..right? have a nice weekend!