Tagged with 'cars'

Brown Bear Car Wash giving out FREE car washes this Thursday, Aug. 27

Brown Bear Car Wash giving out FREE car washes this Thursday, Aug. 27

Celebrating its 58th anniversary, Brown Bear Car Wash will be giving out FREE washes to cars and trucks this Thursday (Aug. 27), including at its location in Des Moines. Hours for the special all day... [Read more]

The Vet Says…Summer poses serious risks for our furry friends

The Vet Says…Summer poses serious risks for our furry friends

Advertiser Priceless Pet Clinic has some summer-related advice for all pet owners: What a great Spring we’ve had! I can’t recall the last time we’ve had so many beautiful sunny days this early in... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Notes on Speeding and Driving Drunk in France

The Marine View Driver: Notes on Speeding and Driving Drunk in France

In which the author writes of tiny cars, tinier streets, and contemplating the Return of the King. by Mike Smith I had a pleasant vacation. Thank you for asking. When we go to France, though, it is generally... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: A Few Notes on Bicycle Safety (From a Bus Driver’s POV)

The Marine View Driver: A Few Notes on Bicycle Safety (From a Bus Driver’s POV)

In which the author gets a few things off his chest. by Mike Smith How to drive. In my daily travels as a bus driver, I’ve been encouraged by my astute observations that a few tips on how to properly... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising in the Radio Flyer… er, Dodge Caliber

The Marine View Driver: Cruising in the Radio Flyer… er, Dodge Caliber

In which the author gets revenge on Cash for Clunkers. by Mike Smith I think I’ve written a little something about all the cars I’ve owned except one. My current car is probably the youngest... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Of Writer’s Block, Spark Plugs, Gas Tanks, & Pay Phones

The Marine View Driver: Of Writer’s Block, Spark Plugs, Gas Tanks, & Pay Phones

In which the author writes purely metaphorically, of course. by Mike Smith Having writer’s block is similar to having bad spark plugs. No matter how hard you step on the accelerator, your car just sort... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Hauling Containers with the Freightliner

The Marine View Driver: Hauling Containers with the Freightliner

In which the author learns about big-rig hillbillies and the fun of ownership. by Mike Smith This week we go a bit off road. One of the vehicles I used to own was a truck. I don’t mean an F150 or Silverado... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising with the 1992 Ford Tempo

The Marine View Driver: Cruising with the 1992 Ford Tempo

In which the author takes well-meaning advice from a friend but is not necessarily proud of it. by Mike Smith You may recall that I once owned a 1979 LTD—the one that had broken down in the middle of... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: My Very Brief Life as the Party Guest You Hate

The Marine View Driver: My Very Brief Life as the Party Guest You Hate

In which the author reflects on the cost v. benefit of owning a luxury car. by Mike Smith The one time I actually bought a car I had always wanted, and could simultaneously afford, I bought this BMW. It... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Of Cars Shows, Car Zoos, and Car Museums

The Marine View Driver: Of Cars Shows, Car Zoos, and Car Museums

In which the author masquerades as a person with actual money. by Mike Smith Due to the Christmas Holiday, and my real busy slouching period this week, this is a short article. Plus, I’ve written this... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: A Waterland Automotive Lexicon for the Holidays

The Marine View Driver: A Waterland Automotive Lexicon for the Holidays

In which the author gifts the reader an easier drive through life. by Mike Smith Cars have influenced our lives in many ways. One of the ways, of course, is in our language. The language of the average... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cattle Cars, or How to Drive While in Montana

The Marine View Driver: Cattle Cars, or How to Drive While in Montana

In which the author ponders nocturnal bovine encounters, the nature of memory, and other ruminations. by Mike Smith I think I’ve said before that I’ve owned 18 different cars in my life. I may be... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Attempting to Cruise in the 1979 Ford LTD

The Marine View Driver: Attempting to Cruise in the 1979 Ford LTD

In which the author experiences every possible human emotion during a Mariners game. by Mike Smith Back in 1992 I bought a 1979 Ford LTD. I’d always wanted a big car. I liked the LTD as a kid and bought... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Pondering How a Driver’s Car is not a Castle

The Marine View Driver: Pondering How a Driver’s Car is not a Castle

In which the author compares rural rodents with urban drivers. by Mike Smith Why do people like cars? I know that not everyone likes cars. But a lot of people do. An overwhelming majority, I’d bet.... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Bringing Ya’ll Up to Date on the 1993 Buick Century

The Marine View Driver: Bringing Ya’ll Up to Date on the 1993 Buick Century

In which the author writes about actual current events. by Mike Smith Sandy and I have a reoccurring pattern in our lives. It has been a decades-long unbroken chain supplying us with the wheels we need... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Crossing the Border with the Datsun B-210

The Marine View Driver: Crossing the Border with the Datsun B-210

In which the author once again finds that the car does not make the man. (Or does it? Hmmm…) by Mike Smith When we had been married for a few years and had a new one-year old daughter, we needed... [Read more]