“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” - 1 Corinthians 13:11 (KVJ)
I’ve had a subscription to some sort of car magazine, blog, etc. since I was ten years old. I used to covet and read car magazines like more well-adjusted boys used to secret Playboy magazines. (November 1994 was a classic of that particular tome, but I digress.)
For thirty two years, I’ve had some form of magazine, internet forum, website, RSS feed, or podcast I consumed about cars. At one point I subscribed or bought: Car and Driver, Road and Track, Automobile, Autoweek, Grassroots Motorsports, Roundel and even (God help me) Motor Trend. I couldn’t get enough. I was like a crack addict with zero biological limitations.
All that to say: No more; I’m done.
I unsubscribed from the last vestige of my fandom, the WheelBearings Podcast this past week. Their female voice, Rebecca Lindland is bowing-out to (re-)start her career somewhere in corporate america and it was time to take a step back.
I have a carefully cultivated list Twitter list, CarTwitter I’ve added to over the years. I’m hiding it in TweetDeck today.
I don’t know if today’s the day I became “old” or what, but it just is what it is. I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time memorizing, dreaming about cars. It just didn’t amount to much. They’re just things…increasingly irrelevant things in what remains of my life.
I still love a good rev-match downshift. I still love lateral g and the squeal of tires. Just time to turn the page.