Dodge Spotting

As a certified, dyed-in-the-wool car fanatic, I love to drive. Anywhere. And it’s not just about the excitement and fun of sliding behind the wheel of that magical Blue Streak Pearl Challenger of mine, but the possible encounters I’ll have along the way. Oftentimes, it’s a stoplight conversation, which usually starts with “’Nice car! How do you like it?” at which point I express my love for the car and encourage my new friend to test-drive one. Yet there’s something else that I look forward to just as much:

 

Dodge Spotting.

 

Dodge Spotting

 

The train aficionados have the whole idea down to a science, heading out to the tracks to see a particular engine or series of cars as they make their way from place to place and sharing these sightings with their like-minded pals. Car folks, well, we have it a bit easier, as we can take in the sights while we head to our destinations. And I have a blast doing this. Sure, traffic can be a bore, but I find, more often than not, that there’s always something interesting in the line of cars ahead or to the side, and when it wears a Dodge badge, the hunt becomes exponentially more interesting! I have this ever-growing mental list of cool cars I’ve seen on the street, broken neatly into categories like “Nice Wheels, ” “Outstanding Stance” and “How Rare Is THAT?!, ” which receives a lot of attention by way of real-time updates and reviews. It truly makes me glad that I’ve yet to run out of memory. And if I did, I’d most likely just elect to overwrite more nonessential things, like the grocery list or how to tell time.

 

It has never gotten old for me, either. That same skip of the heart, the quick rush…that “Look over there!” moment when I spot a Charger or another Challenger, or a restored or tricked-out classic. Something stirs, and for as long as I can recall, it’s always been the same feeling. I make those mental notes about the Phantom Black Charger or the Header Orange Dart GT I saw while hopping on the freeway, and grin just a bit. Even better are those moments when I encounter another Challenger, and its driver and I each give a little wave, acknowledging that we’re both keeping entertained and enjoying another drive. That little moment of camaraderie can make even the worst day just a bit brighter. Strangely, I’ve never experienced anything similar regarding a pair of pants or shoes, and probably for the best, really. That could be a bit odd. Thinking about it, though, consider how many other people must own a similar shirt to yours, and yet we’d probably not think about that as we walk around. I’d have to theorize, then, that it’s got a lot to do with the excitement that a Dodge can create in traffic. Classic, aggressive and, I have to admit, a constant source of that goofy grin on my face.

 

Here’s hoping that you’ll return my wave or nod of approval should we meet on the street one day, and that you’ll know that I’m adding your ride to my “Dig What I Saw Today” list.


13 Comments

  • Del Swanson
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    It is neat to share the nod or the wave of the “brotherhood of cool stuff”

    • Posted October 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      That little nod (or wave) always packs a ton of good feelings! I was going to experiment with creating new variations of the “thumbs-up”, but so far, my attempts have been misinterpreted as “I really dig your wavy hair” and “that guy loves addition”.

  • Aran de Baron
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Love the read Brian. I feel that anyone that comes on here is at a unified level of appreciation and that ‘feeling’ that life has been simplified by our fond memories of our favourite ride … and yes, it will always beat that experience; of buying a new pair of pants or shoes, haha

    • Posted October 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Aran! I have to agree: Even if the pants (or shoes, I suppose) in question were terribly worn, nothing compares to the feeling of seeing a favorite car, and knowing that we share a memory or two with someone else!

  • Joe Bortz
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Did you ever notice that fellow “like kind” car owners will always give you a break in traffic as well? It’s kind of a non spoken bond between the group of owners who dig what they drive. I always enjoy reading your blogs. I get more enjoyment reading your material than from the three different car magazines I subscribe to.

    • Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      I have noticed that! I always wondered if I was giving a bit too much credit to those breaks or impromptu rights-of-way, but now that you mention it… And big thanks for the kind words on the blogs! Glad to know that they’re being enjoyed!

    • Posted July 11, 2016 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      This is just the pecfert answer for all of us

    • Posted January 9, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Sehr inspirierender Artikel (nicht nur dieser…) – da ich gerade auch mit den strukturellen Planungen fürs nächste Schuljahr (ein drittes) beschäftigt bin. Genau so eine gemeinsame Phase inkl. des täglichen Wechsels von Rechnen und RS-/Grammatik-Arbeit schwebt mir auch gerade vor. Ich wäre sehr an einem Einblick in deine Blitzrechen-Ãœbungsformate interessiert.Danke auch für den Hinweis auf die neuen Angebot bei PikAS, hatte ich noch gar nicht mitbekommen!

    • Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Arkadaşlar eski türkçe altyazı ile yeni türkçe altyazı arasında bayağı fark var izlerken farkettim ve cidden çevirinizi çok beğendim devamınıda sizin altyazılarla izleyeceğim Şimdiden teşekkür ederim son bir sorum var dizinin 450p yada 720p versiyonlarını nerelerden bulabilirim.

    • Posted January 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      I have a Choc-a-lot smoothie (milkshake) next to me right now. I love it with frozen banana, frozen cherries, and almond milk. Unfortunately, my favorite new product are those pico de gallo vegan Doritoes, can’t remember what they’re called. Too good, yikes.

    • Posted February 2, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Met de inhoud an sich eens, denk ik, maar ik denk wel dat ‘je’ hier een enge versie van ‘personal branding’ hanteert. ‘Authentiek’ zijn en “persoonlijke en professionele tweets balanceren” omdat jezelf als handelswaar verkopen niet bij de mores past: dat lijkt me nou uitstekende personal branding. Degene die ideaaltypes gebruiken nog meer. Goed, dan is ‘imago’ dus je ‘personal brand’? Ja, ik denk dat dat in dit geval ruwweg dus zo is.

  • Scott Summerson
    Posted February 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi guys, I guess I’m the first one here that has a truck, 04 Ram / 5.7 Hemi – Red, Anyway I have had my truck since 05 and almost every time I go out anywhere and park in a parking lot, when I come out of where ever it is, there is another Dodge Truck next to mine sometimes several all together! if there is a spot close to or next to a Dodge car or truck I will always grab that spot, we are like magnets to each other, and we do it without thinking about it! I think it’s Awesome!

  • Wendy Hamm
    Posted February 18, 2017 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Im always on the lookout for others like ours. We own two limited produced Dodges and its exciting to see another just like it. I always wonder do they know their baby is special. Love our Pumpkin and Luci. Dodnt know their was a wave, thought it was only for motercycle riders. That’s cool to know.

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