Friday, December 4, 2009

Driving the Slug Bug

We have a 1971 VW Super Beetle. We bought it at a pawn shop (not kidding). It is Manly’s daily driver and I think it is the cutest thing ever. It has been blue, green, gray and striped. Right now it is white and has oversized fenders. Obviously, this is a work in progress which may never be a “completed” project.

Most days I drive the truck and Manly takes the motorcycle. Today it was bitter cold. There is not a heater in the bug, so I told him to take the truck and I would do the fetching and delivering of the monkeys with the bug.

The little guys walk across the street to school, but Teenage Monkey needs a ride. The little bug didn’t want to start because of the cold, but we got it on the road. It was fun watching kids walking to school stop and punch each other playing the slug-a-bug game.

This afternoon, I had to run a few errands and needed to put the bug on the highway. This can be a challenge because sometimes it’s get up and go has got up and went. It did just fine today.

There is a certain way a old VW sounds, smells and feels. When I was a little girl, my dad had an old bug. It had a hole in the floorboard. We could watch the road go buy under us. I remember riding along while the hum and vibration of the thing made me sleepy. Baby Monkey road along with me today. I looked over and he was barely awake. It has the same effect on him that it had on me when I was a little girl.


  1. Great story! Oh, those bug memories. Up here, most have rotted away because of winter salt. The modern beetles just aren't the same.

  2. Firstly, I love VWs in all shapes, ages, and sizes! Secondly, and I know this pegs me as an old fogey, but don't kids take school buses any more? My mother never would have driven me to school, nor did any of the other mothers back in the day!

  3. I love vw bugs! I have always wanted an old one. I was looking at one a few summers ago that was a convertable and in excellent condition. I realized that it wouldn't have been practical for my needs though.

    Thanks for commenting about the CSA! I can't wait to buy a farm and get started.

  4. I had a green bug one time.. That is how I learned to drive a stick shift. I loved my little bug..

  5. What a great memory. Cheesehead was laughing the other day about driving around an "old" car. He drives a 93 Lumina. He's looking forward to when it will gain collector status.

  6. I love my 1991 bought-used little red VW Golf, Debbi! VWs rule. I had a friend back in the day with a yellow Beetle that did have heat. The heat worked by turning the floor on the passenger side into a martyr's griddle. I remember many a ride with my feet up at neck height to keep my shoes from melting and/or catching on fire. I think you should be grateful that Manly's doesn't have heat!

  7. Debbie girl .. I am remiss about not being here more often ;-) I love the story about the bug .. hubby had one as a teenager and we love the old fashion ones the BEST ... the new ones are a joke ? LOL .. sounds like a great tradition carried on with the same comfort zone felt riding in the old gal .. not you !! LOL
    Joy : )