Nowadays too many people want total comfort, anything less is taboo. Our hobby thrives on and rewards us for being uncomfortable. What's better than driving your hot rod on a chilly, crisp, clear day? We are the fortunate ones. Those who live in the computer-driven world don't understand our little secret. We are reminded that all those long, tedious nights alone in our garage are now well worth it.

Hot rodding isn't comfortable but it is rewarding. We owe it to those who haven't experienced our journey to show them that much of what is good and worthwhile takes time, dedication, and persistence all mixed with perspiration yielding a "meal" worthy consuming over a lifetime.

For me it will always be the slow and sometimes arduous process. The reward comes in the small daily accomplishments that finally manifest themselves in the drive. For as long as I can afford a gallon of gas and escape the never ending "deadline," I will find the resources to experience the road and all the discomfort that comes with the tiresome and long-haul effort that is hot rodding.

A Moment of Reflection
Geraldine Doyle recently died at 86. A Michigan factory worker for a short period of time, she unwittingly became the wartime Rosie the Riveter poster girl-she was 17. The inspirational "We Can Do It!" message became an icon of the feminist movement. Hot rodders young and old know the poster of the red lipstick wearing, red with white polka dot bandanna young woman with her sleeve rolled up and arm bent in a muscle pose. She wasn't the only "Rosie the Riveter" but she was the first and our hobby acknowledges and respects those who were, are, and will be the first at all venues. You see, hot rodding is more than fun with cars.