…in these here modern times:
- Driving a manual transmission. I’m not saying that the near-disappearance of the stick shift is a good thing — anything but — but it seems that most automobile owners today are quite comfortable with being steerers rather than drivers.
- Parallel parking. Other than in city streets, almost all parking spots are adjacent and not parallel. I don’t remember in which state this happened (Pennsyvania?), but a woman sued the state’s driver’s code which mandated parallel parking proficiency, saying (quite rightly) that her inability to parallel park was a burden on nobody but herself, and any inconvenience suffered because she would have to drive around looking for non-parallel parking would be hers alone. The judge agreed, and the rule was set aside. I don’t know whether that’s spread to other states.
- Reversing ability. It seems that almost every car these days comes equipped with some kind of rearview camera and a warning system which beeps when you’re about to reverse into something. I have to say that this modern geegaw is one that I heartily approve of, especially for Old Pharttes like myself for whom turning around in the seat is no longer the simple task that it once was. (My 2013 VW Tiguan doesn’t have such a thing, and I wish it did.)
Feel free to add your ideas of other unnecessary driving skills, in Comments.
…in this case, three older women I still have impure thoughts about:
Caroline Quentin (64)
Never a great looker, but for some reason I always had a thing for her, starting with Jonathan Creek all the way through Blue Murder. And she’s never let her dumpy figure get in the way of her career, or self-esteem. My kinda gal.
Jean Smart (71)
Fell in love with her during the Designing Women days, never lost it. One of the sexiest voices of all time, and even though she’s from Seattle, she speaks Dixie with the best of them. And she inhabits every role she plays, ergo all those acting awards. The interesting thing is that she never really got to play the leading-lady femme-fatale romantic roles, probably because at 5’11”, she towers over most Hollywood actors, and casting directors are morons.
And last, but by no means least:
Rita Wilson (66)
Yeah, Tom Hanks’s old lady. Always had a slight thing for Greek chicks… and let’s not forget the freckled boob thing.
…that I inexplicably still find sexy. I know I know, they are long past their “Use By” date, but still…
Cyndi Lauper (75)
I just think she’d be great fun.
Marsha Blackburn (70)
Like so many beautiful women in this country, she’s a native of Laurel, MS.
Blythe Danner (79)
Always loved her, and would love to meet her in person, as long as she didn’t bring her dreadful daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow) along.
Brown-Eyed Girl — Van Morrison
Dream On — Aerosmith
Louie Louie — The Kingsmen
No links because ugh.
Coleen Rooney (wife of former England and Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney)
Of course, it’s all about personal taste, so feel free to add your oddities in Comments.