It's just now hitting me that Tom passed away. There are a great many injustices I can accept, but I refuse to tolerate a cosmos so poorly managed that Click and Clack aren't immortal.
|The Mothership |
My favorite is still the guy whose father's will had specified that his body be cremated and the ashes mixed with gasoline, put in his car and driven down his favorite country road. The son called and wanted to know if the ashes were going to make the car break down and strand him.
It hit that sweet spot between poignant and ludicrous that I absolutely love.
The comic book writer Mark Gruenwald had his ashes mixed into the ink of a special printing of the comic he was most proud of writing, "Squadron Supreme". (I have a copy.)
I like to hope that Dodge will produce a custom edition line of Darts with Tom's ashes mixed into the paint. Then, if the Catholics are right and we are bodily resurrected on Judgment Day, Tom will command an army of Dodge Darts.
I think my favorite was when I was driving because I desperately needed a car to get somewhere, so I borrowed my brother's, and this guy called in to talk about how his girlfriend was complaining that he was always needing a ride somewhere because he needed a license. Basically he liked riding his bike or taking public transportation, but situations would come up just like mine. "That's me," I thought, but was also like "That's not a question about a car, just the idea of driving one" and figured they'd just say "sorry, wrong show," or something like that.
Instead, Tom goes on this incredible rant about the merits of public transportation vs. driving, on a show about cars and car problems. Some of what he said was a little far-fetched (more-or-less he said that it'd be cool if the busses worked more like trains, with food service and even live musicians, anything to cheer people up instead of the dour feeling of having to take the bus) but that was Tom's world, and frankly it's the world I'd like to live in too.
I totally didn't get it at first.
|Scrotum H. Vainglorious |
It's hard listening to repeat episodes knowing he's no longer with us although I got a good laugh when they played "best of Tom" on the Saturday following his death. I had no idea these two were MIT grads as I thought it was just part of their schtick.
We should have a CarTalk week.
They knew people in the highest places.
|infinite zest |
I never thought that you could make 1-888 or personal calls from space, and that it worked more like an airplane's communication system, with a direct line to NASA or something, so if you were going to talk to your wife or whatever, they'd have to be in that room. Good to know, in case I ever go to outer space.
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