From The Storyteller
Hello All: Classic cars and beautiful tattoos have a lot in common. Enjoy, Doug
“Those tattoos must have cost thousands”, me to Elaine as we observe a young woman with beautiful, multicolored tattoos running from her shoulder down her arm. They were tasteful, excellent body art that must have required months of effort, great skill and real artistic talent. Note: I do not have a tattoo, and can see no reason for getting one, but that does not stop me from appreciating fine art work when I see it.
And this brings me to “classic” car shows that appear at weekend festivals throughout the summer. There are some folks who literally drive their “classic” every day, some who only drive their “classic” when the weather is perfect, and some who tow their “classic” on a trailer and only drive them on and off. The effort and dollars that go into maintaining a “classic” car, at whatever level you participate, is both real and serious.
Having a beautiful tattoo has no economic rewards, and unless you sell your “classic” car, it offers no economic rewards either. The interesting thing is expensive tattoos and “classic” cars are not rare. The number of persons involved are significant. Which points me to the difference between facts and interests.
The car enthusiasts can tell you exactly how many pounds of torque are needed on a particular engine bolt (a fact) but are helpless to explain why they love cars so much. The young woman with the tattoos can share the enjoyment she has from her body art (also a fact) but is stumped to explain why.
I’m smiling. I have no tattoos, but had several “classic” cars and a “classic” sailboat. And this brings me to an observation: There is something within each of us that cannot be explained, and yet it motivates us to invest much of ourselves and resources.
Moral: Paying attention to our passions can be expensive.