Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Drive To Five - Tuesday Tune, vol 91

Last November, I (from American Fork, Utah) met my friends Tina (St George, Utah) and Megan (Sparks, Nevada) in New York City.  Tina and I were there to run the marathon, and I begged Megan to join us for some kicks and many giggles.  Tina brought her son Tyson (Scottsdale, Arizona), because, as was obvious, Tyson is Tina's biggest fan.  Tyson brought his friend Branson (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Branson and Tyson had a rendezvous with their Connecticut friend Tony.

We were quite a bunch, us.  And while we were spread amongst the country with our ages and careers and hobbies, we had one thing in common:  The Internet.  We had all met, and befriended one another with the help of our high-on-tcp/ip brother: The Internet

Megan and I met through our prospective blogs, and became friendly enough to vacation together multiple times.  Tina and I met at a race in Hurricane, Utah, and thanks to Facebook, we became friendly enough to vacation together multiple times.  Tyson, Branson, and Tony, however, befriended one another because of this internet – enough to vacation together multiple times – but the internet wasn't the only thing that brought the three stooges together.  They were brought together because of a particular type of car, the Acura Legend.

Tyson, Branson, and Tony are Acura Legend connoisseurs, aficionados, etc. who are members of some Acura Legend on-line club for Acura Legend collectors.  They're hot stuff.  Legendary, in fact.

When I first met Tyson, I knew there was something special about him.  I'm sure one could know this Tyson for many years without uncovering all of his specialness.  I quite like the kid, and not just because he's Tina's.

As many of you already know – uh-hem – uncovering the specialness of a person is quite easy if they have a blog.  (I mean, look at all the specialness you've learned about me.)  When Tina was here last, she told me that our dearest, specialist Tyson has a blog.   I was tickled pink to discover that Tyson, and all of his many specials, can be read about on a blog.

Tyson's blog is called Drive To Five.  Check it out, you're gonna wanna, because it's an unfolding drama.  Tyson has an Acura Legend with (just over) 490,000 miles.  This reference to "Drive to Five" is a specific one.  The reference being Drive To Five HUNDRED THOUSAND.  That's 500,000 miles.  On the same car, with the same engine, the same clutch, and same other stuff – even the tranny (I love that word, tranny.  Say it.  Go on.  Say it out loud.  It's fun.  Tranny!)



Can you believe that?  490,000 miles.  Makes you want an Acura, doesn't it?  Does me.  However, it has also renewed some gusto for my current vehicle and it's 158,000 miles.  I'm going to take it all the way to 250,000.  Watch me.

But before you watch me take my little vehicle to 250k, watch Tyson take his to 500. Should be happening any day now (not really, might be a month or two.)  That's why today's Tuesday Tunes are all about driving and miles and cars and whatnot.

Ride The Lightning - Metallica
Journey To Oasis - Metisse
Dubbing In The Back Seat - The Upsetters
Shut Up and Drive - Rihanna
Middle Of The Road - The Pretenders
Cars And Guitars - Tori Amos
Good Times Roll - The Cars
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Proclaimers
Jerry Was A Race Car Driver - Primus
Joy Ride  - The Killers
Rockin' Down The Highway - The Doobie Brothers
Spinning the Wheel - George Michael
Get Miles - Gomez
I Like to Move It - will.i.am
The Dreaming Road - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Mint Car - The Cure
How Many Miles Must We March - Ben Harper (covered by WET)
Ten Miles Back - The Crystal Method
Rough Rider - The English Beat
Ghost Towns Along The Highway - John Mellencamp
When The Road Runs Out - Blonde Redhead + Devastations
Freedom's Road - John Mellencamp
King of the Road - Roger Miller
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
40 Miles To Vegas - Southern Culture On The Skids
Road To Nowhere - Ozzy Osbourne
The High Road - Broken Bells
I Am The Highway - Audioslave
Slow Ride [Single Version] - Foghat
Rental Car - Beck
Drive You Home - Garbage
Elvis' Wild Ride - String Cheese Incident
Love Is A Long Road - Tom Petty
Ride Of The Valkyries - Richard Wagner
Highway - Ingrid Michaelson
On the Road Again - Canned Heat
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Car Wash - Rose Royce
Car Lights - Papermoons
Under My Wheels - Alice Cooper
Asleep At The Wheel - The Bloodhound Gang
Highway 51 Blues - Bob Dylan
Key To The Highway - Derek & The Dominos
Gypsy Road - Cinderella
Ride - The Dandy Warhols
Passenger Seat - Death Cab For Cutie
The Long And Winding Road - The Beatles
Wide Open Road - Johnny Cash
Walk Or Ride - The Ditty Bops
Enjoy The Ride - Morcheeba Feat. Judie Tzuke
Slow Ride - Sublime
Oil 1 - Moby
Journey Within - Paul Cardall
Same Road, Same Reason - Acoustic Alchemy
Gasoline - Audioslave
Road Man - Smash Mouth
Side Of The Road - Beck
Why Don't We Do It In The Road? - The Beatles
Coming Down The Road - John Mellencamp
Silver Wheels - Heart
Car Song - Elastica
Moonlight Drive - The Doors
Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
Miles Away - The Verve Pipe
Every Day is a Winding Road - Sheryl Crow
Riders On The Storm - The Doors
Race Car Ya-Yas - CAKE
Freedom Of The Road - Martin Sexton
The Road - Patty Larkin
Highway Unicorn (Road to Love) - Lady GaGa
Road To Joy - Bright Eyes
Roads - Portishead
'Round The Wheel - String Cheese Incident
Drive  - The Cars
In the Backseat - Arcade Fire
Ticket To Ride - The Beatles
Queen Of The Highway - The Doors
Winding Road - Bonnie Somerville
King's Highway - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Heavy Fuel -  Dire Straits
Stickshifts And Safetybelts - Cake

... And this just in, a few, fine additions from Jenn:

Hell on Wheels - The Clarks
Texas Ride Song - The BoDeans
All My Roads - Colin Raye
Lost My Driving Wheel - Cowboy Junkies
Drivin' My Life Away - Eddie Rabbit
Just a Ride - Jem
The Truck Song - Lyle Lovett


Tyson said...

Two thumbs up! Makes me want to get in the car and do a little run around the country just to get this 500k business over with once and for all! The anticipation is killing me.

whitneyingram said...

I have been watching this Acura mileage adventure with great anticipation. It is so inspirational to me. I tell ya, I am keeping Little Red, forever and ever. Who says a Mormon mother of 3 needs a minivan? I don't!

Jenn said...

I'm feeling a little proud of being able to add to such an exhaustive list: Hell on Wheels, The Clarks; Texas Ride Song, The BoDeans; All My Roads, Colin Raye; Lost My Driving Wheel, Cowboy Junkies; Drivin' My Life Away(!), Eddie Rabbit; Just a Ride, Gem; The Truck Song, Lyle Lovett.

OK...I didn't start that intending to be a 'topper.' Mostly just wanted you to hear The Clarks because that's my favorite driving song. But then I got carried away in my iTunes, because this is what happens to the under-employed over-enthusiastic. Indulge, please?

Also? Props on Southern Culture on the Skids.

rabidrunner said...

Thank you Jenn! Just added 'em.

Colt said...

Random. I started following you via Fat Cyclist, and here you are writing about one of my best friends. Tyson was a groom's man at my wedding and been my buddy since 6th Grade (WOLVERINES!).

The internet is a small place.

Tia said...

I call shotgun when this milestone takes place! Oh, wait! I might have to plan strategically since I live 800 miles away from Tyson!

Jessica said...

I have come to the conclusion that Acura people (most especially Acura Legend people) are some of the greatest people in the world. My college friend had an Acura Legend and he is one of the coolest people I know. In fact, I sent him a link to Tyson's blog!

Thanks for "spotlighting" Tyson. He totally deserves it, 'cause this thing he's doing is crazy awesome.