Hubby is start­ing to be­come slow­poke

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS REVIEW - By­tom and Ray Magliozzi King Features Syn­di­cate Click Jimmy.dins­more@cox­inc.com

Dear Tom and Ray: I am 65 and not yet ready to be­come a “geezerette.” My hus­band is two years older, and although he may look like one, he is not a geezer yet, ei­ther. Ex­cept when he drives in our univer­sity town, that is. He is mak­ing me nuts. We have a cou­ple of fourlane main drags in our town with 45-mph speed lim­its. He drives in the pass­ing lane at 35 with a be­atific smile on his face. Last evening, af­ter tak­ing my mother to sup­per and driv­ing through the same res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood we al­ways do, he drove 20 mph and com­mented: “That house really in­trigues me. ... That bush has bloomed twice this year.” I was tempted to jump out of the car. We were go­ing so slowly that I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been hurt. This is­sue is not a prob­lem on the high­way. He knows ex­actly how much over the speed limit he can go to not get tick­eted. One Satur­day, I in­sisted on driv­ing. When we got home, he said: “Well, you have an ex­tra minute and a half. I hope you do some­thing con­struc­tive with it.” Ouch. My hus­band runs a con­sult­ing firm, works out sev­eral times a week and vol­un­teers. I just don’t want to drive with a geezer and have oth­ers per­ceive him as one! Help!

— Gayle

ByJimmy Dins­more

Sixty years is a long time. In the auto in­dus­try, it’s an eternity. Very few cars will achieve their di­a­mond an­niver­sary be­cause few ever reach such iconic sta­tus.

En­ter my tester for the week — the 2013 Chevro­let Corvette Grand Sport Con­vert­ible. I know, I know, I have a great job. And, in­deed, I was one happy Wheels Ed­i­tor get­ting to drive this Amer­i­can icon. And of course, I drove it top down.

But, this was not just an­other Corvette. No, this one is likely to be­come a col­lec­tor’s item. Badged through­out this con­vert­ible was a spe­cial Corvette 60th An­niver­sary logo. The spe­cially de­signed logo was on the rims, the door sill, the steer­ing wheel and the seats.

Clearly, Chevy wanted to make it clear that 2013 is a very spe­cial year for Corvette.

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