Sunday, October 21, 2007

What's With the Flames?

So they symbolize Hot. Fast. Flashy. All those attributes a red-blooded American wants in his ride. That's where they first began appearing: on up-to-date, new models after a trip to the detailing shop. But more recently it seems that everything is on fire.

I really, really doubt that these lovingly restored antiques are all that Hot. Fast. Flashy. But they got the flames, alright. Perhaps it is a touch of irony -- or wist!

Shucks, even this model truck I spotted over at the County Fair sports its own set of flames. But then its big brothers are also wearing fire these days, disquieting as that might be to one who believes big rigs should be safe and solid, not straining at the bit to race up SR 89 to Ashfork or down I-17 to Phoenix. Guess I'm behind the times.

On the other hand, hot sauces and flames are made for each other.

But... yard goods? Yes. A table drape, part of the sound system set-up out at the recent Paulden arts and crafts fair. Commentary on the type of music they were playing. Imagine this percale made into bedding, if you will.

The new style bandana, replacing those old-fashioned, out-of-date red and blue classics.

And the one fiery item I wouldn't mind owning myself -- a boy's Tshirt with dragons entwined with the flames. Besides, it is R.E.D. Just right for GrannyJ. Below, I close this discourse with a car whose owner thumbs his nose ever so quietly at all this flame business.


meggie said...

Your last comment really made me smile Granny. Thanks!

Olivia Kroth said...

blue dragons entwined
with fiery flames burning
bright on a red shirt

smilnsigh said...

Did you know that one can get "disposable" flames now? ,-) Honest! Put 'em on and take 'em off. I'd think that might be what's on the old cars.

But then, maybe they aren't authentic. Maybe they are what's called 'chopped.'

How do I know all this stuff? 'Cause I live with an old car enthusiast! -grin- But he has no use for 'chopped.' Boo-hiss... :-)


Granny J said...

meggie -- I think a lot of people probably missed those wee flames...

Olivia -- YEEESSSS!

SnS -- Now I'm confused. I thought that chopping had to do with chop shops where the nefarious types pull apart a stolen car & sell the parts off. Or do you mean that the innards of those presumed antiques are hyped up?

Jan said...

I'm all for under-statement like on the old ford..but I could really go for that red tee!

Granny J said...

Jan -- Yes, indeed! An excellent T -- and the decoration at the bottom for a change. Never did see if there was a big motif on the front.

Lucy said...

I think the fourth one down are my favourite flames, looks like Chinese embroidery.

Granny J said...

Lucy -- that may well be the inspiration. I suppose that, if SnS is correct, one can go to the flame catalog and simply pick out the flame-of-the-month.

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