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Friday, May 18, 2007

it's electric...

When we first moved to the US, we had an electric car for a while. It's one of those vague memories from childhood. I remember seeing the car, which we had named Tweeky (after the robot in Buck Rogers, anyone remember that show???) plugged in to the outlet outside. It was smaller than our other cars and squarish.

We never used it much, but every once in a while, we'd load up in Tweeky and go for a ride. I don't think that we all fit, because with 5 kids and 2 adults, it would have been a super tight squeeze. We'd just drive around for a while, then head back home and put the car away again until the next time.

Yes, that was family entertainment, driving around in the electric car for a bit and then going back home.

At some point, my parents got rid of Tweeky. I don't remember when or why, but Tweeky just disappeared one day. We didn't notice for a while.

15 comments:

melissa said...

Oh how cool! I don't suppose you have a picture lying around somewhere. What a neat memory!

Matt said...

Oh, that was a great story, Claud. Thanks for sharing! :)

Did the neighbors be all like, "Well, there go the Italians again in their little wind-up car..."

Karmyn R said...

I had a cat named: Kiki Dagget (I think that is from Buck Rogers - but now I think it may have been Battlestar Galactica.)

I was in love with Tweeky - and would LOVE to have an electric car now to run all my errands in.

willowtree said...

Do I remember Buck Rogers? Are you kidding me! I wanted to be an astronaut so I could meet Erin Gray.

Claudia said...

Melissa, I wish I did!

Matt, honestly, I have no idea.

Karmyn...I don't remember Kiki Dagget, but Buck Rogers (mom called it booka rogay) wouldn't have been the same without Tweeky.

Willow...yeah, she was hot. even as a kid I knew it!

Tracey said...

Buck Rogers...gee...seems I ought to remember him. I do recall Geek Boy dressing as Bucky O'Hare for Halloween one year, but I don't think Bucky had an electric car.

I do hear that the cars are so expensive that you'd have to drive them well past the end of their lifetime in order to save any money. Then again, gas was half the price back then, so maybe they do pay for themselves after 10 or 15 years now?

Dan said...

Yes, that was family entertainment, driving around in the electric car for a bit and then going back home.

You know what would have been REALLY cool? Riding around in Tweeky during an electrical storm. Now that would have ruled!

Happy weekend Claudia! Hugs!

Robin said...

I always wanted to ride in an electric car...the closest I've gotten is a golf cart.

NOT the same thing!

How stinkin' cute that you named it, lol. Hmmm, I wonder what happened to it (have you asked???).

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear claudia. I can't believe it just disappeared. Like parents getting rid of an unwanted dog. Where did you live before you were in the US?

Claudia said...

Tracey, I have no idea who Bucky O'hare is so I guess we're even! This was back in the early 80s, prior to all the hype now so it probably didn't cost as much. It also didn't go very fast.

Dan, are you trying to kill Tweeky??

Robin, well, it was much like riding in any other car. Golf carts are fun...you should see how tight a radius you can turn at full power before the wheels come off the ground!! :) I have no idea what happened to it.

Dear LMM, yea, just like that! Prior to coming to the US, we were in Italy (and before that Africa-Zaire, where I was born.)

Pamela said...

bee bee bee bee bee bee bee beep

Odat said...

What a funny memory!!! That was great!
Peace

Glamourpuss said...

My father had a lime green Citroen 2CV for while. He'd roll back the roof so the dog could sticker her head out and sniff the wind and when we approached a steep hill, of which there are many in Cornwall, he would shout 'Come on mice! More cheese!' to the imaginary mice under the bonnet whose presence accounted for the perpetual squeaking and rattling the car made.

Like you, that's what we did in the days before PlayStation and MySpace...

Puss

Crankster said...

Wow, a Buck Rogers reference.

I wonder whatever happened to Gil Gerard. The vampire episode was one of the scariest things I ever saw!

Doppelgänger said...

Poor tweeky - he brought ya'll joy, but was so quickly forgotten!