Ok, so you know all about my Top Gear addiction and you know that, despite the fact I think he more than slightly resembles a weasel, I have a new found thing for David Tennant. What you might not know is that, while seemingly unrelated, these two things are not entirely separate. The Stig, it would appear, once helped Doctor Who ’round the track in the reasonably priced car. Yes, snowflakes, it’s true. queen flake was able to rip from the clutches of TiVo the episode of Top Gear where none other than the good Doctor appeared as a special guest. And, “clutches” would actually be a good word because, despite being coached by the man, the myth, the legend, The Stig himself, the good Doctor saw fit to, ahem, “damage” the reasonably priced car. Somehow, the weasel, a man who can travel through time and space, couldn’t see fit to find third gear when it was actually right underneath his long pointy nose.
Yes, you read that right but, in case you missed it, I’ll say it again (this time with feeling.)
That damned weasel, David Tennant, broke the reasonably priced car.
There. Got it out of my system. Actually, I didn’t. (You should know by now that “my system” is quite snarky and I have to rant way more than that for even the slightest of catharsis. Really, I do.)
You know what they say about people who break the reasonably priced car, don’t you? Let’s see, for starters, the wrath of the ancients will fall upon their heads. Their shoelaces will not stay tied, rabid squirrels will invade their homes. Food in their regrigerators will mysteriously spoil. Their own (personal) vehicles will start making that expensive knocking sound again and no-one will talk to them at parties. Broke the reasonably priced car. Who ever heard of such a thing? Geesh.
Well, in the weasel’s defense, I guess it’s entirely more “reasonably priced” now that he drove it.
Until next third gear gone bad…
This is amusing because I haven’t a clue what it is all about. I do know that in my reasonably priced truck I habitually rev 2nd gear to 3000 rpm and go directly to fourth. I figure I’ll save 3rd gear for when I really need it. I liked the photo since Taos was a once-upon-a-time hang-out and the high road is definitely the most scenic. In the olden days it was a quaint collective of artists in residence, but last time I was there it was hard to even find parking!
The “reasonably priced car” is a Top Gear segment where they make a celebrity drive around a track in something like a cheap Chevy. They then reveal how fast (or slow) the celebrity was (laptime.) It’s pretty funny to see the famous make idiots of themselves (though, as you can imagine, some are actually quite good drivers.) I think Doctor Who had 3rd gear for breakfast or something. He didn’t go especially fast (or slow) but he dropped 3rd gear all over the track (from the banter on the show, at least, it looked that way.)
I’ve driven the high road many times before actually, maybe as early as ’93 or so. It was great back then because it was very quaint and empty-you’re totally right about the parking. Phew! What a mess. But, this time around, it was almost a spiritual journey for me. I really loved being in the mountains and the bends and winds of the curves along that road. The scenic landscape of New Mexico is fantastic. Not to mention I got to shoot Chimayo with the great Norman Mauskopf on Easter Sunday. I will always remember the great light we had that day. It was like a gift or something.