We would take a ride out Ind. 22 west to Burlington, through some areas that had bridges and curving roads. That was pretty country back then.
Then it was north to Galveston, where at the time there were some very curvy roads, and to Peru, where we would stop at a drive-in and buy a water burger to split.
After the burger, it was getting late and this young fellow needed to get some rest before going into the mill to my job. So we headed south to take my beauty home and get her in the house before her dad would wonder where she was.
One night, it was cold so after getting her home I kept the car running. Her dad hollered out to shut that loud motor off because he was trying to get some sleep. So I turned it off and walked her up to the back door.
Well, the car would not start so I had to go knock on the door. Her dad said he would take me home. I don’t think he was very happy because he had to get up early to go to work too.
After getting home with Mom waiting at the door wanting to know where the car was, I got some sleep and then Dad took me back to get the car. He lifted up the hood of the car and did something and the car started right off. He never did tell me what he did and I knew better than ask him.
Ramona and I went on a lot of rides together after that, and to this day we remember all the places we ate yet never gained any weight. These days, we just look at food and we gain a pound.
Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.