thought aloud by pablo deferrari

Picture
jason gonzalez, top center, giving his friend brian a hand putting the head back on his 951.
the camaraderie.

If these machines can
claim
anything besides the sheer
pleasure
they provide behind the wheel,
gear knob under palm,

it would be the ability to
cement
relationships that wouldn’t otherwise have
existed
under any other circumstances.
Jason Gonzalez is like an old friend.

spending a saturday afternoon 
in his shop
under the hood of a 951
only compounds
these
sentiments
just before noon,
me, him, and his friend Brian
share 
our first beer of the day

with a 
challenge
laid out in under the hood 
that took some thinking 
a little back and forth of ideas

followed by the sounds of brute strength 

between whiffs of each other’s beer laden breath
just to jockey the 
exhaust manifold
onto the head.

it was just past noon

the sounds of 
Jerry Reed’s
country music classic,
eastbound and down 
lurks in the background.

The timing of it all was 
perfect.
this is what separates us
from other journals.

like a boutique on boulevard
sharing the space with larger,
more popular
venues where you may be
recognized
if only by your
unique look.

there’s a level of
intimacy
surrounding flüssig, something much more
personal
where we’re in constant
contact
with our comrades
sharing
anecdotes, beer, and ourselves.

I guess we’re a lot like Porsche was
during its first few decades of existence
when being small wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Jason will tell you all about that.

highball!

 


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