2015 Membership/Renewal Form now available. Remember, no meeting in January.

The Vintage Automobile Club of Ocean County, NJ welcomes you.

Hi, Everyone,
I love to sing-a, about the moon-a and the June-a and the Spring-a, I love to sing-a.

And here we are againÖSpringtime. I think years should be measured from Spring to Spring. Why does January mark the beginning of a new year? January is just a continuation of December. The same dreary, colorless, rock hard landscape. The same barren trees. The same Sun robbed days. If it werenít for the occasional snowfall adding a little contrast, Winter would serve only one purpose, and that is, to make us appreciate Spring. January doesnít bring new life; Spring does. Spring is a poem memorized by Mother Nature; she never forgets it.

And is there any season so therapeutic as Spring? Just breathing in that new Spring air makes you want to get up on your ladder and fix the roof, or plant a new garden, or place fresh mulch around your trees, or rake up all the thatch on your lawn, or drive to Rite-Aid for some liniment, aspirin, and bandages.

Spring is the time you get reacquainted with your neighbors. Oh, you may have seen them in passing throughout the Winter months and gave that cursory wave of hand, but now that itís Spring you can greet your neighbor face to face. With a hand shake and friendly nod youíll both be thinking the same thing, ĎMan, did that guy get fatí.

My youngest son, David, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area about 18 months ago. The one thing he complains about is that itís always sunny and warm. The grass is always green and the flowers are always in bloom. The average daytime temperature in the Bay Area is 57.3 degrees. It rarely rains. Oh, boo-hoo! I asked him how many days did he have to scrape three inches of cement-like frost off his windshield before going to work? How many times did he have to repair his mailbox after the snow plow passed his house at 60 miles an hour? None!

But, how many times did he leave the house in the morning and fill his lungs with crisp December air? How many times did he sit in his favorite chair surrounded by the warmth of a fireplace while the snow made the outside impervious to sound? Never! And those are the things he actually misses!

Weather aside, he also never had a good pizza in California, or a good bagel. You want Taylor Ham in California? Good luck finding a place that sells it. When you ask for a hard roll you get one of two things: a sourdough roll, or a roll so hard you can use it to drive nails into wood.

No, give me New Jersey and the change of seasons. At least with the change of seasons I wonít be so surprised on my birthday when I realize Iím actually another year older. In New Jersey the pizza is like manna from Heaven, and I donít get strange looks from the deli-man when I ask for pork roll and cheese on a hard roll. My Spring Prayer is to give my get-up-and-go some additional get-up-and-go so that I can take advantage of the warm weather by backing the old car out of the garage and giving it a thorough cleaning. Give me the chance to take the old car to a car show, cruise night, or any number of places where car guys gather. Allow me to bask in the comradery of other car guys. And please, donít let me forget to put sun tan lotion on my left arm.

And remember, everyone, if at the end of the day you donít smell like dug dirt, then youíre not taking advantage of Spring.

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John Mahoney

John Mahoney - President
Gary Stabile - Vice President
Denny Derion - Secretary
Everett Ross - Treasurer
Marge Kurtz-Cusack - Sunshine
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