Driving with the top down

I used to own a Mazda Miata convertible. It was great just throwing the top back and taking in the sunshine. When my daughter was 1 or 2, I would strap her in her car seat, put a floppy bonnet (with a chin strap) on her head and we would go riding with the top down. She and I both loved it.

One day my wife and I were busy with some chores around the house. Each of us thought our daughter was with the other. When we realized that neither of us had her, we frantically searched the house. We looked high and low but couldn’t find her We called her name, but no answer. We checked the front and back doors which were both locked from the inside. Confusion and panic were welling up in us. I then checked the garage. And there was our daughter, with a big grin on her face, sitting behind the wheel of the top-down car. Such is the allure of a convertible.

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/7.1. ISO: 200)

The other day on Monte Diablo Avenue in Stockton, I saw Rufino Ramos driving with the top down on his 1990 Chevrolet Camaro convertible. Ramos’ 3-year-old rottweiler Sneaky was seated next to him. The dog’s face reached over the windshield header and his ears flapped in the breeze. A guess everybody likes riding in a convertible.

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