Sunday Morning Positive Perks from your Sassy Small Town Missus

Posted 23 August 2020 at 8:00 am


Here is how it all started. My husband and I always talked about getting a dune buggy. But instead, around 2010, we invested in two motorcycles. To be honest, one was a Harley and one was a scooter! Brian got the Harley and I got the scooter.

It was going to be great fun. We were going to ride the highways together, side by side.

That was the plan, but not the reality.

The first and only problem was me. When we considered this adventure, we forgot to factor in two important variables: one – I am accident prone, and two – I do not like hair-raising experiences.

Don’t laugh, but I found the scooter to be scary. I was afraid to go over 20 m.p.h., and I kept crashing. The clutch-brake thing was too much for my brain to process. However, I was determined to achieve the “M” on my license for Motorcycle, and I did, so I was happy with that.

The helmet matched my bike, but that could not motivate me to get back on it after I passed the road test. So, I was relegated to the back of the Harley with Brian, and I did not like it. I wanted to be in front, not in back. If I couldn’t handle a scooter, no way I was going to handle a Harley.

Fast forward a couple years, and someone nearly sideswipes us off the Harley. It was a unanimous decision – it was time for a change. So, back to the original and much safer dream of the dune buggy. We sold the two-wheeled contraptions and began the search for a four-wheeled mobile. As luck had it, we found one in Orleans County. It was a year-and-a-half process, but my husband restored it.

It is beautiful. We named it LUVBUG25, since the year we purchased our Bug was also the year of our 25th wedding anniversary. Rest assured that the LUVBUG25 is more our speed. When you are in the Bug, people always smile and wave because it is a happy color and a fun shape. People are waving at the Bug, not us. It is the youthful spirit of the Bug that makes people happy.

A couple of kids mentioned to us that it must get “squirrelly in the back end” when we get going. Kids, we do not go that fast. We are past that point in life. We just want to enjoy the ride. We have no desire to get “squirrelly.” I love how LUVBUG25 proudly displays the reds, whites and blues in the tall whip antenna. Every time we take a spin, I look at my husband and say, “This is what it is all about.” Being outside with the wind in your hair, listening to some tunes on the radio. It makes one feel a part of something inviting – the world.

The LUVBUG25 is manual shift, which I am not skilled at. Perhaps someday I will learn, but for now I am happy to be my Luvbug’s passenger and co-captain in our ride through life … LUVBUG style.

If you and your honey have a fun adventure you have dreamed of, take a chance and just do it! Whether it be a flop like the motorcycles or a success like the dune buggy, you never know if you don’t try. To see the whip antenna and original Bug, visit my blog live online at and catch up on Weekly Photo Perks and past Sunday Posts. Like and share your comments. .

Debbie London