The topic for the 104th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Cars As Stars of Our Family History II! Bring us your stories of your first car, your favorite car, a family road trip, backseat adventures (ooh la la! ;-) , jalopy horror stories... we want 'em all!
Thanks to Jasia of Creative Gene for sporting the wheels this month and to footnoteMaven for the poster.
Some of the motorized vehicles that Man and I have owned over the years have made their way into the blog, the 1986 Ford Van, the Opal Cadet. For sure some of our favorite vehicles.
But, I would have to be fibbing if I did not say that one of my favorite vehicles is, BIG BUTT!!! Our towing machine, the wondrous truck that hauls Tana, and the fur kids and Man and I, around this beautiful country of ours. Big Butt has hauled us from Florida to California, not quite coast to coast, but pretty darned near.
I will admit that the name "Big Butt" is a bit different for a name for a truck. And, this is the story of how he came to be named, "BIG BUTT".
Man and I have enjoyed RVing for a great many years. We have camped in a tent, a popup, hard sided trailers, and now, of course, in our dream rig, Tana, a 38 foot long fifth wheel, our home on wheels. However, for many years Man complained, and yes, indeedy, he whined a bit, that he never had enough truck, that the trucks or vans we were using as tow vehicles were always just a bit too small or under powered, or under something or other. He swore time and time again, the next rig and truck we get, I want ENOUGH truck to haul the rig (trailer) we have.
Then came a time in our RV/camping lives that we were getting ready to purchase what very well may be the last trailer we ever own. We knew it would be a 5th wheel. That was a given. A big 5th wheel, that was also a given. Once we found the floor plan that fit our life style and our (drooling) wants, we were more than ready to BUY IT! Man did months of research on the 5th wheel and the truck he wanted (needed) to haul that 5er around.
Finally the time came, financing fell into place, we were able to locate a truck that fit all the requirements, big, bigger and BIGGEST!!! We purchased it. It was made to haul our ordered 5er, Tana was on the way!
While we waited for Tana to arrive we made one more trip with our old camper, Man was in love with Big Butt, he bought running boards, bed liner, a hitch, he was in truck heaven. Up till now, it was the GMC truck. Then one day he was washing the truck, and he called it "Big Butt". I all but fell to the ground laughing at this silly name, Big Butt. More giggling was heard from Carol. Man had the look of a little boy, pouting, not understanding my amusement.
Why, Man said to me, "just look at this truck, it has a big butt".
And, so it does:
The name stuck, and the 2003 GMC has been Big Butt ever since.
I truly love Big Butt, and I don't even laugh at the name any longer. The truck of our dreams, we now say his name with a sense of awe and affection.
BIG BUTT, OUR TRUCK.