Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Big WHAT?? - How Big Butt Got His Name - 104th COG

Copyright 2011, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

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.

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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.



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15 comments:

lindalee said...

Well now, I have been wondering for well over a year why it was called Big Butt....and now I know....

Barbara Poole said...

What a story, love it. Been hearing about "Big Butt" for way over a year, so now I know how it came to be named.

Nita said...

I knew the reason why it was called "Big Butt" as we have a "Big Butt" too! We just call ours "Dually"! That's because when we first got it our granddaughter rode in it with us and couldn't wait to tell everyone that she had a ride in "Dually"! Not as much fun as "Big Butt"!

Dorene from Ohio said...

Your stories so often bring a smile! Thanks for this great post!

Susan (Nolichucky Roots) said...

Grin. Gotta love something that hauls you all over the place. Better than the hitch of Clydesdales we're so fond of here in St. Louis!

Jo said...

My summer car has a big butt too - but the front is pretty :-), hopefully I'll have time to post a 104th Carnival post, work permitting. Jo

Karen said...

That's a great story, Carol! I kind of wondered how your truck came to be called "Big Butt"!

Greta Koehl said...

Big Butt has so much personality!

Apple said...

Big Butt not with standing it sure is purdy. And when hauling Tana anything else would have to be called skinny minnie. Not the type of vehicle for Man at all!

Jasia said...

Cute story, good for a chuckle that's for sure! Thanks for sharing it and for participating in the COG!

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

I think the description fits perfectly! Great post Carol!

findingkline said...

Great story!

My husband longs for a truck like Big Butt! ;)

Sherry - Family Tree Writer said...

Great story, Carol! And the photo, well, a picture is worth a thousand words! Have a wonderful time on the road!

Michelle Goodrum said...

Great story! Next up are you going to tell us how Tana got his/her/it's name?

Linda Gartz said...

Looks like Big Butt gives Man plenty of truck -- ready and big enough to haul most anything. Way to go. Another amusing post