17 Things You've Said Out Loud To Your Car If You Love It

17 Things You've Said Out Loud To Your Car If You Love It

"Well I know you'll never leave me. I have the keys."
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Cars have been ingrained into the American spirit since the first Model-T rolled off the line for mass distribution in 1908. Since then, the automotive industry has underwent several changes: enclosed cabins for the vehicle, the Vintage era of the 1920s, muscle cars of the late 60s and early 70s, a revitalization of the automotive industry in the 2000s after a rough patch in the 90s, and now the "economy" era of electric engines and boosted MPG.

Regardless of which decade of cars you assign yourself to, car lovers are alike in the way they talk about cars, treat their cars and talk to others about their cars. Most importantly is what you tell your car.

1. Referencing your car as "he" or "she."

Car person: Yeah she's got 150,000 miles on her and all it's taken is an oil change every 5,000 miles.

Normal person: Wait, did you just call your car "she?"

2. "Mmm your paint is looking great today."

Yes, I basically just called my car sexy. Get over it.

3. "I'll be right back."

This is usually followed by a gentle pat on the hood of the car as you leave for a long trip away from your car.

4. "Come on baby you've got this..."

... as you creep to a gas station, then cry because you know you shouldn't have let the gas level get that low.

5. "Oh God please be OK, please be OK."



You probably say this if your car is low to the ground and you scrape somewhere, or if you accidentally hit a pothole.

6. "Yeahhhhhhhhh!!!"



Following a downshift, this only applies if you drive a manual and have more than 300 horsepower.

7. "God you're so filthy, time for a wash."

Uttered by a car enthusiast if a speck of dust touches their car.

8. "Look at that booty."

Personally, I've said this a lot walking away from my car to go into the grocery store. Yes, the mom of four stared at me when I said it.

9. "If they would've touched you, I would kill them."

Said after a panic attack where another car cuts you off or they slam their brakes in front of you, and you almost hit them.

10. "I bet we can beat them."

If you're a Mustang GT owner and you look at a Camaro SS, or you're a BMW owner looking at a Mercedes.

11. "I love you."

The more you let your car know, the better it runs. It's scientifically proven (probably not but that's what I tell people).

12. "I need to give you some special treatment."

Injector treatment, transmission treatment, oil treatment... she loves it all.

13. "Well I know you'll never leave me. I have the keys."

May or may not be said after a bad breakup.

14. "I hate when other guys work on you."

Nothing is worse than a repair on a car that you can't do... then someone else gets to put their hands on your baby.

15. "What did they do to you!?"

After said repair or maintenance, this is said when you see dirty floormats or greasy prints on the door handles. Savages.

16. "I love ALL of your curves."

You've only run your hands over them 100 times.

17. "I think I'm ready to take a break for a while."

...Said no car enthusiast, ever.

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Growing up, my mom would usually have to cook me a separate dinner from my siblings. Why? Because I was ridiculously picky and wouldn't eat the same foods as everyone else. Trust me, it gets old. It's not my fault certain things just taste gross, you learn to live with it.

1. You eat something you hate just to see if you still hate it

I'll take a bite of a burger every once in a while just to reaffirm that it still tastes like dirt. I just have to know. Don't even get me started on vegetables.

2. When trying to explain what you actually like to eat, people give you major side eye

Don't ask me about my eating habits unless you want to get into a long, confusing conversation.

3. Eating at someone else’s house when you were younger was a pain

You hate to tell their parents just how much you hate the food that they gave you. So, you sucked it up and ate it anyway only to come home and whine to your parents.

4. There’s one thing on any menu you always fall back on...even if it’s on the kids menu

Pizza, maybe. Chicken tenders, always.

5. Trying a new food is a very proud moment

It's like, wow! Look at me being all adventurous.

6. When you realize you actually like some new food, that’s an even more amazing moment

Crazy times. This rarely happens.

7. Sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s the flavor, all the time it’s left on your plate

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The Saying 'Traveling Changes Your Perspective' Isn't Just A Cliché

Experiencing the aura of another country doesn't compare to anything else.

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If I had a dollar for every time someone said "Traveling changed me," well...you get the idea. I'd be rich.

We always hear this, and if you're anything like me, the statement probably just blows over your head because you've heard it so many times, or you think everyone is overexaggerating. However, I came to realize that it's something you simply don't understand until you experience it yourself.

Over this past winter break, I traveled overseas to Barcelona, my first time in Europe. Of course, you prepare for how "different" things are going to be in terms of basic travel planning like currency, weather. Those sorts of things. You get lost in travel planning: booking tours, making reservations at the best restaurant spots, but what you don't realize is how amazing it is to simply get to experience and get lost in the general mood of a new place.

Getting to experience life outside of the U.S. and seeing what other parts of the world value is incredible.

While unfortunately, there's some level of poverty and inequality no matter where you go, the way many of the locals presented their outlook on life was amazing.

We went to a small bar on one of the first nights, and ended up going back two more nights (once on our last night because we had to say goodbye) because we had great conversations with the bartenders. They told us how throughout many parts of Spain, there are people who aren't as well off as others, but that everyone lives with what they have, and they make the most of it and always put happiness above all. They said part of this ability for the general population in their country to remain stable and happy, is that people who are very wealthy rarely show it.

They acknowledged that of course, there is inequality in terms of what opportunities are available to what groups of people, but that those who do live very comfortably always stay humble. They told us how, sometimes, they can tell based on how customers present themselves in terms of how they respond to the workers and carry themselves, that they're from North America and carry more materialistic items.

In many parts of Spain, they said materialistic items aren't necessarily as valued or prioritized, which also explains the happy essence that Barcelona seemed to radiate: Strangers would say hello to each other the streets, stop to give each other directions, or just to spark up a friendly conversation; something I never see in Chicago. Instead, everyone is on the go, with their heads down or headphones in.

Family comes first always, they said. Sure, jobs and money are taken seriously, but they're not always the number one priority, and neither is having expensive things. If you have a roof over your head, food on the table, and are lucky enough to spend time with your loved ones every day, then that is something they celebrate every day.

It was eye-opening to see how much the constant "on the go" lifestyle in America compared to many of the people we encountered in Spain, and how that's reflected in the cultural values of the U.S.

Seeing small businesses close every day for a few hours for people to home for their "siestas" and family time was amazing and was a true representation of everything that the wonderful bartenders explained to us.

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