Sayonara, Mean Green Frog Hoppin’ Musheen

I’m not sure if my blahggy friend Margaret remembers this but when I posted this pic almost 10 years ago, I was searching for a name for our new Subaru Outback and she came up with the Mean Green Musheen. That worked for me but don’tcha know with this family “Frog Hoppin'” almost immediately got inserted into it. Because green. And frogs.

The GG wanted to buy a brown car. He was thinking of woodsy type colors. I vehemently nixed brown. I said something like, “If you buy a brown car, you know what it’ll look like in 10-15 years.” Brown? Really? Why does anyone even make brown cars?

This loverly vee-hickle has been in the fambly for almost 10 years now. We turned it over to one of the beach urchins two summers ago when we bought Moooon Yoooonit. After she bought Orange Betty Oriole a month or so ago, the Frog Hopper returned to our driveway. Why? How do I count the ways? 1) Because our driveway is a MUCH more convenient place for folks to come and take a look than the “mountain” roads surrounding the beach urchin’s house. 2) Because ALL of the service/maintenance records are HERE in The Landfill, neatly filed. 3) The GG knows the vee-hickle inside and out and is willing to talk to people about it because… 4) He is retaaaarrrred (and doesn’t have anything better to do 🐽🐽🐽).

Anyway, she seemed to go to a good home to people who have experience with older cars and asked good questions. Like, when was the timing belt last changed?. Uh, [after much rummaging/googling] she doesn’t HAVE a timing belt, she has a timing chain…

The Car Gods were apparently shining down on us today because a half hour or so before the Frog Hopper sales transaction was scheduled… A car drove by. It drove by again, more slowly. It tentatively parked. I have various Amazon deliveries all week and I can’t really keep track of them and sometimes those folks drive unusual vee-hickles. This seemed different. Guess what? This young man was interested in my NINJA!!! He had spied it up in the top of the driveway with the Frog Hopper and Mooon Yooonit in front of it. Holy Toledo!

What’s a little crazy is that I have a new vee-hickle almost “built” online. I just need to double-check everything, “pull the trigger”, and write a check. So we will be selling the Ninja soon as much as I HATE to. But for now, the Ninja is not posted for sale anywhere. I don’t drive it very often in these COVID days but I do drive it, especially when the GG is outta town.

I dunno if this young man will end up as the new owner but we did take his number, so he has first dibs if he still wants it and can pay for it, etc. “Is it stick?”, he asked. Yes, it is. He shared that he wasn’t very good at stick yet but that he wanted more practice. I was encouraging.

3 Responses to “Sayonara, Mean Green Frog Hoppin’ Musheen”

  1. Mouse Says:

    Going to miss my Frog Hopper! But The Oriole / Orange Betty is a wonderful car. I’m generally on his page about woodsy colors, and think the ‘Hopper was a particularly fine shade of green, but sometimes orange is the color that finds you!

  2. Margaret Says:

    I do remember that! You had solicited opinions about names for the Subie and as you know already, I’m not shy about giving my input. Alison names her cars but I don’t. Probably because I only have one so I wouldn’t get it mixed up with any other vehicle. 🙂

  3. Jay Says:

    My little brown Honda, 1980 Civic, was brown. I bought it sight unseen and it lasted 20 years and 280,000 miles. I might not choose brown if I had a choice, but it worked out.