Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I Could Never Tire of This!

Today's Wonder of the World is...Tires!

Don't think I've lost my mind.

In my house, we LOVE tires.

That photo was taken back in 1993. Isn't my Michelin baby cute? And his big sister?

If you've read French By Heart then you know the reason why we love tires:
I'm in love with my own Michelin Man.

No, not him.

I'm talking about this guy.

Todd brings home the bacon, thanks to tires.

Tires took us to France. (Bless you, tires!)

Here are some really big ones.

They're used in mining. Aren't they amazing?

The Michelin Man is pretty amazing himself. His name is Mr. Bib.
Mr. Bib kind of looks like the Stay-Puff marshmallow man in this picture.

As you can see from the first picture above, he's gotten fit since then.
He's had a couple make-overs in the last century.
See what he used to look like long ago?

Even lifting that poor child seemed to have taken a lot out of him. Maybe it was the cigar smoking. Bad habit, Michelin Man.

When we lived in France, little Sammy went to preschool with one of the Michelin children. One day Sam asked me why his little friend's daddy was all white and bulge-y, and why didn't he ever pick her up from school. Sam was on the lookout for Mr. Bib!

Here's another tire-man.

He's waving at you!

And woo-hoo! A gigantic tire lady!

And she's not even white and bulge-y. Okay, so she's alarmingly white.
At least she's not bulge-y.

Have a Wonder-full Tuesday everybody!
Love, Becky

PS. And thanks flickr friends, for your public photos: sunnybrook100, Kay's pics, and shawnjkane.


TattingChic said...

Fun....one of my favorites is the ever popular tire swing, maybe not so much in use now, but sure was fun when I was a wee one. I was always fascinated by the really big ones that stood twice as tall as a grown man. Amazing.

Kalynne Pudner said...

This may be one of those bizarre confessions better suited for Post Secrets...but I love the way they smell. I'll linger at the entrance to my local Sam's Club until a cart pushes me out of the way from behind, imbibing their heady petroleum-based aroma. Ahh.

Rosemary said...

Great post today Rebecca!!
Who doesn't love tires??
Have a great day!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

The tire swing! How could I have left it out of my post? Great idea, Tattingchic.

Kalynne, your secret is safe with me. And I used to like the smell of tires too. (Sam still does, along with the scent of wet paint, but he's weird that way.) But after many years of Todd coming home from work smelling like tires, the thrill is gone. Now it just gives me a headache.

Hey Rosemary. I don't know anyone who doesn't like tires. Except maybe rubber trees. Have a good day yourself!

May Vanderbilt said...

Whoa. I love how all the old commercials featured people smoking. It seems so weird by today's standards!

Kaylynne--totally hear you about the way new tires smell. I linger and linger in the tires section.

But that's interesting Becky that you can't stand it anymore. I used to work at Acme Bread in the Ferry Building in San Francisco and the bread has a very nice smell...unless you have to smell it every day.

Even now, just a whiff of it makes me sick.

Naturegirl said...

A simple interesting fun post about your world of tires!
They certainly keep us on the ~move!~ :) NG

Fete et Fleur said...

I will never look at tires the same way! The great big ones are WONDERS!!


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I think the early Michelin man did need a makeover--a bit timid and creepy in his early years.
Fun post!!


P.S. We saw a recent rerun of an early Andy Griffeth and he was smoking too.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Becky, now that was fun! :-)

Happy day!


Randy and Linda said...

I like all of the Michelin man artwork, and what a lucky guy - he gets to change his look and image as the years go by, but he always looks about the same age. Must have a stash of water from the fountain of youth!
Me being a car buff, I'm always interested in the tires, their comfort and performance. Wish I never sold my Supra - had some great Michelin XGTV4's that kept me safe, no matter how ridiculous my driving.
The Earthmover tires are very cool. Amazing how important they are these days as more and more countries become civilized, and have the need to create an infrastructure. Not to mention in the US where we need to maintain our own existing infrastructure of highways, bridges, buildings, and (my opinion) increase the amount of railroad passages - which might help during this energy crunch, but also would be a great additional use for Earthmovers.
You remember how many trains there are in Europe, and how convenient they were - I'm just being wishful that someday we could have more of that here.
Fun topic Rebecca!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you that I love reading your blog every day. It is so rare to find a blog devoid of cranky whining. You celebrate the best this world has to offer and I always find motivation to write after reading your posts. I never miss a single one!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Hi May, I can identify, though I love the smell of bread baking. But I've never worked in a bakery.

Nature Girl, Melissa, and Fete et Fleur, hey there! Thanks for stopping in!

Cathy, I've seen Andy smoking too! It's weird now to think of how common it was. And in France--oh my! The smoke was so thick. But I hear folks have put down the cigarettes somewhat. I want to see that for myself!

Hey Randy and Linda! I agree about Mr. Bib. Must be nice to have a makeover, without having to say no to dessert!

And losemymouth, you made my day! I hope you're enjoying your rest after Mexico. I'm sure you need some recovery time!

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

Loved all the "tire" photos!!!! Thanks again for stopping by my blog...glad I have now found you!

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