Here's one way to think about Tom and Ray's outlook on life. Imagine they're on a barge, floating down the river of life. They're lounging on deck chairs near the bow, drinking cappuccinos. Okay, now they sail by a life event of some kind. Doesn't matter what it is. Say, Tom's wife decides she hates him, can't stand to spend another minute with him, and sues him for divorce. Now, if you're a normal person, you sink into a deep funk, drop out of life, take up residence in a cardboard box, and roast squirrels under a bridge for a few years. Not Tom and Ray. They quickly turn every event, especially the miserable ones, into a story. A funny story. Which then gets told over and over. Perhaps embellished along the way. At some point, it may even get shared on the air. And then it becomes part of Car Talk
This collection is made up of some of these stories. Have a heart attack? It's just the basis for a story about how much fun everyone else had while you were in the hospital. Let's say a wheel falls off while you're driving on the highway, sends up a shower of sparks, and nearly blows up a gas station. What could be funnier? Have a miserable time in the U.S. Army. Sounds good to me.
It's not a bad way to go through life, actually...turning miserable experiences into hilarious stories. Pretty soon you forget the misery and start laughing when the subject of your divorce, your heart attack, or your broken nose comes up. In fact, I expect in a few short months, we'll be laughing real hard about how poorly this collection of stories sold!
Listen to more "Best Of" programs from Car Talk:The Best of Car Talk, Volume One
The Second Best of Car Talk: More Used Calls From Click and Clack
Car Talk: Men are from GM, Women are from Ford
Car Talk: Why You Should Never Listen to Your Father When it Comes to Cars
The Hatchback of Notre Dame: More Car Talk ClassicsMaternal Combustion: Calls About Moms and Cars
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