The other day I got a call from my car salesman, which in and of
itself is not that unusual, except it wasn't time for him to call.
The way it usually works is that when my lease is up, he calls and
if I like the terms, I end up with a new car.
I trust Eric, and he knows how to deal with me. I tell him what
I want, he tells me the price, and I tell him my best price, and
if he beats it, we have a deal.
The transactions have been simple, straightforward, and quick.
Eric works at a dealership that is about 150 miles away and after
we have an agreement, the car shows the next day up either at my
office or my house.
So when his call was announced to me, I frowned, thinking that
my SUV must have some type of problem and I was going to be off
to the dealer for a recall.
"Hey NSR, GM has a deal for you."
Eric also knows how to get my attention. He used the word DEAL
in the first sentence.
"Deal? No Recall?"
"No, No recall." He relayed the offer to me, and I told
him to price out two different vehicles and get back to me. As I
hung up the phone I reached for my financial calculator and began
to puzzle about the whole idea.
"K, I yelled out into the next room, "GM is in really
"What's up?" she asked.
"If I have a lease that expires anytime from September through
March of next year, and my car is under the total miles that it's
supposed to have at the end of the lease, GM will forgive the lease
if I take any new vehicle off the lot between June 1 and July 15."
"No penalty if you are over pro-rated miles? No penalty to
terminate the lease?"
"Nope, sounds like GM is robbing Peter to pay Paul. They must
be desperate to show Wall Street that they are moving inventory.
In my case, seeing how I prepaid the 2 year lease, GM will write
me a check for the months that I don't use."
I like my vehicle, it's big and safe, and great for throwing in
a bunch of hockey bags and stinky teenage boys. However, since the
price of gas has risen here about 70 cents since early winter, each
time I fill the thing up, I get a little more irritated.
So I'm seriously considering the offer, especially since I used
the Tahoe to drive to Miami, and then to my son's hockey tournament
up in the land of Gitchegumee. I am way way over on miles, but still
under the total that is supposed to be there at the end of my lease.
So you ask, what's all this have to do with hydraulics?
I get to blame this one on my son. It was his fault (idea) that
we ended up on a cruise ship, and this time it's his fault we will
have to deal with the hydraulics.
I told him I was thinking of pitching the big ol'truck the other
morning on the way to school. The first thing that popped out of
his mouth was, "What, no more road trips in the truck?"
I pondered for a moment, and after I dropped him at school, the
wheels really started to turn.
By the time I had finished swimming, wisps of smoke could be seen
drifting from my ears.
Normally when someone mentions Hydraulics, I think of things like
brakes, or the systems in airplanes that put the landing gear up
and down or move the ailerons.
But, if you look in the dictionary for the definition of hydraulics,
you find the following: hydraulics \Hy*drau"lics\, n. [Cf.
F. hydraulique.] That branch of science, or of engineering, which
treats of fluids in motion, especially of water, its action in rivers
and canals, the works and machinery for conducting or raising it,
its use as a prime mover, and the like.
There we go... Water, and its use as a prime mover...
Yeah.. Oh Yeah...
waves, stopper hydraulics, and rock-dodge drops will quench the
thirst of even the most discriminating whitewater enthusiasts."
The New River drops approximately 240 feet in 15 miles and contains
Class I-V whitewater. The season begins in March and extends into
October with early season flows offering some of the largest volume
whitewater rafting in North America.
The New River, the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere, has
over the course of millions of years produced a thousand-foot deep
gorge amidst the scenic foothills of southern West Virginia. The
New River Gorge is an incredible combination of large volume whitewater
rafting, striking scenery, geologic and cultural history.
Running deep within the New River Gorge this section offers outstanding
rapids containing some of the biggest holes and hydraulics in the
country! With rapids such as Upper Railroad, The Keeney's, Double
Z and Greyhound Bustopper the Lower New abounds with excitement.
we are talking - water, and lots of movement. They call em "hydraulics"
and it all became clear to me, just because the boy mentioned a
Mrs. NSR will be gone to California attending a conference over
the Memorial Day weekend, and since the boys and girls have an extra
day off.... why not drive down and experience some fluid in motion,
up close and personal.
We leave Friday night the 25th and have our first river trip on
Saturday morning at 10:30.
I offered the raftees a choice. We could take a two day trip that
included a camp out on the river, but the first day of rafting was
mostly a slow float. Choice two was to ride the lower bigger rapids
on Saturday, and then again on Sunday.
do you think they chose?
Their mother suggested that they might enjoy the contrast between
the peaceful float, and the more raging river.
Her suggestion was met with mirth.
A whole lot of mirth to be truthful, but their laughter was somewhat
The trips are booked and paid for, including one nights lodging
at the Eagles Nest State Park Lodge.
Yes we will try and take lots of pictures.
Yes we will try and experience the hydraulics to the best of our
people might think that rafting the same river twice would lose
the sense of adventure on the second time around.
Well, just to make matters a tad more exciting, instead of a discount
on the price of our second day, I booked us a "premium raft"
for a more intimate experience with the water. Normally a raft holds
8 adults and an oarsman, but on day 2 we will ride in a half sized
raft, with room only for 4 adults and the oarsman.
Does that make the waves twice as tall, or do they just seem that
At any rate, if we get bored, we can always take a flying leap
off a tall rock.
This will be my third and 4th time down the river, so I guess you
can say I think it is worth the ride.