I confess that I didn't come up with my blog's name "Head Over Wheels." For this task I asked the help of my cousin Tammy. Thinking of names is hard, I've stared at a screen for 15 minutes just trying to think of a title for an article. Every time we come up with a title it has to be relevant, catchy, witty, and concise. It's not easy to come up with a phrase that encompasses those attributes.
So when it came to thinking of a name for my blog, I knew I needed help from someone whose brain just spouted relevant phrases at the drop of a hat. Tammy gave me suggestions and it was down to "Head Over Wheels" and "All That Gas." I liked both of them, but the latter sounded like it was suggesting constipation.
I knew my blog was about my take on the latest car releases in the market, the latest "wheels." Somewhere along the way I couldn't resist throwing in pop culture references, but I felt they still had a solid motoring anchor (right?).
Then in my inbox came this press release recently. It said "FALLING 'HEAD OVER WHEELS' IN LOVE: motors.co.uk Survey Reveals Car is More Memorable Than First Kiss." That was an interesting angle.
According to the survey by leading used car buying website, motors.co.uk, "over 97 percent of us will never forget our first car with 90 percent rating it more memorable than their first love or first kiss."
And it was right, I do remember the first car I learned to drive and take around town. It wasn't technically mine in the sense that my parents handed me the keys and said "from now on she's yours." It was our family car and the first car I familiarized myself with, a 1995 Toyota Corolla XL. I remember it was white and that I changed the stereo and speakers on my birthday. I upgraded to a Pioneer tape deck with a remote control (a big deal in the mid-90s). But I barely remember my first kiss. I remember the early ones, but the very first? Hazy.
Does that mean we value cars more than intimate human interaction? Do we make a stronger bond with a machine than another human being, no matter how fleeting early love usually is?
While these questions are interesting to contemplate, they start to stray beyond the scope of my blog. Yes, I'm sticking to cars despite what I've discovered about my blog's parallel meaning. I'll leave relationship topics to the experts, and I'll stick to what I'm head over wheels about.