Temp in the 70s, clear blue, cloudless sky - and except for a bit of smoke on startup and a suddenly jumpy speedometer cable, it was time for a ride for brunch in the country (or at least what passes for country around here). Top down, wife and I set off for a breakfast place in Scotts Corners just over the NY line where we ate outdoors under an umbrella in the bright sunshine. On the way home, we stopped off at a high-end golf course to check out some cars in the lot including a Maserati Spider, Panamera, 2 Boxsters, a new Jag sports car and a pristine white Alfa Giulia 1600 convertible, a clone of the Giulietta my late friend Jim Silberman had when he was winning races at Lime Rock back in the '50s. Sometimes we forget why we bought these cars in the first place, but a ride in the country on a perfect day with the engine never sounding better and even my wife enjoying the experience - it doesn't get any better than this. Suddenly my 80th birthday in 3 months didn't seem so terrible if I can keep enjoying days like this (even though I'm recovering from a summer cold). To paraphrase Rick Steeves "Keep on Driving".