I miss the old fashioned mechanical odometers. I had one in every car I’d ever owned before now. Alas, it seems as if everything is going digital nowadays.
It was always great fun watching the numbers slowly and sequentially roll over from right to left – especially when all those nines changed to zeros as you reached significant mileage milestones like multiples of 10,000 miles.
I always eagerly anticipated those rollovers. Hey, what can I say – I am easily amused! I would start looking forward to the big event when there were less than 100 miles to go, checking the progress daily and trying to guess when it would happen.
Some times I missed the transition; usually because I was distracted by traffic conditions. What a bummer – to check the odometer and have it show something like 40000.7 and I would realize that I would have to wait another 10,000 miles!
One of the most exciting (and dangerous) transitions I can recall occurred years ago while I was traveling through the mountains in Pennsylvania. I was on a winding two lane road in the outside lane, with only a flimsy looking guardrail separating me from oblivion when the numbers started changing. I believe I set the world record for rapid up and down eye movement.
Sad, but true – I am still waiting for maturity to kick in!