A recent article on the Internet listed several familiar items on cars that will soon be phased out. Among them are the front bench seat and the shift lever on the steering column. Both are already rare, so they won’t be missed, but how will future teenagers ever find a mate?
Where a girl sat clearly indicated what she thought of you, just as her position did in slow dancing (see 11/22/05 posting, Good Night, Sweetheart). Except for foreign sports cars, bucket seats were unknown in our high school years, but the poor guy whose father’s car still had a four-on-the-floor shift was to be pitied. Many a girl was startled by third gear.
If she leaned against the passenger door, move on, it will never work. If she cuddled against you in the “Hi there” position, you would soon be parked on Scottdale Road. More likely, she would sit somewhere in between where you could gauge your progress. I heard of one guy who glued a tape measure on the seat, but only as a joke.