Interview with Skinny Jim
This will probably be one of only a few interviews with the local roadster runner known as Skinny Jim.
In fact, Skinny Jim, bein’ an older guy and not in the best of health, it’s conceivable this could be the only interview. We’ll just have to
see how he does and how he feels about things.
It’s apparent, at least to me, that Skinny Jim is one tough son-of-a-bitch. The little fact that he’s still out there running the highways in
his topless 25 Dodge roadster during the blistering hot summer heat of the Arizona desert is the proof of the pudding as they say. Skinny Jim puts a
lot of modern day coupe and roadster running guys to shame. Not to mention some of the fat fendered sedans running windows and air conditioning.
Like he says, “I wonder why they don’t use their cars to go somewhere other than the Saturday night rod run. It’s not like they’re gonna
So . . . rather than try to remember exactly what Skinny Jim said, and since I used a small tape recorder to get this interview, I’ll just take the
easy way out and quote directly from the tape.
The participants are, me, who you know as Desert Dawg (DD) and Skinny Jim who we’ll call SJ so’s life will be easy during the transcribing.
DD: Mr. SJ, how come I don’t see you around town much?
SJ: I don’t hang around town too much. Seems like it sets folks off and they can’t figure out what I’m all about. You can skip that mister
stuff, at least you better if you want to talk to me.
DD: What are you all about?
SJ: Well, I sure ain’t all about running errands in little black roadsters like the one you drive.
DD: Is that a shot SJ?
SJ: Only if you want it to be. I gotta give you credit though, hittin’ the donut run in 16 degree weather and seeing only half of the locals turn
out and then they’re drivin’ their daily’s with plush seats, electric windows and butt heaters.
DD: Well, thanks SJ.
SJ: It wasn’t a compliment, not egzactly anyways.
DD: Well, what was it then?
SJ: Just a poke in the eye for the daily runners. I mean, Geez, these guys want hot rods most of their life and when they finally get one, it sits in
the garage most of the time. A little dirt and water ain’t gonna hurt them is it?
DD: No, it won’t, but let’s get back to you and find out a little more about who you are, where you came from and where you’re going.
SJ: Looking from here, it looks like Hell will be a stop somewhere along the line.
DD: Maybe, but it looks like you’ve done ok so far.
SJ: Looks ain’t everything kid.
DD: I wouldn’t call me a kid, I’m retired and in my 60's.
SJ: Yeah, I can see that, but to me you’re just a kid. Gotta say though . . . I’ve read some of your writing and you talk about young women a
lot, hell . . . to you they’re all young women.
DD: To an extent, but most of it’s just trippin’ down memory lane. This interview is about you though and not about me.
SJ: Yeah, kinda forgot. It’s easy to do at my age and I ain’t got as many brain cells as I used to have.
DD: So there are no fondly remembered young women in your past?
SJ: Sure there are. What kinda dumb ass question is that? Women make the world go round and in fact they’re what life is all about.
DD: Want to explain that?
SJ: If you ain’t got it figured out now, you ain’t never gonna figure it out.
DD: Alright, we’ll let that one slide. How about you tell the folks where you came from and a little bit about your life.
SJ: I can do that, but it would probably bore hell out of em.
DD: I don’t think so, you’re pretty much a one of a kind character and people would probably like to know.
SJ: Yeah . . . why not? Always did like to talk about myself. Trouble nowadays, not many will take the time to listen.
DD: Now’s your chance. Why not start with where you were born and maybe a little bit about your early life?
[edit on 30-6-2008 by intrepid]