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My Sweet Ol' Gal Has A Drinking Problem and Thoughts of Food During the 70's 
May 4, 2012 10:57 am 
Updated: May 21, 2012 5:41 pm
I need some help here. I know this is a food site and I will get to that later but first I need to tackle a major problem. My sweet ol' gal has a drinking problem that started in the late 70’s and she’s beginning to siphon the life out of my bank account. The moment I laid eyes on her it was love at first sight and we’ve been in a continuous relationship since 1978. In the beginning I wasn’t aware of her drinking problem or perhaps I just didn’t care. She refuses to go to G.A. and stays holed up in her room for days on end listening to her 8-track tape player. I occasionally take her out for some exercise but she insists on drinking too much during these excursions. I’ve contemplated getting rid of her or sending her off to my grandson, though I seriously doubt he can afford to take care of her. Maybe I can find someone else that can afford to take care of her. She’s low maintenance except for her obsessive drinking – guzzling might be a better word. Maybe it’s time to get a younger gal that doesn’t have a drinking problem. Although, I doubt anyone could look as stunning as her even with her drinking problem. Too bad the dollar store doesn’t sell her favorite beverage, that way we could be happy forever. Help and suggestions wanted! Oh, by the way G.A. = gasaholics anonymous.

1978 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Now onto the food:
Since we were in the 70’s, with the above, I’ll share a couple of my favorite recipes that I discovered in 1970. When I returned home from my tour of duty in Vietnam, still clear in my mind were the culinary experiences I had while “in country.” As time went by I often wondered if these fond memories of Vietnamese food would fade. Two of those recipes were Banh Xeo (Vietnamese sizzling crepes with pork, shrimp and other goodies) and Cha Gio (Vietnamese version of egg rolls) eaten with Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce made with fish sauce, I highly recommend Viet Huong Three Crabs Brand). But then around 1978 the nucleus of Little Saigon in Orange County, California began. Living in Orange County at the time I thought, wow, what an opportunity to refresh those memories of Vietnamese food. So with my limited knowledge of the Vietnamese language I headed off to Little Saigon. The sounds and aromas hit me as though I was right back “in country”. After asking a few questions and pointed in the right direction for my ingredients, I was on my way to recreating a couple of recipes. Jackpot! The recipes were just as I remembered maybe even better due to fresh ingredients. I later found out that the ingredients could be bought at any store, well maybe not the cha gio wrappers and nouc mam (fish sauce) at that time, but with the infusion of Vietnamese food that it is today they can be bought anywhere now. I don't have the exact measurements for the recipes, they're all from memory. Perhaps I should write them down some day. Here are a couple of sites to give you some ideas.
Banh Xeo:<
Cha Gio:<
Nuoc Cham:<
Most nuoc cham recipes use sugar, I don't but feel free to use it. I basically just use equal parts of fish sauce and vinegar or rice vinegar, juice from a half of lemon, water to taste, 1 clove of garlic pressed and garlic chili sauce to taste. As you gain experience with this dipping sauce, adjust it to suit your preferences. There's no secret formula its just a matter of adjusting it to your taste.
May 4, 2012 11:51 am
Wow bd, you’ve kept that baby in mint condition! Advertise it on AutoTrader . . . it would make a great mafia car as is or a pimp car, if painted purple w/ chrome wheels & large felt dice hanging from the mirror!! The senior citizens in South Florida luv these type of gas guzzlers as they are six passenger, have a large trunk for luggage, and travel well on their road trips.
May 4, 2012 11:55 am
She may be in mint condition but you'd have to be a billionaire to get her from California to Florida.
May 4, 2012 12:10 pm
Wow! She is a beauty! Yes, I can only imagine her obsession with the hi-octane liquids. I'm sure someone would appreciate and care well for her, but if you don't find that person, you may eventually be forced to make her pay for her own keep (maybe a container garden?). However, if you've got the space, and you love her as much as I think you do, you'll just have to keep her and care for her in her old age. Maybe take her out to the park once in a while on a sunny day. (BTW, Jailhouse dip will be made this weekend to take on girls' trip!)
May 4, 2012 12:30 pm
Thanks Staci - She's bigger than my yards, well almost. I'd cost me to fill her with dirt.
May 4, 2012 12:42 pm
I still miss my parents 57 Chevy Impala. White with bright red interior Sigh.
May 4, 2012 12:55 pm
Dang it would appear you've kept that thing in beautiful shape! Does it run as good as it looks? How many miles on it? Sadly, the bad thing may be that the only one who really gives a hoot about a 34 year old Caddillac is the one whose treasure she was. If you've the room, hang on to her.
May 4, 2012 12:58 pm
Hey Dog Head - Yep those were the days. Those 57's are worth alot today.
May 4, 2012 1:01 pm
Raedwulf - She runs great! About 160K miles but compression tests are still high. I've got the room but with today's gas prices might have to replace her.
May 4, 2012 1:10 pm
Great blog! Reminds me of my grandparents car :) And, I can't even imagine being shipped over to another country and eating the food. What an experience! I think I'm too picky, but we do what we have to huh? Thanks for your service!
May 4, 2012 1:12 pm
If you're determined to part with her, find a classic car auction that would be willing to put her up on the block.
May 4, 2012 1:17 pm
Thank you Scotdog. I am a grandparent and our grandson has expressed interest in her. Maybe we'll gift her to him.
May 4, 2012 1:19 pm
Virgina Mom - The problem is that the car isn't worth much especially today.
May 4, 2012 1:39 pm
My DH had that same car, but blue. I think he loved it the same as you. DH passed in 1997 and since I wasn't as enamored I elected to keep my TBird and sell his (as he called it) Mafia staff car. But we kept my dad's '64 1/2 Mustang. DS has restored it and it is widely admired at car shows.
May 4, 2012 1:47 pm
BigShotsMom - I'm sorry for you loss. I'd much rather have a 64 Mustang or Corvette from that era.
May 4, 2012 2:16 pm
LOL!!!Great blog my brother. I dont remember eating a lot of Vietnamese food, allthough I was once offered some dog (had to pass). Thanks for the jolt I will find a Vietnamese restraurant and indulge!
May 4, 2012 2:25 pm
Hey Big Shots. That was mt very first car, a 64 1/2 mustang with the 260 V8, badged and everything. Funny thing, knowing nothing at age 16, I thought the 260V8 badge was a mistake, sold it for peanuts.
May 4, 2012 2:28 pm
Cliff - Welcome home brother. I'd have to say Vietnamese food is one of my favorites. You might want to try a Banh Mi (sandwich), they come in several varieties.
May 4, 2012 4:48 pm
I enjoyed your blog so much! Thanks for posting. I remember the day of big gas guzzlers. I love Vietnamese food. Thanks for the recommendations.
May 4, 2012 6:28 pm
Awesome car, hope you find someone that will love her as you have! I love Vietnamese food, there is a place just up the road called Saigon Crepe, go there with my daughter for pho and those incredible summer rolls. I'll have to try the crepes sometime!
May 4, 2012 8:08 pm
Nice blog, nice car!
May 4, 2012 8:46 pm
iceemama - Thank you. Definitely try the Banh Xeo (crepes).
May 4, 2012 8:49 pm
Wyattdogster - The summer rolls/spring rolls are really good. I think the crepes are my favorite.
May 4, 2012 8:52 pm
Magnolia Blossom - Thank you. I took the picture of the car 6 houses down from here in the desert.
May 5, 2012 6:47 am
She is a beauty! Have you put an ad in the paper? I can not tell you any other way of how to sell her. Hopefully someone will take her off your hands. In the meantime, I'd use her for storage.
May 5, 2012 7:26 am
Luv2cook - We do use her for storage especially around Christmas to hide presents from the grand kids.
May 5, 2012 8:15 am
Great Blog! You had me going there (I have to admit to being very stupid... I didn't get it and really thought you were talking about your woman!)
May 5, 2012 8:19 am
Marcia - lol, no my woman is a keeper.
May 5, 2012 12:26 pm
I showed this to my son and he suggested you take the car to classic car shows (he thinks there are a few out there) and put a 4 Sale sign on it. Chances are you will get decent offers because they appreciate cars.
May 5, 2012 12:29 pm
BigshotsMom - Thats a good idea. Never thouht of that. Thank you.
May 6, 2012 4:11 am
BD- love your car! Nice blog. My husband still clings to his first love-1957 silver chevy.
May 6, 2012 5:02 am
Gosh bd.weld, You had me worried , when on reading the first part, only on seeing the terrific photo did things come clear. This is my very first comment and it is to you.
May 6, 2012 6:14 am
Lela - Oh, I wish I still had my first car. A 1961 Austin Healey bug eye Sprite. It had a 6 gallon gas tank. In those days gas was 24 cents a gallon. Gave the gas attendant $1.50 to fill it up and got change back.
May 6, 2012 6:18 am
naguere - lol Thank you for the comment. Join in over at the "recipe buzz". You will be glad you did.
May 6, 2012 8:30 am
LOL! This was a great blog!
May 6, 2012 10:00 am
Is that a cadilac? I had one that looked just like the one in the picture above... yellow and all. It was a beaut, but alas, like your "gal," she too was a gas-guzzler. Fun blog bd. Thanks for sharing.
May 6, 2012 10:16 am
Mother Ann - Thank you. I like to put a little humor in blogs.
May 6, 2012 10:17 am
Candice - Yes, she's a Cadilac and a heavy drinker.
May 6, 2012 10:36 am
bd, she's a beauty! And how much fun could a whole bunch of people have tooling around in her!!? Poor dear and her "problem". . .I'm going to expand my culinary adventures and include some Vietnamese cooking in the near future. Thanks! :)
May 6, 2012 2:29 pm
Love this!! I know exactly where little Saigon is. I have been there many times. I am going to try to make the "crêpes". YUMM. Thank you for sharing.
May 6, 2012 3:40 pm
LadySparkle - She seats 6 comfortably. Hmm...gas divided by 6...
May 6, 2012 3:42 pm
FrackFamily5 - If you go to little Saigon they sell the prepackage mixture for the crepes turmeric included.
May 6, 2012 7:10 pm
Love this bd.weld. I know she has a drinking problem.......but at least she doesn't gamble :) My soninlaw in Vietnamese and I LOVE his cooking. Vietnamese food is wonderful and one of the bonuses is the freshness of the ingredients. One of our fav spots on Maui is Star Noodle on the Kaanapali hillside. They have the most awesome Vietnamese crepes....YUM!
May 7, 2012 5:54 am
Maybe a drinking problem but what a smooth ride I bet that old gal has!
May 7, 2012 7:46 am
mauigirl - How awesome that is. Nothing better than homemade Vietnamese food.
May 7, 2012 7:49 am
Cat Hill - She really does have a straight and smooth ride while she's drinking.
May 7, 2012 9:30 am must keep that land yacht! that imbiber has many stories you would miss. heck, grab the mrs. weld and cuddle in the back seat and think of a drive-in...or better yet, smuggle some friends into a drive-in movie ( if any exist in your neck of the woods) and watch some crummy horror movies with wife curled up next to you! i love viet chow too! seriously though, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICEE FOR OUR GREAT NATION!!
May 7, 2012 9:40 am
gderr - Thank you for the kind comment. As a matter of fact we do have a drive in movie near us. lol
May 7, 2012 10:48 am
Great blog bd. - I admire you sticking with your gal, despite her "problem". I don't think that even GA would help her. :) It was in little Saigon in the late 70's that we discovered a whole new world of food. I am constantly working to master all those wonderful flavors. Thanks for sharing this with us and thank you for your service!
May 7, 2012 11:43 am
Baking Nana - Thank you! Fortunately we do have a small Vietnamese store here so everything is readily available.
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May 7, 2012 2:30 pm
I meant to post this earlier and forgot. One of my few published recipes.
May 7, 2012 3:01 pm
BN - Thanks and saved. It does look good. I'll go check and see if the little Vietnamese store has galangal, if not I'm going to OC this weekend to visit family. I'll check there.
May 8, 2012 10:34 am
Enjoyed reading your story! What a grand car! Loved the 70's. Had the time of my life living up in Santa Barbara, Ca. Loved to really cook then too! I had a Mercury with a V8 that color with a Landau top. My Dad bought me a set of fantastic wire spoke hub caps and I loved driving that car!
May 8, 2012 3:08 pm
knightingale - Thank you. The cad had two types of hub caps the ones on her and the spokes. Didn't want to keep the spokes clean. Santa Barbara is a beautiful part of California. We visit there often.
May 8, 2012 3:17 pm
My brother had a 1973 Sedan Deville which he affectionately called "The Enterprise." It finally limped along to the junk yard after many years and miles of service; my brother cried. 8 mpg city, 12 mpg highway. That thing weighed 5,500 lbs.
May 8, 2012 4:19 pm
HisPixie - By today's standards they sure are as big as the Enterprise. For a '78 she still runs strong. It's been years since I checked the mileage but I do remember 12-14 mpg highway.
May 9, 2012 6:31 am
I love your gas guzzling gal. Made in the day when real steal was used rather that plastic bumpers of today. She guzzles gas because she has heavy front and rear end, LOL. I also own a diesel drinking machine, but when I see some accidents in those little plastic, key chain cars, I fill her up again like a red solo cup and keep on truckin'.
May 9, 2012 7:52 am
RNG - LOL, I like the red solo cup idea but I don't think yellow solo cup would have the same ring to it as TK's red solo cup. OK, now you've got that song in my head. Let's have a party!
May 9, 2012 2:05 pm
Wow, she's a beauty, would be hard to say goodbye even with her drinking problem. Doubt that if you decide to hook up with a younger gal that she'd ever have her grace! Thanks for the recipes, too...I saved them to my recipe box. One of these days when I'm feeling a little adventuresome and sassy, I just might give them a try.
May 9, 2012 2:13 pm
bd, your sweet 'ol gal's granddaughter lives with me--;make=Buick&amp;model=Roadmaster+Wagon
May 9, 2012 4:33 pm
lutzflcat - Thank you. When that adventurous day arrives you'll be glad you tried the recipes.
May 9, 2012 4:36 pm
Allie - Nice wagon. I checked your gals blood gasohol and it seems that she doesn't drink as much as her grandmother.
May 9, 2012 6:59 pm
She's on a new diet-- we stay close to home and I keep my eye on her so she can't drink too much. She won several Top Gear USA contests including one where she takes a bath; she still drives when her interior is filled with water.
May 9, 2012 7:22 pm
Allie - How funny!
May 10, 2012 5:47 am
Awwww! But she'll last forever! :-D
May 10, 2012 5:47 am
In the Garage!
May 10, 2012 5:49 am
BEA-U-Ti-Ful Gal you have on your hands!
May 10, 2012 5:57 am
I thought it was a Cutlass! (I had a '77) But who knew Aliegeek and GDWeld are married...not me but cool beans! :-D
May 10, 2012 6:13 am
Cindy - Thank you. She's a 1978 Cadillac coupe de ville and stays in her room (garage) when shes not out drinking.
May 10, 2012 12:41 pm
She is a beauty!! Maybe she could be immortalized in movies or tv shows. Film production companies sometimes use older cars as props and pay for the time they use the car.
May 10, 2012 1:07 pm
Albion mom - Great idea! Off to make a search.
May 11, 2012 7:35 pm
Oh, I feel your pain BD. I drive a 1979 Lincoln Mark V. Luckily, I live in a small town and I don't have to go far when I drive her. But, she's my main squeeze. Couldn't bare to part with her.
May 11, 2012 7:57 pm
JTB - Your Mark V is another classic car, thanks for stopping by.
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