QotW: What part of 2016 are you most eager to forget?

December 31 is when the Japanese typically throw a bonenkai, or “year forgetting” party, to drink away memories of a particularly crappy trip around the sun. Maybe your ride suffered a horrible mechanical malady this year, or perhaps a favorite racing idol died, or could it be that you sold a rare part you should’ve kept?

What part of 2016 are you most eager to forget?

As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW,”What are you asking Japanese Santa Claus for this year?” 

This could be the first-ever two-time consecutive win in QotW history. The champion this week, and the final victor for 2016, is blue72, with his hilarious his Steve Martin-inspired wish for world peace… or was it an IDx?

If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in a spirit of harmony and peace.

If I had two wishes that I could make this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in a spirit of harmony and peace. And the second would be for a large daily allowance of ¥ to spend on Yahoo! auctions.

If I had three wishes that I could make this holiday season, the first, of course, would be for all the children to get together and sing. The second would be for the many yen, every day to spend on Yahoo! auctions, and the third would be an encyclopedic and omniscient knowledge of all things JNC and kyusha.

And if I had four wishes that I could make this holiday season, the first would be the crap about the kids, definitely. The second would be for all the yen, the third would be for all the knowledge, and the fourth would be to set aside one month each year to have an extended, 31-day visit to Japan itself. To begin slowly with parts houses, then some of the shops like oh, what is it? Rocky Auto or something like that. Of course, museums and racing circuits would be visited too. I’d also be behind seeking out old car parts while I’m there.

Wait a minute, maybe that visit to Japan should be the first wish. It could all go boom tomorrow and I’d have never visited the factories where my cars were made. No… no, the kids, the kids singing would be great. That would be nice.

Wait a minute, who am I kidding? That’s a logistical nightmare! Maybe I should reorganize this list.

Oh wait, oh geez! I forgot about trying to convince manufacturers that fun small cars like the IDx are great and that they should run classic parts services like Mercedes does! Okay, I need full and unprecedented manufacturer support of classic parts and small fun cars that the masses will buy in droves. And of course, my last wish would be for all the children of the world to sing in a spirit of harmony and peace.

Thank you JNC, merry Christmas and may the Japanese Santa bring me a rust free early S30 shell that I can start cleaning and reinforcing for many eventual L-gata horsepowers.

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9 Responses to QotW: What part of 2016 are you most eager to forget?

  1. Censport said:

    Without a doubt, the one thing I wish I could drink away is my best friend and I losing our cars in a building fire.

    http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/dickson/2016/04/06/multiple-classic-restored-cars-lost-white-bluff-fire/82721654/

    I still get choked up thinking about it now. Bertha was a sweet old Cadillac and I really enjoyed cruising it around. One day, when I have room at the house, I’ll have another. But I’ll never forget my first “Big Girl”.

  2. Bryan said:

    All i really wish to forget is the car crash that we experienced this weekend, although no one was injured badly, the stress we faced, and the burden of placing my friends in danger is really wish hadn’t happened

  3. Is all of it an option? I mean my dog died, next day Prince died, David Bowie died, Carrie Fisher had a heart attack, George Michael died, my Cressida died. ugh…

    I think its easier to list the positive:
    -Met Akira Nakai
    -Chicago Auto Show
    -Team Nostalgic BBQ
    -Touge 80s
    -JCCS Neo Classics
    -I found a 10mm socket I lost years ago when it fell into a frame rail on my Civic

    • Nakazoto said:

      You know, it was 2013 and I was in my garage working on my bike. I got so angry I threw my 10 mm wrench at the ground. It bounced, hit the wall and then disappeared. A year later we cleaned the entire garage, everything out, still no 10 mm wrench. A year after that, we moved, literally everything gone, not a single thing in the garage and yet still no 10 mm.

      I’m convinced that 10 mm wrenches and sockets are in desperate need in an alternate dimension so they sometimes borrow ours. When they return them, they don’t always put them back into the same place they borrowed them from. Someday, many years from now, my 10 mm will reappear, just like your 10 mm socket!

    • Tandy said:

      I’m with Ryan. For several reasons, lets just toss the whole damn year.

    • Randy said:

      I’m with Ryan. For several reasons, lets just toss the whole damn year.

      Can’t even type my own name today…

  4. banpei said:

    I’d eagerly like to forget the part where I sold the Celica AA63 donor car (for converting my Carina), nicknamed Auntie Celica. The car was stripped down (engine still operable) and had to attach the body panels, hatch and doors every time when I moved it around. After hauling the car twice in a year, and due to the lack of a suitable wrenching place with electricity it became a stranded project.

    With the upcoming birth of my Daughter I pictured myself dragging along the Celica for another good two years, moving it from barn to barn and never have enough time to finish the project. So I did what any good father would do: I said goodbye to Auntie Celica in August and hello to my daughter Izabella in September.

  5. Joe Hornberger said:

    What am I eager to forget about 2016? All the celebrity deaths, as well as my own personal health issues. To quote Counting Crows (popular in the ’90s): “It’s been a long December, and there’s to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last.” Anyone remember them?

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