The Road Warrior


Literally translated, geisterfahrer means “ghost driver.” That’s vaguely unsettling in a Nicolas Cage movie sort of way, but that’s not why we’ve chosen it for this list. No, to learn why this word made the cut for “things we’re glad we, as Americans, never have to say”, you must consider a few things: A) The word is German, so automatically you get the sense of something sinister lurking just beneath the surface, like a troll in the basement of that delightful clock-making house in the Black Forest; B) This is a common enough occurrence in Germany to warrant its own word specifically designed to warn foreigners; and C) Germany is the home of the autobahn, which is the closest any of us will get to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in our lifetimes: 

Now picture this madness, but with someone driving in the opposite direction into oncoming traffic. On purpose. That’s a geisterfahrer.

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a good surprise


Felt good today during the 10 mile run, better than expected, especially after a tired run yesterday, just don’t know how you’re going to feel from day to day sometimes.  Maybe the weather helped, it was cold but not as windy as yesterday, or maybe the inspiring playlist before the run.  Whatever it was, the run was easy and carefree along the parkway, alongside the Friday evening traffic anticipating the weekend.  Got a call from my son yesterday, he’s coming home for winter break earlier than expected, next weekend, his program is mostly final projects instead of final exams so he avoids finals week this semester.  Great news.

A gift guide

I’ll be honest, one of the things I love most about the holiday season is shopping.  Gifting is always a fun creative process for me, and shopping “ethically” provides a new challenge.  Here are some of my favorite goods that I’ve spotted out there from “ethical” sources, all under $100.

1. pajamas - I have a real thing for grown up pajama sets, and I’m so happy Everlane is now making a classic style.

2. adventure-inspired candle - These candles from Ethics Supply Co. are so gorgeous, a great unisex gift for a co-worker or friend.

3. road warrior skincare set - This makes a great gift of natural skincare basics.

4. cashmere shawl scarf - For the traveler in your life who always gets cold on planes.

5. felted slippers - Because nothing feels more “holiday” than nice slippers.

6. playing card set and case - A very luxe stocking stuffer.

7. billy goat - A soft friend for a little one.

8. boy smells candle - I debated putting more than one candle on this list, but they were both so cool.

9. embroidered sweatshirt - Cozy, on trend, and some of the proceeds go to the HRC!

10. sweater weather pin - Tis the season.

11. indigo tea towels - For pretty-ing up a kitchen.

12. half dome tumbler - Such a cool concept for a handmade glass, available in other mountains.

13. hand-printed bandana - Sold out at Nordstrom, but you can buy directly from the source.

14. silk sweater - A wardrobe building block in a super soft fabric.

15. beard oil sampler - Moisturizing for skin and facial hair.

16. wool beanie - My favorite cap for chilly days.

17. fair isle socks - A stocking stuffer to keep tootsies warm.

18. cloth extension cord - Super practical, but an aesthetic upgrade many wouldn’t buy for themselves.


“The Mad Max films are a kind of modern myth-making, a notion that is present even in the way they treat continuity. If you sat down and tried to piece together a timeline for Max or his world over the course of the four movies, it wouldn’t add up. Instead, each movie functions like a different story someone is telling about Mad Max, the Road Warrior. He is an archetypal figure within a new mythos. It doesn’t matter if it’s the same sawed off shotgun that sparks and fails the first time Max tries to use it—what matters is that there is a gun like that, because Max has a gun like that. Just like Max has a leather jacket carried down from his days in the Main Force Patrol, and at some point he or someone near him will wind a tiny music box. In each Max story, there are certain symbols that are constant, like Orpheus’ lyre.”

—Tarra Martin, “Ride Eternal” (Bright Wall/Dark Room, Dec. 2015)


I haven’t seen anyone else do this, so here goes, the evolution of the Mad Max XB GT Falcon. The last of the V8 Interceptors.

  • In Mad Max the car is pristine gloss black with flat black accents. It has a (non functional in real life) Weiand blower activated by a button on the shifter, full interior, open headers going to zoomie exhaust pipes behind the doors, MFP badges and a very Monza-like custom nose cone In general, it is one mean looking police car. Max steals the car to avenge his family, killed by a marauding bike gang.
  • In The Road Warrior the car has been through some stress in the wasteland. The interior has been removed, the lower portion of the nose has been removed to clear the desert terrain, the badges are gone, the zoomies have been replaced by straight pipes, the finish is much more distressed and most importantly, the trunk lid and rear window have been removed to make room for two massive fuel tanks, which are armed with a bomb that is later used to detonate the car and kill Max’s persuers. The nose is also smashed off during a chase sequence early on. The Weiand was also, according to some sources, functional in this iteration. 
  • The car does not appear in Beyond Thunderdome.
  • The car is resurrected in Fury Road, almost the same as it appeared in The Road Warrior, though one tank has been removed and the car overall is looking very tired, it is captured by the War Boys early on, and returns later with the infamous Black on Black paint removed, a Ford truck rear end and a second Weiand blower. The fuel tank has also been replaced with propane canisters that are chained below the rear bumper of the car, to make room for a mounted gun and spiked drop chain system. The lower nose has also been reconstructed in a much more rugged and aggressive fashion. Both versions of the Weiand supercharger were functional here.