But suddenly, out of left field, I realised this kid was probably the grandson of people I had gone to school with. No, wait - given the early age at which they married in that community, he could even be, is it possible, a great-grandson?
I'm 56. I'm out of the race. The body work is loose, and the bumper is definitely dragging.*
Thank God! Now maybe I can get some work done!
*Wikipedia says: The solid black flag is used to summon a driver to the pits. It is usually associated with a penalty imposed on the driver for disobeying the rules, but may also be used when a car is suffering a mechanical failure, leaking fluid, exhibiting damage such as loose bodywork, loose hood, dragging bumper, or any other damage that could potentially become a hazard to the driver or other competitors.