Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 01, 2007
In Reply to: What a Ride! posted by ESC on May 31, 2007
: : : The phrase/saying "What a Ride!"
: : : I believe the author is Erma Bombeck, that wonderful lady who had 'drawers full' of these types of sayings etc. Sadly, she died of cancer but check her out, she has her own web site.
: : A quick check of Google news archive shows this phrase to predate Ms Bombeck by quite a bit, at least to 1897 possibly further.
: There is a phrase or whatever you want to call it circulating, basically talking about wearing out instead of burning out. Sliding into the grave sideways and saying "What a ride!"
Life is not a journey to the grave
With the intention of
Arriving safely in a pretty
And well preserved body,
But rather to skid in broadside,
Thoroughly used up,
Totally worn out,
And loudly proclaiming,
WOW !!!! What a ride!