How a 1955 Chevrolet station wagon delivered us to fuller consciousness

Sure, a sporty 1955 Chevrolet Nomad wagon would be nice, but there’s real work to be done around the Palm Springs Vintage Market, held the first Sunday of every month, October to May, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

A full-size Two-Ten series car is more apt to get the job done.

At least, I think it’s a Two-Ten and not the entry-level One-Fifty series.

I am certain it’s not a Bel Air; there was a four-door but no two-door station wagon of non-Nomad configuration in the top-of-the-line Bel Air series.

However, the car in my photos appears to be rolling on Bel Air wheels. The original whitewall tires were replaced with blackwalls.

While visiting the Vintage Market with a friend, we encountered Michael and Bianca Alexander, the hosts of the PBS series Conscious Living.” They live somewhere nearby.

I had met Bianca two months earlier at Modernism Week’s vintage travel trailer show, when we struck up a conversation about our apparel.

I couldn’t detect whether Michael and Bianca are interested in cars. My mistake, though, was giving away the fact that I’ve never seen their show.

It’s a crying shame, but as I told Bianca, I watch football and that’s just about it besides an occasional look at the news.

Football? She seemed horrified.

Yes, NFL: the hard stuff.

I didn’t even mention auto racing.

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