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Friday, December 6, 2013

CAUTION: WOMAN DRIVER

One comment before I start: Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela!!


(A repost from January, 2012)


I love to drive!  My first Mustang, which I think was a ’69, was the first car I had which my husband hadn’t driven for years prior to my driving it.  It was also the first car I had which (deliberately) could not hold a troop of Boy or Girl Scouts.  The government had a ban on manufacturing convertibles at that time because of safety concerns.  There were, however, no laws about making your own convertibles.  We had the car decapitated & a convertible top put on!  Once I was driving about 4:00am on a virtually deserted freeway when I glanced at my speedometer.  I was going 105!  I reluctantly slowed down.

My husband, Bud, drives slightly differently than I.  I have accused him of being a graduate of the HELEN KELLER SCHOOL OF DRIVING.  He is apparently more comfortable driving by Braille, because he is constantly on the Bott’s dots (the little reflective markers used to separate lanes) so he can feel his way along the road.  He used to travel.  When he was out of town, I would sometimes drive over the dots so I could pretend he was still home.

I could never understand why men doubt women’s ability to drive.  Once, when I was backing out of a parking space at Sears, a very simple thing to do, I noticed a man standing behind me, directing me & waving me on.  He said, “Plenty of room, lady!”  I wanted to kill him!  If I had, I’m sure a jury (of women) would have found sufficient cause to set me free.

Another example:  I drove through a very narrow, twisty entryway into a crowded parking lot. The attendant told me they were full.  I asked him if there was someplace I could turn around & he told me there wasn’t—I would have to back out the way I came in.  I told him OK & put the car in reverse.  He started to give me a lesson on how to back my car out.  I leaned out the window & said, “No problem—I used to drive race cars for a living!”  A total lie, but who cares?


Around 1975 we bought a condo on Maui.  A client of Bud’s gave us an old VW bus & had it shipped over.  My kids & I brush painted it Yellow Cab yellow & covered it with cartoon drawings.  (How often do kids get to paint pictures on a car with the owner’s permission?)  On the front it said, “Holo holo duck” (wandering around duck) & had my fishducky picture, wearing a lei, on it.  I was taking the kids from Kaanapali to Lahaina one day & stopped at a hotel to pick up a friend.  A lady approached & asked if this bus goes to Lahaina.  I told her it did.  She asked the cost & I told her it was a free shuttle.  I drove her to Lahaina.  She may still be there waiting for a ride back.  If you see her, tell her we went out of business.  









You might be interested in this. (LINK)

"Oh, & I suppose you've never scratched your car?"

I just found this in pinterest & had to put it in:









PLEASE help Janie Junebug in her attempt to send her former mother-in-law 80 cards for her 80th birthday!!  [Here's the link]



That's my opinion & it's absolutely correct!!----fishducky


 






22 comments:

  1. "P.S. Your girlfriend called" ha ha, instant forgiveness unless he wants his life to be hell for cheating.
    You have/had a condo on Maui? I'm jealous. Just a little bit.

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    1. We HAD a condo on Maui--I wish we still did!!

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  2. I love that bus! You must have had so much fun in Hawaii with the kids.

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  3. Dear Fishducky, hello after a month of being away! It's good to return to your brand of silliness, which always lightens up my day. As to driving, unlike you, I lack confidence. I didn't learn to drive until I was 36 and that may account for my caution. I'm not sure. I do know that I drove without incident throughout my Minnesota years, but when I moved down here I had two fender benders during the first 14 months! Peace.

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    1. I've missed you!! I've had some fender benders, too,--& one wrist bender. I have a 7" metal plate in my left arm, but I still have confidence!!

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  4. Mrs. C does all our driving, she knows every road in New Jersey, and she hates the way I drive...slow and steady.

    By the way, you are clearly a Doodle!

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    1. Bud insists on driving when we're together--I try to go to sleep!! I've never been called a Doodle before--it it good?

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    2. Never mind--I just read your post. I guess I AM!!

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  5. Hmm. Your girlfriend called. He got off lightly. Very, very lightly. She loves him (more than I would).

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  6. Yeah. Your girlfriend called. I've never forgotten the part in the book Waiting to Exhale when one of the characters finds out her wealthy husband is divorcing her for another woman. The wife has a yard sale and sells all his expensive stuff for pennies. Then she drives his fancy car out and sets it on fire. God, how I wish I'd done that to X. Thank you again for the link.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. From what I know of you, I think X is lucky that that never occurred to you!! You're welcome.

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    2. I forgot to say that Willy Dunne Wooters has a red 'stang. I feel so young in it.

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  7. P.S. your girlfriend called. Priceless!!!!

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    1. I think she showed a lot of self-restraint!!

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  8. "No problem—I used to drive race cars for a living!”  A total lie, but who cares?" … hahaa love it…

    A condo in Maui???? dang … I'm not covetous ..

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    1. I believe I've mentioned that I NEVER know what's going to come out of my mouth until I actually say it!!

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  9. There may be some excellent women drivers but I'm not one of them. I can't back up.... You should see me with a horse trailer. Now it's because of my bad eyesight but I wasn't any beter when I could see well. Loved the girlfriend called, one. I'd do the same thing. Haha

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    1. More women than men would admit to not being a good driver--it must be a MACHO thing!! Could you let the horse drive?

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  10. I still LOVE that bus story. :)

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    1. I still think the true ones are ALWAYS the funniest!!

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