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Automotive > Sometimes You Get Surprised.

Sometimes You Get Surprised.

Ted and I sedately drive a Prius or at least I drive it sedately, he scares me to death with his near misses although he has improved greatly with his new glasses. He is a muscle car addict and cars are his life. Yesterday we were sitting in Arby's having a late lunch when we spied a Mustang convertible sitting outside and looking very dashing. He was admiring it and we couldn't see anyone inside that we would associate such a devil may car with. A blind Native American woman and her husband made their way painstakingly out of the door and into that car. He had his hands full negotiating her departure from the restaurant. We couldn't tell if she was a wife or a daughter since he seemed much older but I admired the care in which he tucked her into the car. I thought to myself that the car was his reward for all that care taking activity and I applauded him for his choice. Of course I could be completely wrong about the whole thing, but we love people watching. You have to take your joy where you can find it. I think he found his in that sporty convertible.

posted on Oct 23, 2019 6:57 AM ()


Jennifer and I used to sit in Starbucks in Plaza del Sol in Guadalajara and make up elaborate stories about the people passing by. That was before the children came along and we had that kind of free time!
comment by jerms on Oct 30, 2019 5:58 AM ()
That sort of imagining is fun. Hope you are all well. I am hating the cold but Laura reminded me that they needed the moisture no matter what form it took.
reply by elderjane on Oct 30, 2019 7:42 AM ()
Or maybe they were the best car thieves in the world, successful because they look so harmless. If so, I hope they get away into the sunset.
comment by drmaus on Oct 23, 2019 6:02 PM ()
I never thought about that but I like your take on the situation!! I am just a naive country girl...and girl is quite a stretch.
reply by elderjane on Oct 24, 2019 2:44 AM ()
Reminds me of the time we were in Binion's Casino Coffee Shop (downtown Las Vegas) and Mr. YouKnow whispered (he never whispers - I used to try to get him to do it to see if he knew how) 'Don't look, but that woman at the next table has a little teddy bear on her lap and she's talking to it.' It was Beanie Baby size, blue, with its chin in the table in front of her plate of food. We had to make up our own story about that one.
comment by traveltales on Oct 23, 2019 1:36 PM ()
People watching is fun. I can just imagine Gary and his whisper. Fortunately we didn't share until the couple was out the door.
reply by elderjane on Oct 23, 2019 2:36 PM ()
Geez, I can't think of a way to say what I'm thinking without sounding critical or judgmental. Well, OK, speaking strictly for myself, I can't imagine filling my head with such useless thoughts.
comment by jjoohhnn on Oct 23, 2019 11:25 AM ()
Let me are not a story teller. Luv u anyway.
reply by elderjane on Oct 23, 2019 2:37 PM ()
How fun, I love that you make up stories for the people you see. I also like to people watch, I might start adding stories to them!
comment by kristilyn3 on Oct 23, 2019 10:35 AM ()
I like to talk to strangers too. Ted can spot a fellow ex marine a mile away and I will be looking for him and there he is laughing and back slapping some old guy. It does them both good.
reply by elderjane on Oct 23, 2019 2:40 PM ()
Perhaps the car was his reward to himself because he needed something to be cheerful about. Although we are at an age when we should be downsizing, Ed has rewarded himself with a couple of pricey acquisitions. One is Ming dynasty war horses -- yes they are exquisite. The other is an antique table not yet received, and I have to move things around to make room for it. Why deny him? (I may post photos once I remember how.)
comment by tealstar on Oct 23, 2019 8:17 AM ()
that is exactly what we thought, that the car was his reward for the level of care he had to perform. You and Ed have no children so why not reward yourselves with beautiful objects and enjoy them.
reply by elderjane on Oct 23, 2019 2:44 PM ()

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