Monday, March 15, 2010

The Flying Car

The good news was she had lost twelve pounds. The bad news was she was dying for a cigarette.
The good news was she she was trying to quit. The bad news was she was planning to start tomorrow.
The good news was she was out of cigarettes. The bad news was she was out of cigarettes.
The good news was the convenient store was down the street. The bad news was the brakes were going bad.
The good news was it wasn't that far to the store. The bad news was it was mostly downhill.
The good news was the light was green. The bad news was the car in front wasn't moving.
The good news was she made it to the store. The bad news was she couldn't slow down to take the turn.
The good news was the parking lot was empty. The bad news was there was a convenient store.
The good news was there was a parking bumper. The bad news was it made her airborne.
The good news was she was in a '78 Ford Station Wagon: built to last longer than today's Ford Trucks.
The bad news is they don't make them like that anymore.
The bad news was the store didn't have a drive-through. The good news was she made one.
The bad news was she went through the store. The good news was the car stopped before going out the back.
The good news was no one was hurt. The bad news was the manager only said "women drivers..."
The good news was she really needed a cigarette now. The bad news was they were out of her brand.

Twenty-five or so years ago my mother did drive our green with faux paneling '78 Station Wagon through the Sing Station. No one was hurt and amazingly the only damage to the mighty vehicle was a cracked windshield.  I went by the store that evening to survey the damage. They did not even close. They had someone board up the front and went on selling candy, gas, ice cream and cigarettes. The employees were having a blast talking about the crazy woman that drove the store!  Yep, that's my mom! Always special, never simple! (see previous post under the same name.)

7 comments:

  1. How have I never heard that story!!! 20 years of knowing a family and you think that I would have heard that one! Too funny!

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  2. Yep, Lara. Just wait. We're full of surprises!

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  3. wow. i think i may have to take up smoking if that's the kind of fun that can come about...

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  4. Thank goodness no one was hurt!! Because of that I don't feel so bad saying this made me laugh. My mother once knocked down a telephone pole when she was learning to drive.

    Women drivers? I've sure seen some interesting "men drivers" out there :)

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  5. I surely hope she found a cigarette somewhere that night. Holy smokes :)

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  6. Now that is funny and that is the good news!

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  7. I love the good news/bad news exercise in writing :) It always yields a pretty funny story!

    Might have to use that technique on a day when I have a story to tell!

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