*with apologies to Cyndi Lauper
Tip of the Day: If you watch GREMLINS on Blu-Ray, it's not any better than it was 25 years ago in non-high-def -- but I still groove to that theme song!
As I navigate the snowy winter weather of western NY in my Corolla, complete with studded snow tires, I am reminded of my first driving accident as a teen. Let me set the stage:
I'm a Page at the small town library where my mother also works, and at 5PM when the library closes, I wait in my car for her to close up so I can drive us both home.
*Note the hotness of my 1980s Ford Tempo.
**OK, so I borrowed this pic from http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Ford-Tempo, and my car was white with a black bottom, but you get the idea. HOT.
While waiting for Mom, I notice a small group of people standing in the middle of the parking lot sort of to the left of my car. At the same time, I get the great idea to turn my car around and pull up right next to the library door so Mom can hop right into the car. I'm a good daughter, right?
I put my car in reverse, keeping my eye on the people to make sure I don't mow them down with my vehicle....CRUNCH.
Oh wait, one of the people standing nearby had parked their TRUCK BEHIND ME? Um, ooops...guess I forgot to look there....
Mom and the owner of the truck made it to my Tempo at about the same time. And can I just say I can't remember a time I've felt like a bigger idiot? (Remind me of this if I claim to feel uber dumb in the future.)
The truck's bumper pad had a lame little scratch on it. But my Tempo lost some rear lights and gained a crinkled rear bumper. And the truck owner charged me like $80 for a new bumper. When you're making $5 an hour, man that SUCKS.
But let me tell you, I haven't backed into a vehicle since!
Ah yes, these are the perfect moments to channel in order to torture the characters in my books....
Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing