Way back in the early 80’s when I had big hair, a tail (omg I know…) tight jeans and leg warmers…again – I know… I would cruise for fun. Living in Sherwood Park – the ‘burb of Edmonton – I can tell you there was not much to do if you didn’t bowl or curl. I did neither unless it was for PhysEd. My friends and I walked endlessly around Sherwood Park. I have never been as fit since those days.
For curiosity sake, I went to map my runs and plotted out our typical route. On an average day we would log 11km. ( <—- see that number? weird isn’t it?) 11km would take us past all the houses that held boys in it that we were hoping to glimpse at. Of course we would DIE if we actually saw or talked to one of these boys. We were much more comfortable talking to strange guys. Not that they were strange and creepy…okay Bob was, but the rest were okay! This is what we did without wheels. No movies, no job, swimming would ruin our hair and makeup and god forbid someone would see us in our bathing suits! OH to look that fabulous now.
Then one day, my sister (ok, she isn’t really MY sister, she is my mom’s sister but we were closer in age and in fact still extremely close) bought a Gold Pontiac Firebird. It was smokin’! She would let us pile in and cruise around. ACTUAL CRUISING! We thought we were all that and more…you know what I mean…
The tunes were cranked, Loverboy Get Lucky blasting out the windows and we would just smile at the boys….. ahhhh good times, good times…
Since my cruising days are over, hard to look cool in a Kia Rondo – Mom car ( in my defense I need the leg and head room for the boy – he is tall and so are his friends and grocery room – teen boys are EATING MACHINES) I have resigned myself to just looking at cars.
I love an Aston Lola, Jag, Beemer or Mercedes. I’m not fussy. I think muscle cars are for middle age men. Women like me need elegance and sophistication. Something that makes my hair and nails look good. Something that shows off my MKors as I slide my legs out of the car. Something that says “she has it all going on”. Kia Rondo says “mom”.
As luck would have it, I was at the Canada Day family festivities yesterday when the chicken needed to be picked up. We have food catered because we are busy people and do not want to spend the day slaving away in the kitchen on our day off – if we had a day off. Lots of us worked on Canada Day. My Sister – who is really my Aunt – T is what I always called her…always. T said to her hubs “take me to pick up the chicken in the Mercedes” pppppppppppprrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
She said Mercedes. T’s brand new car. I could smell the newness from the living room. I said, I’ll go with you. So we grabbed the keys and went.
She showed me all the luciousness outside and inside and all the bits and bobs it can do. She hasn’t figured it all out yet but who cares. The important thing was we had a good hair day going on so we would look FAB.
Proof we were in the car. This thing was awesome. It had 2 sunroofs – front and back. Warning lights to let you know if you are too close to the car in front. Camera and Video screen to see what behind you – nothing was see?
We took a “wrong turn” and had to go the long way to pick up the food… how disappointing. I checked my self out in every mirror to see how I looked driving in a Mercedes. I looked FABULOUS! I must get myself one. Now before that happens, I need to either stop working in non profit OR Tell George to hurry up and make an honest woman out of me. Stupid Future ex husbands…
Here is the slide show of this cars awesomeness – your welcome.
10 thoughts on “Cruising with a Side of Sophistication”
Great Blog Robyn,
Of course I would say that. I forgot what my firebird looked like. It was a hot car but was in getting repairs more than it was driven. Love the new car of course better. Don’t you wish we could go back to te 80’s again just for 1 day and see what it was like but of course through our older and more wise self.
Go back in time to the 80’s? Only if I could have serveal do overs. The fashion and hair makes me cringe 🙂
I’d definitely go back to the 80’s for a day! These days I drive a Ford Flex… how cool is that? Not!
The problem with having kids and being a responsible dad. Stupid kids ruining my car fantasies!!
Give me a Mini Cooper and I’ll be perfectly content!
Reason number 972 why it would never work between us 😀
Ahhh… the 80’s… good times, bad fashions. I’ve always been a Ford Mustang guy myself, although the 80’s Ford Mustangs blew! Kinda makes me want to map out our old “cruising route” to see how far we used to drive while “trying” to be cool 🙂
Didn’t they? I wanted a 66 mustang covertable candy apple red, yet I drove a Datsun B210 baby crap orange. Good times…good times
The BIG question is…did you marry Bob? hahaha…
I am DEFINITELY encouraged that I didn’t marry Bob, however I did marry his hillybilly cousin… chalk it up to learning lesson 101