Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Goodbye Tank, Hello Fill-in-Blank

This is me...and my new car "Fill-in-the-Blank". Yes, that's right, I have a new car. It's a spiffy, red Neon that's perfect for zipping in and out of traffic and for parallel parking (which I'll be doing plenty of once I move downtown, and I'm real crap at it too). But the best part is that I think it's a car that suits my personality: It's bright and shiny (like my face on a hot summer day), it's red (the color I turn when I'm in traffic...and also my face on a hot summer day) and it smells nice (as do I, when it's not a hot summer day).
Unlike The Tank....





This a picture of Leanne and The Tank on "one" of the fateful days that The Tank broke down. At school of all places. I was driving down the hill when the brakes failed...and then the steering locked...and it looked like I was going to die. Thankfully I was able to sweep the car into the parking lot and run it into a parking space (and when I mean run, I mean only the concrete pillar at the end stopped me). Nonetheless, I still managed to pay for parking and go to class, calling the tow truck afterwards. My car ended up getting $1400 worth of repairs on problems I (and probably it) never knew it had.
Of course, that wasnt the first problem I had with The Tank. The CD player never worked properly and when a song skipped, you were stuck with it forever. At one point the mufflers nearly fell off. Weeks later, my wheels were declared unsafe for the road (not my$1000 snow tires, those are golden...btw, anyone want to buy them?). Then the growly noises started. Then I ran out of gas on the Coquihalla. Then I ran out of gas while parked overnight at Ross and Jeff's (how does that happen?).
Needless to say, the tank was fussy, loud, unreliable, large, moody and couldn't hold a tune. Much like me. Hmmmmm.

PS My new car needs a new name! Any suggestions? So far, I have a friend (you know who you are) telling me I should break the last N off of NEON and call it "Neo"...

6 comments:

arbyn said...

I don't care what you call it as long as it's not Neo.

Seriously.

Wanderlusting said...

Duley noted. I was thinking more along the lines of "Zippy"...or Ross's suggestion: "Flame Boy!"

somethinglikebradshaw said...

I think you should name it Suzette...it's red afterall! Suzette...what am I thinking? I've definitely been at work too long. Congrats on the new car...you should drive it to Terrace sometime since I'm moving there. I just got a job as a creative writer for television and radio! Calgary was short-lived but I'm living it well...hehe

Anonymous said...

what's creative in terrace?.. definitely go with flame boy!!

Anonymous said...

Flame Boy is NOT OK!! Ummmmm.....What about Bertha, but then it's not really BIG so then it couldn't be BIG BERTHA, or Suzie Q or even Zippy! Maybe you need to drive it a while, see if it has a personality of it's own?!?!?!

Wanderlusting said...

Why Suzie-Q? I'm not naming it after my boyfriend's ex...that would just be weird.
So far, its personality is: Gas Guzzler. I have to fill up constantly...it's got a small tank.
Hmmmm. Maybe I can call it Small Tank....