Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Ride

I started as a cashier in the car business a year after graduating high school. Within three years I became a Controller and got all the perks, including a new car every six months.

 I was very young, only a mere twenty-two years old and I was a bit insecure with myself and my overwhelming duties and thought the LOUDER I spoke the more important everyone would think I was (thankfully it didn’t take me long to realize diplomacy was key).

 One day I went to my office and setting against the wall was an old broom with a few wisps of straw and attached to it a note.

It read: Pam’s New Demo

Fortunately, I had a sense of humor and laughed my ass off. To this day I have NO idea who bestowed me with my broomstick but sure wish I could fly around on one! How cool to see the world from a bird’s eye view, eh?

My husband still teases me about my demo. Every time he has a broom he’ll ask, You want to take a ride? Or if I have a broom he’ll ask, You going for a ride? He’s such a card, ya know, I just want to deck him.

But I got the last laugh, because HE had to buy ME a car Saturday and it doesn’t have any straw. I may not be able to fly around the sky but I can whip around town whenever I want.

 So the next time he asks me if I want to go for a ride. I’m going to say, Yep. In MY new car! Thank you, Honey! 

Then I’ll give him a kiss.



  1. OMG, this post is HILARIOUS, Pam!!!!

    "It read: Pam’s New Demo"

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! Priceless!

    "and my overwhelming duties and thought the LOUDER I spoke the more important everyone would think I was (thankfully it didn’t take me long to realize diplomacy was key)."

    I hear ya, because I was the same way when I first got into management. I thought the louder I spoke, not only would they see my importance, but also that it would get my employees to work harder. But as you shared...diplomacy is the key!

    Hope you're enjoying your new car, my friend! Don't you love the way a new car smells?

    Have a faaaaaaaabulous week!

    (((( You ))))


  2. Love this story - absolutely hilarious, and I especially love how you can look back and laugh.  I think I'll park a broom at my door and remind my kids I might decide to take it for a test drive if they don't clean up a bit around the house.  

  3. That's a pretty sweet gift! I saw a t-shirt once that said "My other ride is a broom". I still wish I'd bought it! 

  4. I'm keeping my old broom. The straw is a bit worn down on one side but the new ones all have plastic bristles and the handles tend to cause chafing...

  5. Ha!  Paul is my ride.  I don't have a car and don't drive (not because I can't, mind you, I just don't want to)  I do have an imaginary break, but it doesn't work :(

  6. Bill, I actually hate to drive! And when I'm a passenger I too have an imaginary break! Mine kind of works because David will slow down. Either that or listen to me nag ;-)

  7. Grammy, I like the older broom myself. It's so comfortable and is broken in with a spot just right for my butt! ;-)

  8. Oh Angie that t-shirt would be awesome! I'd love to have one too. Maybe I'll make one. I do iron on's. 

  9. Mairead, good idea! Mine need reminded too, so maybe I'll park mine in the kitchen! ;-)

  10. Ron, yes I DO love the new car smell. I almost don't want to smoke in it...almost, but I will break down. Thank goodness for fabreeze! 

    The graphic does look like Bewitched! I loved that show! Too bad I can't twitch my nose and make things happen. Like yesterday when the storm knocked out my electricity for 26 hours. Ugh. It was peaceful but I was on a roll when it happened so got NOTHING done! Well, I did read by candle light. That was pretty cool.



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