There’s a new vehicle in the driveway … and my little red truck’s grille is a little out of joint.

IMAG0213First, a little background. I love tooling hither and yon in my little red truck … but it is a small, two-wheel drive Ford Ranger. It does have a standard transmission, which helps keep some semblance of control, but this is upstate New York and winters can be … well, unpredictable.

Even though I have used Red for winter forays, it really isn’t designed for wintry weather. Sure, there was the time we made it through a blizzard picking up papers north of the Thruway (the sun was shining and the pavement bare when I left the office). She was comfortable on the snow-packed back roads in Maine. And we were able to navigate through a slalom course on Route 95 in New Hampshire. No, Red wasn’t afraid of the snow, but it was challenging.

The first year I had her, she was my transportation so we made it work. But with the prospect of moving to Maine {still going to happen some day, but hasn’t yet}, I opted for a more winter-friendly Subaru Outback and for the last four years, Su was my winter vehicle of choice. And Red was good with that.

But I sold Su to my daughter, leaving me with Red. During the summer and fall, that wasn’t a problem. Red loved the weekly roller coaster ride up and down the hills {going down more than going up} of the Southern Tier and Pennsylvania as we picked up our newspapers.

But I knew the practical thing was to look for a more practical winter mode of transportation. So I kept my eye out for something with at least four wheel or all wheel drive.

IMAG0346Enter Jimmy … a  sleek black 2001 GMC Jimmy. It had a lot of miles on it {a location byproduct where the closest real grocery store — and just about everything else — is 20 miles away or better}. But it purred like a kitten and it was amazingly clean. So I took a chance.

Thus far, it’s been a good investment. I’ve had it for about a month and Jimmy and I have put on a couple of thousand miles, most coming on a trip last weekend to meet my great-granddaughter and reconnect with other family and friends. While I was able to navigate around Winter Storm Electra — got to Illinois ahead of it and back home after it — I did have to get through Erie, PA. Jimmy slugged through the steady snow without a hiccup. In his four wheel mode, he was ready, willing and able to forge his own tracks in the falling snow.

But, back to Red. She wasn’t happy with this interloper sitting next to her. In fact, she was downright angry … to the point a couple of days after Jimmy’s arrival, when I went out to assure her she was still a big part of my driving life, she wouldn’t turn over. There was no spark from the battery … not even a waning rrrurrrurrr. Dead. Like a doornail.

So I dutifully went out and bought her a new battery. After installing it, I sat behind the wheel and reasoned with her. I still love her. I still need her. She’s still important to me. I was only trying to protect her, reminding her of the tail light incident when my daughter slid into a guardrail.

And I turned the key to a full dash of lights and a welcomed vroooom.

So it appears all is good. I do try to alternate modes of transportation, and Red seems content sitting under a warm blanket of snow.

But, in retrospect, you have to wonder who reasons with a truck?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Remember, nothing dries faster than a tear.


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8 Responses to Jimmy

  1. pilatesong says:

    I especially love your thought that nothing dries faster than a tear. I am fairly sure that Red had a few of her own tears, then stubbornly stopped you in your tracks of her tears just long enough for you to give her some reflection. That reflection resulted in a light-hearted and heart-warming post. I’m pulling for Red, but certainly understand that variety is the spice of life, and a transportation necessity in your colder climate.Well put!

  2. Haha… I love your sense of humor.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Catherine Marcuccilli says:

    Cute blog entry. Yes, I did think at some point, gee, he anthropomorphizes(is that the word) vehicles. But then, I have heard people do that before. Glad you’re all wheel drive in the winter weather. I’ve persevered so far in New Jersey. My son is happily managing the sound function for the drama club production in January, and has happily managed the sound for the school district holiday concerts this year. This is his fourth year with working sound crew. This June my twins are expected to graduate from 8th grade. In mid-January there’s an open house for the regional high school. I’m applying for jobs still – with my detrimental age at this point – as a friend pointed out that women in my age group are now viewed as heart attack risks – well, I suppose I’m grateful for a little better understanding of the age discrimination view. By the way, through the local library, I was able to find an online course to polish my Microsoft Office skills, which was necessary – going into an interview without polished skills for those programs turns out to be equivalent to not being able to read and write.Which is silly, since I share your view that they are easily learned tools. Recently had an interview for a job, which would be an hour and a half drive away – so my resume is occasionally getting a nibble. Time to apply for the substitute teaching positions that I’ve been avoiding for too long, I think.

    I’ve baked Christmas cookies, some with my kids, while juxtaposed with this is an email group that’s helped me on a journey to implement healthier eating. Last night I baked cookies with my kids, and my daughter took some to school today. My son preferred not to bring any party food contributions to school. Upon checking my email this morning, I read a daily encouraging email, of a 40 day series, on celebrating the victory of overcoming a craving for an unhealthy food and rethinking what to put out for Santa in place of cookies. Ugh, I’ve been on again, off again with healthy eating, and eating fewer cookies than usual is my victory for the holiday season! Just not ready to give up cookies. I’m trying to rationalize that baking them with butter, eggs, and milk is healthier than purchasing them with the other ingredients that the food industry uses. The number of cookies that I used to consume isn’t justifiable though. 🙂 The takeaway of the email was, it’s more satisfying to celebrate a victory over a craving than the very fleeting enjoyment of all of the sugar. Good for me if I remember that. Might want to post it somewhere in the kitchen. Time to focus on becoming an organic fruit and vegetable enthusiast. I know that my focus on that will be more after the holidays though.

    I’ve been getting out to inexpensive events in the Lehigh Valley through a national group called Meetup.com – true, there are single people who utilize the activity specifically to find someone to date. I was focusing on the purpose of neighbors getting together to learn something. What I learned was local event options. I enjoyed free and inexpensive concerts, and learned where the best walking trails are. Had a robust exercise schedule of walking this past summer and into the fall. Then, at a Halloween party, while enjoying the event with some new friends through one of the groups that I joined, I met a man on my way out of the party. I had developed a habit of leaving meet up group holiday parties “early”, by 10:00pm or so, rather than midnight or 1:00am that many favor. Early on, your Five Minute Friday posts had popped up and redirected my attention so that I didn’t leave one Friday event and then go on to the next one that was held at a bar. I’m glad that I kept my evenings relatively early, especially since I have children at home. Anyway, on my way out of the party, I recognized a man who had attended two or three of the same summer events that I had attended, so I greeted him. He got my phone number and followed up. We’ve been dating. I know that he’s a member of a Protestant denomination, and that’s as far as I’ve gotten with understanding his spiritual views. So, for now, we’ve been dating through the holidays, but no real “meeting families” kind of thing.

    I’m not sure when I’ll be visiting NYS next. Initially, I was thinking that I’d be by my parents for Christmas, but now, I’ll probably stay in New Jersey. I’m letting my ex-husband bring our kids to his sister’s for part of the Christmas break to give them a change of scenery.

    Just to let you know, the Seneca Falls United Methodist Church is having a cookie sale today. The cookies sell quickly, and I don’t know the hours of the sale. My Dad bakes for it.

    Hoping you’re enjoying this Christmas season, Cathy

    • Wow. Sounds like you’re keeping busy, trying to let go of the past and making the most of your situation … including life in Lehigh Valley. There is nothing wrong with free or inexpensive events. We have our share around here, especially in Ithaca. When you least expect it, the right job and the right relationship will pop up. Just hang in there. Christmas is the season of miracles. You have to believe! Hope your Christmas and the entire holiday season is blessed. Keep in touch.

  4. TamrahJo says:

    I reason with my truck – so there are at least two of us! My truck tried to let me know of her battery life going – – but I, busy in my new employment, ignored the signs and she, upset at my lack of attention, wouldn’t give me anything but a click-click-click – – but even with her auto transmission and 2 wheel drive and shabby tires, (which she’s been asking just when she can go out dressed to the nines once more), has made her point, time and time again and always with compassion – she’s never gotten stuck but in my own driveway – – – she’s never refused to start but in my own driveway or the parking lot where I had friends and a mechanic nearby – – she gently lets me know when something is wrong, but never informs me in the middle of nowhere – I figure she loves me as much as I love her! LOL

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