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Drive-Thru (cont'd)

Updated on June 20, 2020

drive thru (cont'd from previous hub)

I named my hoopty Reggie, it spoke to me. That name was unassuming, simple, and trying its best. There was something very "Little Engine That Could," about it, and I think in Greek Reggie means, "hey I know I'm not cool, but I'm handling it well."
I knew Reggie, like the back of my hand, and wasn't afraid to help him out where he needed. I knew his limitations. I knew to cover the floor with plastic so I didn't get wet when we went over puddles. I knew only one of his speakers worked, but I wasn't mad. I knew to keep a butter knife, or flat head screw driver on hand to open the gas tank. I also knew that getting the driver's side window up or down was a two person job, one person to roll it down, the other to guide it into the slot with both hands. No problem.
Maryland was having a nice weather streak and I used a lifeline (phoned a friend) to help open the driver's side door a crack. I was getting fancy. I let the good weather get to my head, and forgot that Reggie was a special needs car, one beautiful day after school.
My brother was having an all-too-critical big mac attack, and I had to rush him to the nearest McDonald's shortly after we left school. We ordered, drove to the window, paid--things were going pretty smoothly. But then the cashier handed me my brother's food in its large, McDonald's paper bag. I had gotten all carried away with my fancy crack in the window, I had even paid through it, because of course my arm could fit through that opening. What could not fit through the opening, was that white paper bag that held my brother's value meal. I was remiss in recalling that when one is driving Sir Reggie, and one is ordering a drive-thru meal, one must open Reggie's driver's side door to receive one's cuisine. I didn't do that. Instead, the bag got stuck in the driver's side window. I'm going to need to repeat that. The bag, the McDonald's paper bag was stuck, in public, in my driver's side window. There was no time. I couldn't hold up the line behind me and the bag just would not give. My struggle only lead to french fries leaking onto the parking lot. My brother sat next to me screaming at the top of his lungs what an idiot I was, and that he had no more money to replace that food stuck in the window. I stopped business with this side show, as a barrage of seagulls flocked to our part of the lot to attack the abandoned french fries. The cashiers at the window behind me could not help customers being so occupied by their own hysterics. They laughed without restraint, as my car, now parked, was attacked by seagulls, and I freed my brother's food (bit-by-bit), from the clenches of my window. He has yet to forgive me.
When this happened I was 16, and wanted to die a thousand deaths from the embarrassment. Today, I think this story should be used to treat depression! Happy writing, hubbers!

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    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      10 years ago

      LOL! Every time one of my parents does something crazy I tell them that they've just lowered their nursing home budget. I hope it helps them build character.

      In my travels I've had 8 roommates, once 4 of us were living together, and I'm consistently told I'm easy to live with. Must be all those years of my parents not giving me my way? They did something right, because I really do see parenting styles reflected in the people I've lived with. Who knows...but I can fend for myself, usually without offending. And I am, for sure, a "glass half-full girl." I also usually think that the glass is crystal, and the water is sweet. Thanks for stopping by, again! I was hoping to do some writing today...does this count? ;-)

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      Joanna McKenna 

      10 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Well, I like you too! You seem to be a "glass half full" kinda girl rather than "half empty". But then you'd have to be to survive in nursing, where one HAS to make the best of a bad situation.

      And what a clever girl you are to have figured out that parents do (sometimes) - out of love, of course - "set kids up" for their own entertainment. They'll say it's to "build character", but it's really only to give them something to laugh about years later after you've parked them in The Home. ;D

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      10 years ago

      I like you! My hoopty helped build character. I don't mind that he has retired though. You have to understand, my friends were all in brand new cars while I was driving that one. I think my parents were just setting me up for their own entertainment. Now it's MY entertainment! My parents were always, "WE have money, you do not." But I am not spoiled, not afraid of work, and know the value of money. Can't hate the lesson now. Thanks so much for reading, I've really enjoyed your commments!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      10 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      The driver's side window in my hoopty worked fine, but the door latch didn't. The only way to be SURE the door wouldn't fly open while turning a corner was to never open it. Leave it closed and locked. Can't tell you how much fun it was...NOT...to crawl over the center console without getting goosed by the gear shift...

      As for your mom worrying about you working in earthquake-prone SF, I'm guessing Missouri is now on her list after one of Joplin's hospitals was destroyed by a tornado. Reality being practically NO place in the U.S. is safe from natural disasters of one sort or another.

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      SJ 

      10 years ago

      Oh, Kitty, you're reminding me I wanted to combine pt 1 and 2 of this hub and make one. Gotta say it warms my sick little heart that you had a hoopty too. I'd swear all my friends' parents bought them new cars. My parents' accectionate philosophy, "we're not letting some teenager (that would be me, their child), ruin a brand new car!" And hoopty it was. Good ole MD, my mom is preaching my exodus from CA all day these days--the earthquake. Wait til you're an RN, Kitty. I love how the hospital administration thinks doctors and nurses are earthquake-proof with their "report for duty," nonsense. How do these stooges even know we'll even survive it? I want to get over and read some of your new work today! I'm at work and this crazy weather we're having is making the babies come.

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      Kitty Fields 

      10 years ago from Summerland

      haha, hilarious! i'm sad i hadn't read this story before...all the good ol' days being a teenager in maryland. i have a few stories very similar...with a hoopty-ride of my own! :) voted up and funny.

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      11 years ago

      thanks so much, lorlie, i'm SJ, and he's working on forgiving me!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      11 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Fabulous finish, ahostagesituation! I love the visuals-I'm sure your brother's forgiven you by now!

      Welcome to HubPages and enjoy!

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      11 years ago

      Then-traumatized! Now i can't even think about that incident without giggling. thanks for reading it.

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      earnestshub 

      11 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh boy! I had fun with the first half of this article, but the Macca's incident is very very funny! You poor girl! You must have been so embarrassed at this age!

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      11 years ago

      Thanks samboiam, I told this story once to an ex-boyfriend of mine, and he told me he was laughing to himself nearly the whole following day. I tell everyone that if I had my own reality show, it'd be a cartoon.

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      samboiam 

      11 years ago from Texas

      This was great. You are going to be such a delight to Hubpages. I am off to join your fan club.

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      Charlie 

      11 years ago

      I LOVED the story. Sadly I was able to picture every last detail as if it had happened to me. Or wait...did it? Im not sure...i have this memory now...one with my sister...who isnt really my sister...getting my McDonalds stuck in the car window and then attacked by crazed birds...nothing short of a famous Alfred Hitchcock movie! Well done Shannon...well done

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      11 years ago

      Deb!!! Now I'm laughing! Thank you.

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      Deborah hamilton 

      11 years ago

      I'm sitting in my car laughing & crying I had to stop reading! Thanks for the belly laugh

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      11 years ago

      thanks so much, i really appreciate the feedback. So glad i'm not the only one!!!

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      colordecaramelo 

      11 years ago

      I had to cover my mouth to keep from literally LOL'ing at work! Reminds me of some stories I have from my first car, "The Dustbuster." Great job :)

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