One of Those Days with the Hippies
When I finally get the hippies to leave, I look up and I’m shocked. What am I doing on this street? This is not the way I always leave the neighborhood. And, furthermore, where am I going?
Dementia! Alzheimer’s! I have both! No! Think about grabbing your pocket book and stepping out the back door. Oh, that’s right. You’re going to get the car washed!
In the car wash office there are no magazines for girls—only guy stuff—so I do some more exploring into hippie history on my iPhone and get myself locked into some places I don’t know how to navigate my way out of. After I have turned the phone off and on a dozen times, the lady calls me to pay my bill and go get my car.
When I step in, the driver’s seat, of course, is pushed back into the cargo bay and I sit there with my legs sticking over the edge like Edith Ann on the rocking chair. I manage to get the key into the ignition and give it a click. The radio blares out, playing music from the wrong station. I tap the AM/FM button and my station is back on. I find the switch that moves my seat forward to the spot where I can reach the gas pedal. Now the steering wheel is sitting in my lap and my legs are jammed into one position. Find that lever and lift the steering wheel. The radio plays on.
Good! Now put the car in drive and leave. Hit the gas. Nothing. The car isn’t moving. OK. Pull the hand brake. The car still doesn’t move. Try the hand brake again. Nope! Back in park and then into drive one more time. Hit the gas, Nothing.
I push the button to lower the window and motion to the twenty-something attendant who is staring at me with a puzzled look on his face. He comes over. The radio is still blaring, so I turn down the volume.
“Can I help you ma’am?”
“Yes! I can’t get the car to move forward. Is there some sort of brake on this car that I don’t know about?”
“Ma’am, your car’s not crunk!”
There I sit. Stupid on a Stick! Degrees and certifications coming out my petoot, a successful career in education, and a car wash attendant with absolutely no skills in using principal parts of verbs is having to give me instructions on how to start a car.
He looks like a left-over hippie.
Go home, Margaret!
Go home, Margaret!
Compost occurs. We all have those days.