Rockin’ Down the Highway

It’s Super Bowl Monday!  Meaning some of us stayed up past our bedtime and are paying the price now.  But some of those commercials are pretty cool even if they have very little to do with the actual product being marketed.  Like the car commercials.  I love Clint Eastwood so I dug the Detroit car companies comercial.  Sorry, I don’t recall the specifics, but I think of it as more of an ad for Detroit in general, like the one they did last year using Eminem.  Loved the Honda commercial/Ferris Beuller spoof with Matthew Broderick!  Hello!  Eighties teen here.  Of course I was bound to love it.  The Volkswagen commercial with the dog who gets fit to chase the car?  That was pretty good until the end.  The end pushed it to great.  I admit I liked the Doritos commercial too.  It also featured a dog, but I didn’t plan on talking about dogs this week.

Cars.  I don’t remember much about my first car.  It was a red Starfire.  I have no clue who made it, only that they are made any more.

My younger sister had a black one which outlasted my red one because I ended up with it in my second year of college.  Maybe it was my third.  Until the wheels fell off of it on my way back from a teacher observation at Sunset High down in Miami.  Then I had a brown Camaro for a month.

  It didn’t look exactly like this when I got it and it certainly didn’t look like this after that first month.  I got in a wreck exactly 23 years ago today.  How do I remember it to the day?  It was my then-boyfriend/now husband’s 21st birthday.  (Happy birthday, honey!)  I was on my way to the post office to pick up some brownies my mom sent for his birthday.  (She liked him just as much back then as she does now.)  Next was a white Monte Carlo for about half a year.  It was stolen just about right out from under my nose.


What?!  No picture?!  Did someone steal that too?  Dang!  A red Trans Am with T-tops replaced the Monte Carlo.

 (Again, not my actual car.)

Boy, did I think I was hot stuff in that car.  So hot I blew the roof off it.  Really.  Literally.  Okay, maybe I wasn’t that hot, but one of my T-tops flew off while I was flying down I-95 at 60 mph…and it was raining.  Not a good day.

The remarkable thing about all of these cars?  All of them were during my college years.  I wasn’t very kind to my wheels back then and they got even with me in the worst ways.  I’m a lot nicer to my current Honda Odyssey (yeah, such a mom car), even if I don’t look nearly as cool in it as I did in the Trans Am.  But you know what?  My van has air conditioning and a much better sound system than all of the previous cars put together.  And if a Honda is good enough for Ferris Beuller, it’s good enough for me.


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6 Responses to Rockin’ Down the Highway

  1. jeff7salter says:

    You had a red Trans Am? Wow. Even I would’ve looked COOL in a set of wheels like that! Awesome. Always wanted a Trans Am.
    BTW, you must’ve robbed some banks to have have so many newish vehicles. Wait til you hear about my sad fleet (on Thur.).


    • Micki Gibson says:

      No robbed banks. It was a dad in the auto industry and lots of buddies who owed him favors. Plus most of those cars were at least 10 years old by the time I got behind the steering wheel. (I think the Monte Carlo might have been younger.) Still, I was glad I had transportation and a dad who was sympathetic to a teen girl who wanted to look cool in her ride.


      • jeff7salter says:

        Wow. I’m green with envy. I had a good friend whose parents bought a convertible, which he used a lot, at some point during our junior year of H.S. I don’t even recall the make or model, but it was awesomely cool. I had another good friend who drove his dad’s new Chrysler New Yorker with a 440 cu in engine. That thing very nearly got airborne. Then I had a buddy with a Model T which his dad and big brother had restored. You didn’t get anywhere very fast, but that was as cool a ride as the other two.


  2. I have a feeling that Jeff and I have something more in common ….sad cars! I am green over Micki’s.
    Micki, Happy Birthday to your husband….it is my oldest son’s birthday today…good day for men, huh?


    • Micki Gibson says:

      It is a good birthday time. Today is also Ronald Reagan’s birthday. Funny thing is the hubby missed a trivial pursuit question regarding Reagan’s zodiac sign when he was always the one telling me they shared a birthday.
      And don’t be jealous over the cars too much. They were old and had their issues. I suppose my kids could say the same thing about me. Ha ha! Seriously though, those T-tops leaked something horrible. Miami summer+ afternoon thunderstorms + leaky T-tops = tropical rainforest on wheels.


  3. Super post! I love the Trans Am, too. And your mom car is awesome – You’re the best driver out there. And Matthew Broderick is cool, too. I have a niece married to a guy with the last name Bueller and their dog’s name is Ferris. LOL!


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