Robert, My First Car

I’m the younger sister, ergo, my first car was shared. My sister and I shared a car named Robert. We have always had a family tradition of naming our automobiles. My dad once had a black and blue truck that I named Bruise. I mean, really, it fit, you know.

I actually learned to drive in a V8 Pontiac Grand Prix and that sucker would go and I mean go fast. In fact, the first time I drove that puppy, my foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator and I almost hit a tree before my dad could grab the wheel and I could find the brake again. It was pretty wild.

Back to Robert, though. My sister drove him for a year and a half before I got my license and then we both shared him. He was powder blue. I took my driver’s test in him and the tester said he really should fail me because I needed a car with power steering, but as long as I promised not to try to parallel park, he’d let me have my license (it’s kind of funny now because I’m a champion parallel park-er and have actually gotten out of the passenger seat on occasion to park for the driver).

So, why was my car named Robert? I know if you know me, you have to know there was a logical reason for his name just like there was for Bruise’s name. My first car was a Mercury Bobcat. So, Robert was totally an appropriate name.

Oh, and as an aside, today is release day for my new book, Sebastian’s Salvation. http://www.bookstrand.com/sebastians-salvation -See sidebar for the cover.

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16 Responses to Robert, My First Car

  1. danicaavet says:

    LOL, my best friend in high school had a little Ford Escort with no power steering. When I was learning to drive, I remember trying to drive that car and wigging out because I could barely turn the steering wheel! LOL God bless power steering!

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Ooh, a Grand Prix! Wow, those were cool muscle cars back in the day.
    I have to confess that I don’t even remember the Mercury Bobcat. Usually Merc & Ford had twins … so what was the Bobcat’s twin in the Ford line?

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  3. Lindsay says:

    Congrats on the release. My first car was a powder blue Mercury Comet three speed that I inherited from my father.

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  4. Micki Gibson says:

    I’ve known so many people who name their cars, but I was never one. I still don’t feel comfortable referring to my van by her name even though the hubby insisted on naming it as well as his own car. My van’s official color is Nighthawk Black Pearl, so her name is Pearl. It’s the only vehicle I’ve owned that had a name. Maybe that’s why I struggle with book titles and certain character names.

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  5. Lavada Dee says:

    I don’t name cars either but a few have snuck in. When our son was little he named my Dad’s car Connie. Not sure why, it was a Volvo, but it was Connie to him. And recently our grand daughter borrowed our Lexus and it came back as Lexie. And, she didn’t want to return it.

    Congratulations on the release. I just bought it but still need to get my nook back from my daughter to read it. Ummm I’m seeing a birthday gift in the horizon. Or better a color nook for me so I can give this one to her.

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    • I love the name Connie – that’s so fun! And Lexie fits for sure. I had a Pontiac my son named Ponti- and he’d say we’re going to the store in Ponti.

      Thanks for the support on the release- can’t wait for yours next week- it sounds good. We need you to do a post for my blog to promo it.

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  6. Laurie Ryan says:

    Robert, huh? Makes sense for a bobcat. That is one clean car, by they way. 🙂 I’ve named cars, too. The fast little midlife crisis car I have now is called Zipper (it’s zippy). 🙂
    Mega-congrats on the release of Sebastian’s Salvation, Jillian. I know how excited you’ve been for this story to come out and I’m off to go grab my copy!

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    • Thanks for the support for Sebastian, Laurie. He is a wonderful hero and I like him a lot. Even if I did write him! LOL!

      I like Zipper’s name. SUPER Cute!! Yep, Robert for Bob. Of course, I call bobby pins Robert Pins, too. Got that from my daddy-o! LOL!

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