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The Banana Boat

The Banana Boat

Yesterday, Kevin and I were driving through downtown Lexington testing out our newly fixed car and all of a sudden I started laughing totally uncontrollably. While he looked at me with this perplexed look I almost couldn't stop laughing to explain what happened.
When I was growing up my dad bought cars like most men bought ties or jeans. The car that I will never ever forget was this land yacht ghetto-fabulous canary yellow coupe de ville. Now that was one interesting car. It just had a radio but that was fine, it had power windows, door locks, all the buttons you could ask for and the worlds largest V8. I know fuel efficiency wasn't a concern because best I can remember gas prices from being 5 or 6 it was around 75 cents a gallon. I sorely wish that we still had those prices. The Exxon Valdez and BP will ensure that doesn't happen and we will however with the environmental crisis off the gulf coast I'm pretty sure it's not totally bad.
But back to the story. When I was 6 or 7 years old dad had an appointment at a specialist in Lexington so, here we go loading up in the wee hours of the morning my mom, dad, sister, and me, pillows, toys, Walkmans, coffee, the essentials to entertaining the family on the way and way home from a long trip. Now, remember even though this car was huge it was a 2 door Cadillac Coupe De Ville. Which is why when people who have a perfectly normal 4 door or 2 door car that is capable of seating four or five people find out they're having a child and immediately go trade this normal family size sedan for some humongous SUV or Van. We grew up for years fighting over who got to sit up front, sharing room in the backseat, and making long trips in a regular car.
As we got to Lexington, my Dad who never admitted he was has the sense of direction so great he would get lost in a paper bag did just that. My dad however didn't just get us lost, he got lost in the worst part of town while it was still dark out. Our car fit in perfectly though so we were fine.
I remember sitting in the backseat covered up with my blanky propped up on my pillows and watching my dad back the wrong way down a one way street and wonder what was wrong. So now that downtown is a mess due to the equestrian games and South Limestone is closed, I found myself almost 20 years later reliving this very strange and funny moment. Thankfully Kevin was going the right way but all of this kept whirling in my mind.
People forget about life before large SUV's, outrageous gas prices and a life before Three Mile Island. We didn't learn anything from Catalina and the Southern California disaster. I also will never forget time before GPS systems and getting lost in downtown Lexington. Also, I will always remember the big yellow boat.

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