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WQW #32: Transportation: Cars and Trucks

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This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

Definition of

Does anyone really need a definition of a car, truck, or transportation? Here’s a picture and a great quote instead.

“I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car’s headlights and tell you exactly which way it’s coming.”

Mitch Hedberg
red convertible

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Remember the Volkswagen Bug

“Germans make nice cars.”

Jason Behr
blue Volkswagen -1960s (They didn’t change much from year to year.)
Maude bugged her mom to drive.
"Just to the corner please.
I know you won't deprive.
Where did you put the keys?"

"Just to the corner, please?"
"Be careful with the gears."
"Where did you put the keys?"
"You're wet behind the ears."

"Be careful with the gears.
You know they sometimes stick.
You're wet behind the ears.
Just listen for the click."

"You know they sometimes stick.
The red light's on a hill.
Just listen for the click."
"You're never gonna chill."

"The red light's on a hill.
The car is rolling back."
"You're never gonna chill.
This gear is outta whack."

"The car is rolling back!"
Get out, I'm driving now."
"This gear is outta whack."
"Watch out, you don't know how."

"Get out, I'm driving now.
Pull up on the hand brake.
Watch out, you don't know how.
I'm getting a headache."

"Pull up on the hand brake.
You're gonna hit that bus!
I'm getting a headache."
Oh Mom, you make a fuss."

"You're gonna hit that bus!"
"I've got it into first.
Oh Mom, you make a fuss.
This jerking is the worst."

"I've got it into first."
"We can't get through this light."
"This jerking bug's the worst.
You're giving me a fright."

"We can't get through this light.
You started out in third."
"You're giving me a fright."
"Get out, this is absurd."

"Put, put, we'll make it through
I know you won't deprive.
Your fingernails are blue."
Maude bugged her mom to drive.

ยฉ Marsha Ingrao 2022
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A pantoum is a fixed-style French form of poetry. It doesn't have to be a certain length. The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming abab in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme (as bcbc, cdcd). In the last stanza, the third line of the first stanza is the second line, and the last line is the same as the first line in the first stanza. It is written in three-foot iambic lines.  So the stresses are read as - da DUM da DUM da DUM

This poem was written as a conversation between Maude, an unlicensed 15-year-old, and her mother who sat white-knuckled in the passenger seat gripping the handlebar attached to the glove box. The quote marks help to designate which person is speaking. Where the quote marks don’t end at the end of the line, the person continues to talk until the quote marks end. For example, if this stanza were a paragraph, it would look like this.

“We can’t get through this light. You started out in third (gear).” – Mom spoke.

“You’re giving me a fright.” – Maude spoke (although Mom was frightened, too.)

“Get out, this is absurd.” – Mom spoke.

This also could have been Maude because she was tired of her mom’s commentary. However, she was stuck in the middle of a busy road as the light turned red, scared to death, she missed hitting the bus behind her by a hair, and she couldn’t keep the car going. Her mother wanted Maude to get out of the driver’s seat in the middle of a busy road with the light turned red against them so she could “do it right.” The bus driver and his customers probably wished Mom would have taken over.


Mustard-Colored Vehicles

 On weekends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city, between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains.

The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Terri chose the color mustard for her Sunday Stills Challenge this week. I found a few car and truck pictures that fit that color, although I think mustard can vary from the light color of mustard in a field to almost an orange-brown of flavored mustards.

Mustard-colored Chevy
Mustard-colored emergency vehicle and the building behind it.
Bright mustard tires on this tractor that looks like it doubles as a dump truck.
The picture was taken with an iPhone 12 mini processed in Lightroom.

Cars That Could Break the Bank

“Drive-in banks were established so most of the cars today could see their real owners.”

E. Joseph Cossman

Mall car shows were established for the same purpose.

A rather expensive black Lamborghini taken with an iPhone 12 mini and processed in Lightroom. Notice the mustard-colored emblem on the wheels.

Other Challenges

IRL (In Real Life)

We are having another blogger meet-up if anyone happens to be passing through the Prescott area on September 15th. Let me or Lisa from Micro of the Macro know if you are interested in meeting us for lunch.

Lunch at noon at the Cellar Creekside, September 15th Right off Highway 17 on Highway 169 going into Prescott Valley. RSVP

What About Your Experiences?

Remember if you are researching a topic, you have found a gold mine of quotes. I summarized articles, and the name or website behind the post adds the gravitas I might lack about a topic. Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too.

Ongoing on Always Write

  • On August 9th Story Chat presented Gloria McBreen’s new story, “Backstab.”
  • PPAC #59 – “Quick Trip to San Francisco” (Photographing Public Art Challenge) is your choice of art – no theme! Two more days to link.
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • August 31: Holiday: Labor Day/Work Ethic/Dirty Jobs/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
  • For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page

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    • No one has contacted me other than our original folks except Janet who can’t come. I contacted Ingrid who has an RV blog and lives in Phoenix. She has another engagement, but wants to be included in other meetups. It’s best if we know someone to contact them personally. I don’t know anyone else that I can think of. Do you?

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  1. So sad I’ll be missing that get-together…but that just means we have to have another one soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the cars and your poem. I had a bright yellow (not mustard but more like sunflower yellow) 1975 Super Beetle which I dearly loved and served me well for many years and many, many miles. But I remember learning to drive a stick shift in a friend’s VW, lurching through a fortunately empty parking lot until I got the hang of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good memories.

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    • My mom and I tore through three Volkswagens. She wore out two pretty much by herself, then I chimed in to help with the third. Gas cost $.025 and we’d put in a dollar a week.

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    • My likes run along color lines. I rarely knew the makes and models. My younger brother knew every make and model on the road at age five. He’s still good with the older ones, but not so much newer models that all look the same – EVEN the colors!

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  2. Fun poem Marsha
    And the top takeaway was the Lamborghini with the mustard colored emblem in the tires
    Those cars are way too showy for my taste but must admit they are artsy and powerful machines !
    And that photo for Terri’s challenge and your theme so well!
    โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • I fail to see the appeal of the pricetag, for sure. We drove up and it had gathered a crowd all shooting pictures, so, of course, I had to also. The Chevy – now that’s another matter. I had a 57 Chevy that didn’t run and sat in front of my mom’s house. It got towed away as a public nuisance twice while I waited for my friend who sold it to me to come help me fix it. He never did – had a new girlfriend by then. Eventually I let the city of Portland keep it. If only I’d had an old garage and could have saved it for Vince. He would have been in heaven and it would have been pristine.

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  3. I enjoyed looking at your collection of conveyances, Marsha. Lots of mustard color in your photos, but I’d really like to take a closer look at that fire truck.
    I love your poem. I was completely unfamiliar with that construct. I should probably take some time to find some more examples on the Internet!

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    • I fell in love with that form of poetry when I was teaching. It was and is a challenge to get it to make sense and not sound too stilted. All I know about it are the constraints of the form, but I haven’t studied it or poetry in general. I wrote about 120 poems during my teaching years, then nothing until I started blogging and writing syllabic poems. One of my WQW participants regularly writes some of the old French forms of poetry and that got me started again.

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  4. What a cute poem, Marsha, I’m sure every terrified parent can relate! Love the mustard-colored vehicles! I almost posted a yellow backhoe image for WW today but I realized it works for my upcoming Sunday Stills theme “under construction.” I will have to look for vehicles to fit your theme this week. Around here I may get lucky to find a vehicle being repaired, LOL! As always, thanks for the added inspiration!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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