Cruising with the Little Old Lady From Pasadena
Have you ever invented story lines for strangers who cross your path during the day?
It can be a fun way to pass the time and is the closest most of us will ever get to writing a novel or screenplay.
I did that once in the Trader Joe’s parking lot.
I pulled into a space that was next to a Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.
It had two doors and looked to be from the late 1960s or early 1970s, making it a muscle car.
It look like this car except it was white with a red interior:
I’m not a car enthusiast but I couldn’t help but linger and take a look.
Today’s cars all look alike so it’s fun to gaze at such a distinctive-looking car. The top was down and the red interior was very inviting.
As I walked away I noticed an 80-ish year old woman leave the store and walk in the direction of the Cutlass.
I stopped and watched to see if she would get into that car. I really hoped she would.
As I waited I made up stories of how maybe she kept the car for nostalgia and calculated that she would have been in her 30s or early 40s when that car was new.
Or maybe it belonged to her husband and she takes it for a spin sometimes in the summer, like the Little Old Lady in Pasadena.
She was wearing a sensible floral print dress and cardigan and I couldn’t help but think how cool it would be to watch her get into that muscle car and drive away. It would make my day because I don’t see story lines like that in my normal everyday routine.
If I had been directing this scene in a movie or written it in a novel I so would’ve scripted the scene in that way.
But, alas, it was not to be. The boring black Toyota next to the Cutlass was her vehicle.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. I’ve written copy for the muscle car niche before and know full well that the target market for muscle cars is Baby Boomer men.
One doesn’t normally see 80 year old women driving muscle cars so I should have known better.
But guess what happened two weeks later?
Lo and behold, there was an elderly lady driving it.
“Go granny, go granny, go granny go.”
I like it when old ladies keep me on their toes and make me think about the scenes I’ll create at that age.
Maybe I’ll be tooling around in a vintage 2016 Mini Cooper when I’m 80-ish.
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