Jeff, Jack and I went up to Wisconsin over the weekend to visit family. The first chance he got, Jack climbed on to his three year old cousin’s new battery operated tractor. Jack sat on it happily moving the steering wheel but going no where. He didn’t know it moved. Then his cousin comes in, “Hey Jack! To make the tractor go you have to push the pedal with your foot.”
Such clear instruction. Jack lifted his legs up, located the pedal, and pushed his foot on it. Vroom vroom!
On the drive home I was thinking about how boring my car looks. Jeff’s car has lots of character. It stands out. It’s easy to spot on the road. My car blends in to the hundreds, or thousands, of other SUVs that are so similar. I was thinking about adding a window decal but Jeff has a thing against car decorations.
Me: Are you against stickers on your car, or my car too?
Jeff: What do you want to do?
Me: Add a Valpo decal in the window or Young Life.
Jeff: No you can’t do that. You could get running boards, or hella lights, or a bumper bar on the front of your car like police cars have.
Me: What? Those sound a lot more expensive than the $3.50 sticker I want.
What are “hella lights” you ask? Yes, me too. In fact I wondered if that was the technical term or what they are referred to in rap songs. It’s actually the brand name. See the picture for an example of how cool my SUV could look.
Me: What would I even use hella lights for?
Jeff: If you’re out at night and find yourself in the middle of a pick up game of basketball, you could flip on your lights to light up the court so the game can go on.
Me: That is often a situation I find myself in.
Then Jeff fell asleep. Don’t worry boys, I’ll get you home safely.
In other car-related news, yesterday an envelope came in the mail from the Police Department’s Red Light Enforcement Office. It was addressed to me. Yikes. I opened it to find… pictures of Jeff’s car driving through the red light!! Woohoo it’s not me!! Haha… you see Jeff and I bought new cars at the same time but the way we did it, we basically switched license plates. So that’s why it was addressed to me.
I put the ticket back in the envelope in the stack of mail and left it for Jeff to see.
Jeff: Uh oh, someone got a ticket!
Jeff: Oh no… it’s me!
Perhaps the Red Light Cameras have taken pity on my boring-looking SUV and they only pay attention to fancy cars like Jeff’s.