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If you had the choice . . .

between a Chrysler Sebrise and Ford Mustang at the rental counter (for the same price, mind you) which would you choose?  Yeah, I thought so. Man, did this ride rock.  Realize, I spend most of my days behind the wheel of a minivan, with one kid with a penchant for car sickness.  I don’t care what Febreeze or the guy at the detail shop says, there are just some odors that you can’t get out of a car. So it was an extra treat that this rockin set of wheels even smelled new.  I was completely channeling my 70s vibe, the golden age when a hot Mustang was the car of choice.

And yes, I do believe that it can go upwards to 90 miles, not that I would have tested such a thing because that would have been wrong.  Very wrong.  At least it was until until the police lights came on behind me.  I thought I was going to have a heart attack.  And of course, Teresa Medeiros, who was riding shotgun, says very cooly, “Well, it isn’t like we have a body in the trunk.” Leave it to another writer to get the best line in.  So I slow down, and wait for the officer to pull in behind me and really ruin my day.  Because I wasn’t speeding.  Not at all.  But then he drove right by us because he was escorting a pick up truck pulling a bass boat.  We nearly died laughing then, because we couldn’t fathom the sort of bass emergency that required police escort.  (Of course later that day we discovered that the very officer and boat we saw were going out to drag a lake to find a missing woman–which sort of makes my dilemma look rather ridiculous.)

But onward from the rockin’ car and our near encounter with the police.  I can tell you that while we were testing how well a 2008 Mustang could corner and do donuts, (which came in very handy, ’cause Teresa turned out to be rather hopeless at navigating Knoxville–I finally learned to just go the opposite direction of where ever she pointed, unless it looked like a good place to spin a U)  Teresa and I managed to sign copious copies of our books at the Books A Million in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, and both Borders and the one Barnes & Noble in Knoxville.  So if you live in the area and want a signed copy, descend upon them and snatch them up while they are still available.  Go in and say “hi” to Tammy at the Oak Ridge store.  I thought we were going to be adopted and held in the store, she was so darn friendly.  In fact, the people of Knoxville on a whole were some of the friendliest and nicest people I’ve met in ages.

And here was the cool part of the weekend, the Food City Food Show at the convention center. We even met someone very famous, someone you wouldn’t have believed—yes, you are seeing who you think that is.  That international man of infamy, The Rug Doctor.  And yes, you are reading his nickname correctly.  And honestly, you never forgot the moment you first meet “Steamy.” Oh, yeah, he fit right in at our booth.

So what else was there at Food City Food Show, you might ask. There was, well, food everywhere.  You name it and it was there.  Teresa and I signed book after book after book.  It was too much fun.  And then when we weren’t signing we checked out the booths and compared notes on where the good samples were. They were even making cakes with pictures on them–and here is the one they did for Teresa with her cover on it.  I’d show you mine, but it met with an accident . . . believe it or not it got hit by a fork clocked at doing 90. . . And no, the police weren’t involved.

22 comments to “If you had the choice . . .”

  1. therese
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:09 am · Link

    Every woman needs a sports car experience and all authors should eat cake decorated with their book covers.
    So how was the driving after the sugar rush – Steamy?

  2. Jamie
    September 30th, 2008 at 4:11 pm · Link

    I had a 1985 Mustang. They didn’t look cool back then, but it was great having that car. I had people honk and wave at me because they liked my car. Very ego boosting. I only had one problem with it. Winter snow with a Mustang is like being on an amusement ride – a scary amusement ride – no traction.

    It looks like you and Teresa had a GREAT time. Makes me wish I was with you. Oh and the cops in this area do that too – not getting people out of the river – they put on their lights and make it look like they are going to pull you over and then zoom past you. I swear most of them just want you out of their way.

    So when are you two coming to the Philadelphia area?

  3. victoria
    September 30th, 2008 at 7:27 pm · Link

    I did the same thing–a choice between a Ford Focus or Mustang. My sister urged me to choose the Mustang. I felt a little silly. But I learned to love that gus-gustling car the week I had it. I’ve priced new ones for when I win the lottery. The engine actually growls–I had fun with it.


  4. Shannon McKelden
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:02 pm · Link

    My first THREE cars were Mustangs! An 1976 (in 1983), a 1979 (after a sad, sad accident with my beloved first car), and then a brand new 1984. I never thought I’d have anything else but Mustangs. Then I had kids and along came the minivans. Sigh.


  5. Teresa Medeiros
    October 1st, 2008 at 3:03 pm · Link

    Have no fear, Elizabeth! My cake met with an unsightly accident as well…as soon as I got back to my hotel room and found a fork. It’s so wrong to give a woman staying by herself in a hotel room AN ENTIRE CAKE!!!

  6. Haven Rich
    October 3rd, 2008 at 6:39 am · Link

    Great, just great. Now I want cake. And I don’t have a Mustang or any other moving car to take me to get cake. Granted there is a parked ’73 Cougar in the garage but it’s a “no touchie”.

    Would now be a good time to mention that my dream car is a Solstice? Also, should I include that I’ve been aching for a month to go somewhere. Anywhere! I need a vacation…BADLY.

    It looks like you two had a blast!

  7. John Daley
    March 11th, 2009 at 6:33 am · Link

    Hmm, sounds like a much better ride than that beat-up old blue VW bug you used to drive… 😉

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    my dream car is the Ford GT. that car is truly a muscle car with lots of horsepower’`,

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