Thursday, January 19, 2012

More Fishducky Funnies

OK, so I published this one by mistake. It wasn't quite done yet. There was a picture of the VW bus, but it was so small, I was going to ask Fran to send it as an .jpg attachment in email. Oh, well. Here is one of Fishducky's funny stories that I thought would be a nice antidote after yesterday's post.

But first: Thank you for your concerned comments regarding that post. I have to assure you that I have never been afraid here, now I am concerned. I just want to know what's going on, so more a concern about the unknown. And, of course, I do listen to my dogs. Angel and Bandit saved me from an intruder who jumped our seven-foot fence in Los Angeles at a time I didn't have a lock on my back door. I said to the guy from my bathroom window, "if you don't leave, I'll let my four dogs loose on you," (I only had two, but they sounded like four) and I never saw someone climb back over a tall fence that fast. I do have some dog stories to tell, but now I should give the word to my friend Fishducky:

I love to drive! My first Mustang, which I think was a ’69, was the first car I had which my husband hadn’t driven for years prior to my driving it. It was also the first car I had which (deliberately) could not hold a troop of Boy or Girl Scouts. The government had a ban on manufacturing convertibles at that time because of safety concerns. There were, however, no laws about making your own convertibles. We had the car decapitated & a convertible top put on! Once I was driving about 4:00am on a virtually deserted freeway when I glanced at my speedometer. I was going 105! I reluctantly slowed down.

Here's a picture of our 1970 Mustang. We got it from my friend Lin, who once raced Steve McQueen down a Hollywood street in this very car. And lived to tell the tale. I can attest to the fun of driving these old Mustangs with their powerful engines. Fishducky: Hope this makes up for my clicking Publish too soon. Can you, BTW cancel a post if you post it by mistake? I have no time now to find out -- I'm off to town again!

My husband, Bud, drives slightly differently. I have accused him of being a graduate of the HELEN KELLER SCHOOL OF DRIVING. He is apparently more comfortable driving by Braille, because he is constantly on the Bott’s dots (the little reflective markers used to separate lanes) so he can feel his way along the road. He used to travel. When he was out of town, I would sometimes drive over the dots so I could pretend he was still home.
I could never understand why men doubt women’s ability to drive. Once, when I was backing out of a parking space at Sears, a very SIMPLE thing to do, I noticed a man standing behind me, directing me & waving me on. He said, “Plenty of room, lady!” I wanted to kill him! If I had, I’m sure a jury (of women) would have found sufficient cause to set me free.
Another example: I drove through a very narrow, twisty entryway into a crowded parking lot. The attendant told me they were full. I asked him if there was someplace I could turn around & he told me there wasn’t—I would have to back out the way I came in. I told him OK & put the car in reverse. He started to give me a lesson on how to back my car out. I leaned out the window & said, “No problem—I used to drive race cars for a living!” A total lie, but who cares?
Around 1975 we bought a condo on Maui. A client of Bud’s gave us an old VW bus & had it shipped over. My kids & I brush painted it Yellow Cab yellow & covered it with cartoon drawings. (How often do kids get to paint pictures on a car WITH the owner’s permission?) On the front it said, “Holo holo duck” (wandering around duck) & had my fishducky picture on it. I was taking the kids from Kaanapali to Lahaina one day & stopped at a hotel to pick up a friend. A lady approached & asked if this bus goes
to Lahaina. I told her it did. She asked the cost & I told her it was a free shuttle. I drove her to Lahaina. She may still be there waiting for a ride back. If you see her, tell her we went out of business.


  1. Kara Inger--There is nothing to forgive you for--but I admit yesterday's post scsred me a little! Thank you, my friend, for posting this.

  2. Delightful post. I'll have to remember the Helen Keller School of Driving:))
    More fishducky anytime.

  3. I'm laughing out loud at fishducky. I wonder how she drives when her toes are broken. As for you, Inger, how does someone jump a seven foot fence? I would like to see that. The guy must have won an Olympic gold medal in high jump. Shame he decided to become a creep after winning a medal. My fence is about seven feet. My smooth collie - malinoix mix can jump straight up so his head can be seen at the top, but he doesn't even attempt to jump over the fence. I guess we'll have to forget about him competing in the Olympics. Oh, and I always dreamed one of my children would win an Olympic medal.

    Janie Junebug

  4. I so needed this post.

    I hope that you are safe and sound.
    Please check the doors. Today we saw the young lady who shot an intruder to save her baby. She was on Dr.Phil's show. That sounded so scary. The poor girl. It is sad that sometimes we do have to protect ourselves from humans. At such times, I praise the Lord for giving us pets.

  5. I guess I should have said the guy climbed & jumped in combination and there was a tree there for him to hang on to as well. And it took the Los Angeles police over half and hour to get there. So, you are right, thank God for our pets. Anytime, fishducky, I love your stories.

  6. Scary about the intruder, but the VW bus story made me laugh.

  7. Oh these are so funny. I like to drive too and bought a 1957 Chevy in 1960 and my boy friend at the time didn't have a car so we used mine, he was in the USAF and 50 years later is still around here lol..

  8. I like your Steve McQueen trivia regarding your car -- very cool:)

  9. i love the pictures of your dog and that intruder story gave me such a chuckle...sorry.
    I also have a problem keeping my foot off the accelerator but I have a huge problem when someone else doesn't.
    How to cancel a published post. If you want to post it at another time then go back to the page where your post creating section and open that post on edit. Click control A to select the whole post and then click on the New Post icon to get a fresh page. Paste your post. You can now save this one as draft. go back to your post list and delete the last published one.
    I'm leaving my email address in case you'd like me to chat you through it.

  10. Hi Inger... I'm just now reading your last post. Wow! I hope and pray all is well.
    This is funny! It's always good to keep your sense of humor, and most especially when things get a little worrisome. Thanks for the laugh.

  11. Dear Inger,
    Please take care and keep the dogs close. And Fishducky, thanks for explaining the Helen Keller School of Driving! What a use of braille!


  12. Really enjoyed this post. Chuckled at the men giving women driving advice.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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