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Polish, Buff, Shine

January 1, 2015

I bought a new car a few months ago. Well, technically it’s a 2012 but new to me, and oh boy, is it ever loaded with options. One of my favorite...well, there are two actually...possibly three. First, a backup camera; second, Bluetooth; but one of the most amazing things is the lights underneath. Love that amenity after dark. Anyway, I’m still trying to figure out all the bells and whistles. Honestly, I’m half expecting to press a button, thinking I turned on cruise control, and be ejected from the car while driving.

I can see the news story now...”It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a hysterical woman rescued from the top of a pine tree near Hickory after ejecting herself from her car while driving west on I-40.” Okay, so my imagination is on overdrive again but you should see the interior. It looks like the cockpit of a Boeing 747. Seriously! There are even buttons on the steering wheel. (Sigh, I’ve always wanted buttons on my steering wheel.)

In retrospect, I told the salesperson I really didn’t need THIS much car. Believe it or not, I can live without air conditioning but I love cruise control and I don’t mind having a CD player but I have a Bose system now, which doesn’t excite me as much as you gentlemen. However, I’ll admit, it’s pretty sweet to be driving down the road talking on the phone through the radio. Not to mention, I also only drive into the gas station to top off the tank about every other week or longer. (Definitely ranks as high on the scale as meeting your favorite celeb, winning the lottery, or Mayfield Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. Okay, maybe not winning the lottery...but close.)

Feeling ever so spoiled, trust me, I’m enjoying my new ride. In fact, it took me a while to get used to never having to use a key. Yep, push button start. But that’s just a perk; the best part is it won’t let you lock the keys in the car. Boy howdy, I needed that right after I got my driver’s license and kept locking myself out of the car, who knew the technology was just years (okay, decades) away.

Anyway, you’d never guess I shamelessly pimped my ride for Christmas. Durn diddlies, I got rain guards for the windows and sunroof then put mud flaps on and I’m considering a spoiler for the rear and a bra for the front. Yikes, can we say mid-life crisis. Guess all I need is a pool boy half my age named Carlos...which would be illegal since I’m forever 29. Okay, scratch that daydream...moving right along.

Saturday was so beautiful I decided to treat myself to a wax job. Uh...not car. Let’s face it, the car is two years old and had a few, very slight imperfections on the clear coat so I waxed the entire, lights, everything. Not a surfaced was untouched as I swirled one way, then switched hands and swirled the other way the entire time reciting in my head, and a few times out loud, the line from Karate Kid, “Wax on, was off.” Yes, even with the accent. (I know, right?)

Okay, aside from the fact that I may have sniffed too many markers when I was a child my car looks better than brand new! All the minor flaws are gone and the finish is mirror quality. Dickens, I love carnauba wax; simply a matter of applying, buffing it off with a soft terrycloth towel and smiling as my car got its shine on.

Which brings me to the point of my story...we all gathered small imperfections along the way in life and you know what this means for you. Therefore, I’m suggesting if you make a resolution or two add to your list to work on something personal about your character. Think of it as beginning this year with a fresh coat of wax and buffing away any negative qualities you’ve acquired. Then get your shine on. Remember, our personality is like a mirror sometimes we reflect back negative character traits like they were our own. Other times we shine so brightly, negativity just bounces off. Start this year shining!

Can you imagine...really having an ejector seat?

Smile, it’s a new year!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!



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