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By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, May 27, 2011

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A teenage boy looks forward to hanging out with friends and showing off their cars.

I am ready.  

Ready to go out for the evening and hang out wifh friends.  I have my car, a purple PT Cruiser, all souped up and ready for the showing.  Think I've done a pretty good job in making it according to my specifications.  Fancy rims on the tires.  A sound system to die for.  Low bucket seats with plenty of leg room.  Tinted windows.  A leopard steering wheel cover.  Yeah, baby, my machine is fit for a king!

I have been driving for two years, since I was fourteen.  My older brother Jaime taught me.  Now that I am sixteen, I think I am a pretty good driver: tht is, I watch all my p's and q's while on the road: no texting or talking on my cell; gotta keep my eyes and mind focused on the road at all times.

Besides, if I wrecked the Grape Ape (what I named my car), my mami and papi would probably disown me.  They were the ones who gave me the car last year for my birthday.  Great present, huh?  (My birthday is on July 4; I'll be 17 this year.)  I take great pride in my baby: I keep her gassed up, oiled, and check all her fluids, to make sure she is purring like a kitten, and I pay the insurance every month.  

To pay for the car, I work two jobs.  Work during the week at the movie house in the evenings (from 3 to 9); then on the weekends, I work at Pizza Hut, where I help cook the pizzas.  Am off today; that is why I am going to go cruisin' with my friends.  

As you can tell, I love tinkering with my car.  It's what brings me the greatest joy (that and working).  I have to take care of my car, but I also have to take care of my familia.  My papi is disabled; he cannot work again, and mami, she stays home and takes care of him.  My oldest sister takes care of the little rugrats while I am off work; then on my days off, I watch the rugrats for her (excepting for tonight: Whitney knows I have been planning this getaway for weeks).

When I grow up, you can probably figure out what I wanna do in life.  Yep.  You guessed right: I wanna go to school and become an auto mechanic.  Anything to do with cars would make me happy!  :)  Or maybe I'd like to refurbish old cars and make them purr again or look better than ever.  Yeah, that would be the life I'd love to have!

Well, I gotta go: Slim just called; he's ready to come over; then when he comes, he and I will be out on the prowl, looking for pretty girls and showing off the Grape Ape!  :)  Take care and talk to you soon! :) 

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/28/2011
Eileen had a purple PT and loved it. She crashed it though I didn't disown her. Patrick
Reviewed by J Howard 5/28/2011
Grape Ape, really caught me attention. Fun story.
thanks for sharing,
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/28/2011
Nice tale, Karen. Fancy rims on the tires, huh? I'd love to see how that's done. ;-) - I do believe it's the tires that go on the rims.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/27/2011
Another awesome write, thank you for sharing!!! I can just picture the "Grape Ape"
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 5/27/2011
You've created another really realistic and likable character. He seems to be a kid that thinks he knows where he's going in life. I wish him well.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/27/2011
Awesome story, Karen. Young men tinkering with cars usually stay out of trouble. :) Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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