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Ol' Bess Was A Bust

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Ol' Bess Was A Bust

Young and single, just got a job in a neighbour town, Thought I’d buy a flashy car so I could get around, My boyfriend at the time said that I should get a Camaro, It was new, orange and shiny, how could I be so narrow. I crowned her Bess and drove her home with pride, All my friends called, they wanted to go out for a ride. Summer was so much fun, what a splash I was making. Then gone, both summer and the boyfriend I was dating. Winter rolled in with tons of snow and patches of ice, Getting to work in my Camaro, was like rolling the dice. Ol’ Bess would skid to the left and swerve to the right, Wow, I held on to the steering wheel with all my might. So I resigned that Bess was not good in cold weather, Even with snow tires, she blew around like a feather. Then suddenly a new quirk started as I turned on the key, She spluttered, oh great, guess I won’t make the grand prix. Bess would start well at times then for no good reason, She’d stammer, then stop, reek of gas - in any season. Bess and I visited many auto repair shops by way of a tow, The carburetor was like a fountain, out of it the gas would flow. Apparently a carburetor is needed to make Bess purr, So I had it rebuilt, then replaced, oh the bills, what a blur, Then a starter motor and strut, remember Bess is brand new, After three years of aggravation, I traded her in, I was through! Guess a cool single girl may look good in a splashy sports car, But if your car doesn’t start or run, you won’t get too far. So I put on my sunglasses, look cool but feel like a real wart, As I drive to work in sleet and snow in my old Ford Escort. Written for Contest “Driving Me Crazy” Won 6th Place

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  1. Date: 9/8/2011 5:06:00 PM
    What a great memory and a finely told tale! Congrad's light & love

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 4:13:00 PM
    Congrats on your win in the great contest..Sara

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 5:22:00 PM
    Great writing. Slow and steady is the way to go. Congratulations.. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 12:39:00 PM
    hey Lee congrats on your win, think i bought it after you, ha ha ha ..David

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:56:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in this contest Lee. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:39:00 AM
    Congrats Lee on your big win with this cool write luv.. excellent as I read before..

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in the "Driving Me Crazy" poetry contest sponsored by Paula Swanson. CR

  1. Date: 8/29/2011 12:11:00 PM
    wow a wonderful story Lee and told with humor and fun lines.. good luck in the contest..luv.. a top notch piece and I had a Bess too but her name was Gypsy .. as I luv to roam in my wheels..oh..

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/29/2011 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It really happened but didn't seem so funny at the time... glad I can laugh now Do you still have Gypsy? Lee
  1. Date: 8/29/2011 9:55:00 AM
    I drove a Dodge pick-up. Then I got a new Mustang. I had the same problem in snow. Now I drive a four wheel drive Ford pick-up. Much more my speed. Tony

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/29/2011 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know, but you look good in the mustang right? okay the Ford pick up too. Thanks Lee
  1. Date: 8/29/2011 12:35:00 AM
    My first, an Austin Healy sports car, was cool. I was so glad, though, when I traded to a four door Ford sedan; same reasons. love your poem.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/29/2011 12:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks John. It sort like shoes now.... I used to wear heels now I wear flats, they are more practical. Take care Lee
  1. Date: 8/28/2011 11:52:00 PM
    hahaha this is great. Everyone else's cars are making mine not look so bad. Mine fell apart so quickly after I got her, I didn't have to struggle for long with her! I enjoyed this. I bet it does well in the contest.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/28/2011 11:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks. Don't you just hate cars! They are always breaking down. Take Lee