Driving and Biking in the Big City

Sailing the concrete ocean

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Elf Vinny

Christmas is one of those holidays where I always walk the fine line between appropriate and inappropriate behavior and decorations. Clever on the verge of crass. “Ahhh” bordering on “ohhh.” “Ha ha ha” crossing the line into OMG.

You may not be surprised to learn that I’m one of “those drivers” who likes to decorate my vehicle with reindeer antlers, elf ears, candy canes or some other festive holiday offering as a celebration of the season.  I joined in this craze as soon as the idea was on the road, and I seek every year to find the newest and latest in possible Vinny-wear for the season.

As a matter of fact, I’ve always felt like Vinny should be more elaborately adorned on a daily basis. I’d love for him to sport lightning bolts on his car doors or some elaborate figurehead on his hood. This would not be the usual hood ornament that you see on a Jaguar or Mercedes. Nor would it be an old-fashioned ornament like in bygone days of classic American cars. I’m thinking something more like the mermaid on a front of a ship. I would love to have some beautiful carving of a mythical creature as the eyes and spirit of Vinny sailing through oceans of traffic.

Of course, all these ideas seem to cross into the “inappropriate” column in the eyes of other family members. Thus, I look forward every year to the season when I can decorate Vinny and fit in with some other like-minded travelers.

We decorated travelers are a team. We are simpatico; like minds along the holiday roads. We honk and wave at each other. We laugh and point. We let each other into traffic during the holiday rush; we yield to each other on major highways.  We are united; we are the world.

After I lost one of my reindeer antlers this year, I switched to elf ears with an elf hat as Vinny’s nose. However, I was empathetic enough to keep my extra antler in my car for a couple of weeks and astute enough to be on the lookout for other single-antlered vehicles. It was not long before I spotted a sad one-eared vehicle behind me at a redlight and jumped out to deliver an extra ear to the driver. The look on her face was priceless and festive. Of course, it was after I’d risked my life in Houston traffic that I noticed she had elf ears instead of reindeer antlers. So, I’ve been on the lookout for other mismatched cohorts. ‘Tis the season.


Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

December 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

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  1. You are a wild woman, and I love you.


    December 25, 2012 at 5:07 am

    • Hey sweetie. I miss you on Facebook. Love you and Merry Christmas. I love my little diary for around my neck. So cool.

      Sent from my iPad


      December 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

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