Keep on truckin’

I know, gauging by the photo, you’d think you had stumbled upon the homepage for Rednecks Gone Wild, but this black beauty is Bessie, Blue Eyed Yonder’s new truck. For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you’ve met Bessie and have seen what a whopper she is!

I never thought I’d see the day where I would trade my beloved RDX for a huge truck, but having a business is like having a baby – there comes a point when you’re willing to make sacrifices in order to see it prosper. Nevertheless, it didn’t make saying goodbye to my “bug-mobile” (as we affectionately called her) any easier. I cried. No, I sobbed. I never thought it would be that hard. It’s funny how you can get so attached, almost like they’re a part of the family. So many good memories, so many fun times.

Leaving her there in the lot at the dealership was awful. I think I’ve watched (cried through) The Brave Little Toaster one too many times. I imagined her headlights as eyes and kept seeing her “look” at me as we drove away. I later realized that I had forgotten my cd’s in the disc changer and had to go back to get them. There she was, just sitting in the fenced-in area with the other used cars. As I pulled in, I just imagined her perking up and telling the other cars, “See! She didn’t leave me. I knew you guys were wrong!”

Why do I torture myself like that? I’m a nut for sure, but a very sentimental nut, mind you. I’ve been driving Bessie for a week now and I’m really warming up to her. She’s a lot of fun and I love seeing grown men get a little startled when a when a woman jumps out of the driver’s seat. I’m still getting used to her size – I feel like I’m driving a tank!

I know I’ve written a book here, but wanted to end with a funny story about me and ol’ Bess…

It’s a little awkward meeting up with colleagues or clients in this big truck. They all drive sporty BMW’s or fun SUV’s and sometimes I feel like this big ol’ truck doesn’t really fit my personality – or any in-town parking spaces for that matter! Today I was meeting with the lovely Melissa Bloomfield of Pretty Swell Parties at a darling little restaurant downtown. During lunch we see a policeman walk into the restaurant going to table to table. Finally, he bellows out the the entire restaurant, “Does anyone in here drive that big, black truck outside?”

I could have died. No, literally… died. I slowly raised my hand, as everyone in the restaurant turned to look, and said, “Yessir, I drive that truck.”

I was at first afraid someone had hit it, why else would a cop have come inside a restaurant to track down an owner. “Ma’am, your truck’s so big, it’s blocking the road.” Ha! Good lord.

I had to run out of the restaurant and move it from street parking to another lot. That’s the difficulty with big trucks, parking is a nightmare. So if you’re in Atlanta and see big ol’ Bessie hogging up a spot. Toot your horn and give a way, most likely Mrs. BEY’s behind the wheel!

Posted 2/6/13, Topic: Blog

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