Ambition…what do you drive, what drives you? I know there’s a joke in there somewhere, I just can’t quite sort it out. I have this crazy ambition to one day make an art car out of a 1973 Caprice convertible that’s sitting in the back of our studio warehouse, so I drew it and used Photoshop and CorelDraw to cover it with flowered fabric.

How did it get there? That’s a weird story — someone accidently stole our crane and the Caprice got left behind as a trade, I’m not sure how it all happened. Anyway, it’s big like a boat and rides like one too, and is a perfect candidate to become an art car.

However much I would like to always drive around in a vintage car, I wouldn’t have the patience for it. I get really mad when my car won’t start, and you can’t depend on old cars. In high school I drove a 1965 Thunderbird named Bernice, and although I loved that car, it was very unreliable.

Actually I’m embarressed to admit what I drive right now is a big red Ford F150 pickup, something I thought I needed to haul all my loot when I was going to a lot of auctions. It does come in handy for gardening and remodeling jobs, and it does seem to make guys want to talk to me in parking lots, although usually not the right sort of guys. But it’s a nasty gas hog, and I’m getting tired of trying to park it.

I probably have cars on my mind this weekend, because this was hanging around at the corner on my way to the studio on Friday.

The first weekend in May is a special time of year — it’s when Monster Trucks come to town. I don’t know why I like Monster Trucks so much, but just thinking about them makes me happy. Maybe it’s the in-your-faceness and over-the-topness, combined with the ridiculous wacky appearance of these trucks. Nice and bouncy, don’t you think?

I’ve never actually forked over the fifteen bucks to go to the fairgrounds and see them stomp each other into the ground. I prefer to enjoy the event in my imagination. It’s probably better that way.

And now that I’ve gone over the full range of possible rides, from big to bigger to monsterous, I’ll admit that my real secret ambition is to drive… a Mini. They’re just so darn cute!

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