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New Cars, Tai Chi, and other Odds and Ends

Well, I did it. I went yesterday and ordered my new car. I will be getting it on Tuesday. I really don’t know what to think. I was so attached to my old Honda. But I know it’s just a matter of time before it dies and takes me down with it. Plus I really want a cup holder. I don’t know why I have this strange obsession with cup holders but I do. My father was like, “you’re buying a new car because you want a cup holder?” and I responded with, “well, the new car will also have air bags” which seemed to make him really chuckle. My old Honda has really been through a lot with me. My sister says I should drive it through the car wash to “thank it for all it’s done.” I’m starting to think she’s right. I don’t know why but, I suppose, after 14 years, I’m sort of attached to the old klunker. I imagine I’ll get over it when I hop into the shiny, new, zippy “driving machine” and whirl off into the sunset, actually being able to do something over the legal limit in Texas. I never had to worry about speeding tickets before, since my old klunker just could not go that fast. My new car will also have a CD player, I believe. I don’t know which CD I will listen to first (ok, I do. It’ll be EC all the way. Probably “River of Tears” because, well, a little blues music goes a long way on an old, open country road in Texas.)

I also did Tai Chi this weekend, for the first time. It’s a bit like Tae Kwan Do only a lot slower. I liked it as an “extra” exercise…one that I can do Saturday morning to kind of “get me going” and get in a little extra workout on the weekends. I will probably stick to my current regimen of working out 3-4 times per week, while just adding the Tai Chi on Saturday mornings. I really liked the instructor and, since I’m a klutz and it’s hard to find somebody who can teach me how to move gracefully without knocking things over, I will continue to go to the classes. Maybe one day I will learn how to place things, big klunky things like my feet, without knocking things over. If nothing else, doing something you are not good at gives you a new appreciation for what you can do. That and, I think Tai Chi is really good for one’s circulation. At least my feet felt a lot warmer after I did the maneuvers. So, I will continue to do this in the hopes that I may one day too be graceful as the swan (since I cannot be fearsome as the dragon.)

My friend Ken, it seems, really enjoyed the evening at Trudy’s and bowling. We had a blast. I’m glad everybody came and we had a good time. I think I will very much enjoy the reunion when we finally have it. I really do miss the folks at Ci2i and hope that we can work together again someday when (if?) the economy ever recovers.

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in “Carol’s Little World” signing off.


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