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Nostalgia – Ride in the Family Chevrolet

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is ‘Nostalgia‘.  Click on the title ‘Coca-Cola Nostalgia’ to see my choice.

This story came to mind when I first saw the challenge word.

I thought I’d add it here.

Enjoy …. 😎
Chevrolet Impala A side.web Do you see the back seat in this Chevy Impala?

Do you think this was my seat in the car?

No, it was not.

My older sister sat in that seat right behind my mother.

My younger sister sat in the middle.

My 2 year old brother sat on my mothers lap.

Yes, you read that correctly.

It was way, way before car seats for children were mandatory.

If there’d been an accident, his face would’ve been mashed potatoes. The dashboard on the old cars were as hard as a wall.

chevrolet-red-dashboard-webI was on the other side of the back seat right behind my father.

There was no air conditioning. The wide windows were rolled down the minute we got in the car.
For me, the Sunday after church outings were always ‘The ride from hell’.

My fathers was a chain smoker. He smoked the best ones from that era. You know ‘Camels’, the unfiltered cigarettes.

They were very short which meant he’d light another cigarette as soon he was finished inhaling the first one.

I had the pleasure of inhaling nicotine and carcinogen chemicals on every car ride.

As the wind blew into the car, along came the smoke and ashes right at me.

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The stench and ashes in my face were disgusting.

Have you ever tasted burnt ashes??
I did. It was repulsive.

I was always car sick.

There were many times he had to stop the car so I could vomit. It wasn’t pretty.

Everyone would mock me for my delicate system and for spoiling everyones enjoyment of their Sunday drive.

We lived in a Brownstone which meant no garage.

In the summer, the seats were always scorching hot. There wasn’t a summer day I didn’t burn my skinny legs on those seat.

Eventually, after a lot of complaining, my mother decided to take a towel and lay it on the seat for us just before we’d leave.

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When we’d arrive at our destination, whether a park, the beach or one of their friends homes,

I’d have to sit until the dizzy feeling would pass.

Seltzer was the beverage I had to drink to settle my stomach while the others drank cokes.

I think about the fact that I do have those Sunday drives as a memory.
But, I just wish it could have been more fun for me.

Incidentally, I’ve never smoked because of those experiences.
Something good did come out of those Sunday rides, after all.
2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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July – National Ice Cream Month

Ice Cream cones.webNational Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream month. Yes, it is.

Is your mouth starting to water?

The ice cream memories I have slid right into my mind when I read this in the newspaper this morning. All the money I earned from errands I had done for neighbors all week went to a Sunday ice cream treat.
It was always the same – vanilla, strawberries with thick syrup and whip cream with a cherry on top. Sometimes, if I had enough money I would get nuts too.
Later as a teen, it became popular to order butter pecan or eclair ice cream bars but I usually missed my vanilla flavor.

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Was there a Good Humor ice cream truck that visited your neighborhood every summer day?

I’m not too sure about the list below. I thought it would be fun to add it to the post. If you see yourself in one of the flavors than that’s your ice cream flavor.
The video I added is of a baby having ice cream for the first time. I’ll guess that most of us reacted to ice cream just like this baby. It’s quite funny.
Enjoy …..

Do you have a favorite ice cream flavor???
2014©written by Isadora

Baby … tasting ice cream for the 1st time … funny

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A ‘Baskin-Robbins’study reveals what your favorite ice cream says about you:


Vanilla: You’re more likely to be impulsive, easily suggestible and an idealist.

Chocolate: You’re more likely to be dramatic, lively, charming, flirtatious, seductive and gullible

Very Berry Strawberry: You’re more likely to be a tolerant, devoted and an introvert.

Mint Chocolate Chip: You’re more likely to be argumentative, frugal and cautious.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: You’re more likely to be ambitious, competitive and a visionary.

Pralines ‘n Cream: You’re more likely to be loving, supportive and prefer to avoid the spotlight.

Jamoca: You’re more likely to be scrupulous, conscientious and a moral perfectionist.

Chocolate Chip: You’re more likely to be generous, competent and a go getter.

Rainbow Sherbet: You’re more likely to be analytic, decisive and pessimistic.

Rocky Road: You’re more likely to be aggressive, engaging and a good listener.

According to writer Brooke Beytin from the Daily Meal, ice cream flavors say a great deal about us. Dr. Alan Hirsh, founder of Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and partner in the Baskin-Robbins study, explained, “We uncovered quite a few surprising finds when investigating what a person’s favorite ice cream flavor says about their personality,” according to the New York Daily News.