WHILE NAVIGATING TRAFFIC INTO TOWN I can make out the sound of Aretha Franklin's 'Rock Steady' blasting louder and clearer as I move along. Wondering who else has such fabulous taste in music, I look around searching for the source of this great audio entertainment. I spot a man's graying crew cut bopping rhythmically in the driver's seat of the shapely topless Pontiac sports car now right in front of me, I smile. Sweet, he's wearing dark sunglasses, a t-shirt and a big, confident grin, his entire body seems to be under the spell of Aretha's vocals.
The crew cut cutie pulls over and happens to park right in the same parking lot as I do. Craftily using my rear view mirror to sneak a closer peek at this intriguing creature, I notice that it's a woman, right around my age! Right on, sister, I'm thinking, how cool is that!
Which brings me to rethink what kind of car I'll be driving next. My pretty all wheel drive Lexus SUV has served me well but now that I've escaped the snows, it's definitely time for a change. Somehow I've developed a hankering for a swank, new sexy set of wheels... My phone screen saver is no longer a photo of Blue Eyes. Move over, well temporarily anyway, it's now a Lexus GS 350 F.
I just love seeing my girlfriend, Marley zip around in her black Porshe, it's just downright delicious! Guys go crazy for it. Who the hell needs trunk space anyway at this stage of the game. Get the big stuff delivered already.
Make no mistake, I'm no convertible convert thanks to the epidermal roast factor, but one of my favorite chick sports car sightings lately was the old doll I passed in town last week. She was cruising along in a convertible corvette, perfectly made up and manicured, looking confident as can be in her movie star shades. This gal was undoubtedly some former screen siren now well into her late 70's. Her ensemble perfectly matched the pristeen cream leather interior of her car. What a classy lady.
I have to admit I do miss tooling around in Consuela, our trusty pick up truck. I felt downright cocky driving that baby around, so much fun stepping down from the cab dressed to the nines. Seems I'm a sucker for shock effect.
On the other hand my friend, Kathy just confided in me yesterday that all she wanted in a car these days was a set 'o' wheels that got her from A to B without dumping her on the way. Okay, she did admit to rather loving the insta-conversations with men her former vintage Corvette presented her.
Had a taste of that myself when I recently rented a snappy new Mustang, even in my sweats guys were braving a conversation.
The cherry red caddie rental, not so much. Really, really nice ride though. But I digress.
You rock, Kathy.
My sister and i still joke about a man's car being an extension of his penis and in a way, it is. But cars aren't just chick magnets anymore they're guy magnets.
admittedly I am more drawn to a man who takes pride in his wheels, it's not a deal breaker but if a fella's trying to impress me with a rusty old beater... he'd better be exceptionally handsome and talented if you know what I mean.
So what do we Boomer Chicks really look for in a car, besides those elusive designer sunglasses that just slipped under the seat.
If you're an empty nester do you really need all that back seat room? Pfffft.
I fully admit to and own the fact that I'll pick a car for style, comfort and color scheme. Oh, and the service had better be stellar or I'm outta there. If I don't look and feel good in it, fuggedaboudit. The seat has to fit my back nicely, none of that cheap economy airline seat slump. I want good, adjustable lower back support.
What's one of my very favorite must-have features in a car? Funny you should ask...Ventilated leather seats, of course. Not just because iIfind the scent of leather absolutely intoxicating but because the seats themselves blow A/C or hot air, at your command. What more could a boomer Chick wish for when she's having a heinous hot flash but a blast of cold air on her buttocks.
I'm serious, try it, you'll never go back.
Ladies, I’m totally curious… If it was a no holds barred situation, what would you be driving and why? What features put a smile on your face?
Hop in, baby, let’s go.
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