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Thursday, November 12, 2020 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven All The Cars I’ve Loved By Dorothy Rosby I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I talk to my car. I praise it when it makes it up my steep, slippery hill in the winter. And I pat it on the dashboard and apologize if I grind the gears or let the gas tank get close to empty. Just my car, though. I don’t talk to other people’s cars. I’m not unhinged, you know. Or maybe I am. I have a tendency to develop what some would consider an unhealthy attachment to vehicles. I see them as friends, cherished companions on life’s highway. I’ve been so tight with the cars I’ve owned that I wanted to stay in touch after we parted. I didn’t, though. The new owners might not have understood if I stopped by to take their car for a drive. I’ve been this way since I bought my first car, a green Plymouth Scamp with a cream-colored vinyl roof. It wasn’t exactly a dream car for a 21-year-old, but it had a charming personality and we bonded quickly. If you don’t think cars can be charming, maybe you’re not talking with yours enough. I named my Scamp Elroy Scampini because it seemed odd to carry on a conversation with someone who didn’t have a name. He was followed by Stanley, Goldie, Forest, Sky, and, most recently, a Subaru Crosstrek named Soobee. They all had many fine qualities, not the least of which was that they were paid off before we said adieu. And while I’m enjoying making a new friend in the form of another Subaru Crosstrek, I can’t help mourning Soobee. I would have kept them both, but we don’t have enough garage space and I wouldn’t want them arguing over it. One of the men at the dealership assured me that plenty of people get emotionally attached to their vehicles. He’s actually seen people cry when they hand over their old car’s keys — and not just because they’d have to start making a car payment. I understand. We make memories with our cars. They’re with us day in and day out, ready to go whenever we are, just like the family dog. And they won’t bite the UPS guy. ‘ My husband and I have driven to many wonderful places in Soobee. Let me rephrase that. My husband has driven to many wonderful places in Soobee. I’ve napped. And that’s one of the things I look for in a new car: how comfortable it is to nap in. In fact, while my husband was test driving, I was test napping. I’m kidding. I couldn’t sleep. I was too excited about getting a new car — and too sad about abandoning the old one. It still haunts me the way Soobee sat there, all alone, looking confused and hurt as we drove away in the new car. She was probably feeling what a middle-aged wife feels when her husband leaves her for a 30-year-old beauty queen. And my new car is a beauty queen. Not that Soobee wasn’t lovely. She had a five-speed manual transmission and was white, or more precisely, “pearl”. But the new car is a six speed and is “ice silver metallic”, so she won’t show the dirt as badly. Plus, she’s got all sorts of fancy features including a digital compass on the rearview mirror, which anyone giving me directions will appreciate, and a backup camera, which anyone parking behind me will appreciate. I didn’t mention any of these things to Soobee when I said goodbye. I’m not a monster. And I named the new car Soobee-Deux in her honor. Deux means two in French. If you’re French, you’d say “du”. I’m not, so when I say her name, it rhymes with Scooby-Doo. Soobee-Deaux is pretty hard to rhyme, so that will come in handy if I ever write a poem about her. And considering our budding friendship, I might. Dorothy Rosby is the author of the humor book I Didn’t You Could Make Birthday Cake from* Scratch: Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest. Contact drosby@rushmore.com. The Holidays Are Almost Here! It’s time to start thinking about hiring seasonal help for your business. Utilize our classifieds section — it’s a very economical way to advertise for seasonal employees. ELSale For Sale: 65 Acre farm, 40 tillable, creek, 10 acre timber, on Highway 92, miles east of Martensdale. Sign between 5356 and 5494 Highway 92, south side of road. Call Larry, 515-681-6310, Black Services Grounds Around Town Mobile Coffee 6:00 — 11:00 am Monday- Friday, 7:00 am 12:00 pm Saturday. Located in the Ace Hardware parking lot Monday-Wednesday, New Life Lutheran Church GoIdReaIty. parking lot Thursday- Saturday. Iowa Shatters General Election Turnout Record Iowans broke the all-time turnout record for a general election. According to Secretary of State Paul Pate, more than 1,697,000 Iowans voted, easily surpassing tie previous state record of 1,589,951 set in 2012. More than one million Iowans voted absentee, another new record. As of November 4th, 1,001,840 absentee ballots were received by county auditors. Absentee ballots postmarked by November 2nd and received by noon on November 9th will be counted. All results remain unofficial until canvassing is completed and the results are certified on November 30th. Seventy-six percent of all registered voters in Iowa participated, one of the highest turnout rates in the nation. On November 2nd, Iowans set a record for active registered voters. The new all-time high as of November 2nd was 2,095,581. Every county will now conduct post-election audits in randomly selected precincts to help ensure the integrity of the vote. You can view the unofficial results for every county by visiting httpszll electionresults.iowa.gov/IA/ 10627 9/web.264614/#/ summary. i N Warren i ' Town and County: News SUBSCRIPTION FORM For Residents of Warren & Polk Counties One Year .................................................. ..$20.00 Senior Ciaizens (65 years or older) ................................... ..$17.00 Residents Outside of Warren & Polk Counties add ................................. ..$6.00 _ Cancel I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I Mail or drop off to: : N/Warren Town and County News I 1122 Main Street, Suite 1 RC. Box 325 I Norwalk, IA 50211 : .I THE CLASSIFIEDS Classified advertising is 25 cents a word with a $3.50 minimum and MUST be paid in advance of publication. Thank you ads of 30 words or less are $3.50 (plus 10 cents per additional word.) Bring ads to the office with payment, or drop ads and payment in our door slot after hours. 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