Thursday, June 17, 2010

“It’s just a machine ...”

“Sal” has been in the States for eight years now, and became a citizen nearly a year ago. Back in the Philippines she owned a car, but the highways of Metro Manila are a bit more narrow than in the USA, so driving is a slightly riskier proposition. Between using a hired driver (a service quite common there), and her daughters monopolizing the wheel, she didn't get much of a chance to drive. So it was a dream of hers, ever since she landed here, to have the freedom of her own set of wheels, and her own choice to drive it.

Two weeks ago, she found the ride of her dreams; a 2010 limited edition jet-black Honda Accord 2-Door Coupe, fully loaded, including a sun roof, and heated leather seats. The deal was closed early this week. That's her with her new baby, holding the keys. (Go ahead, click on her. You know you want to!) Oh, sure, her work is three miles away, right on the bus route, and her idea of a long trip is the 25 miles to her brother's house. But a high-class gal like this deserves no less than the feel of genuine leather against her ...

Ronnie Milsap made a splash in 1984, with the Miami Vice-styled video for his hit that year, “She Loves My Car.” Shot in LA for the MTV market (back when that channel was actually about the music), it featured cameos by Herve Villechaize (the little guy from Fantasy Island), Britt Ekland and Morgan Fairchild. Please note the gorgeous 20-year-old brunette in the red dress, an unknown actress moonlighting her way through film school. That would be Mariska Hargitay, who stars as detective Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Meanwhile, closer to home, “I wish she loved me the way she loves ...”

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