Article: Roving Reporter: Funniest Thing That Happened : The 1956 Ford and the Sombreros

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By Nancy Polanski on July 18, 2011

Today I have no Spotlight interview, so it's time for another Roving Reporter article. I approached a number of you with the question...”What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you? Or the funniest thing you ever saw, or did?” I hope these answers will make you smile.

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ImageAguane
Jul 26, 2011 2:38 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
We were seniors in a girl's prep school near San Francisco. My best friend and I planned on a weekend of study to prepare for finals. I think it must have been a beautiful early May day in 1965. We decided to get some sun while we studying. She lived in a house that had a flat roof so we decided to study on the "Sun Porch". We striped to our underwear, put on the cocoa butter, and hit the books. About 2 hrs passed and we thought we'd take a break. Another friend about 5 miles away was studying too. We gave her a call to see if she wanted to take a break with us-- we'd drive up the hill to visit for a short while. She said "sure! I'm ready. Come on up and mom will make us some lunch".

Our rationale went like this: we decided we'd be just a short while; friend up the hill was an only child with single mom (no males); it was a short drive; we'd be right back to hit the books on the roof and continue studying ... result: we didn't get dressed. We went to the garage and grabbed the two huge sombreros hanging from hooks. These very colorful sombreros were at least 2 1/2 feet in diameter. Jumped in her powder blue and white 1956 Ford convertible, turned up, no, we blasted out the neighborhood, with the tunes on the radio.

We began the ascent up the hill, past the graveyard (no one noticed us). Bra and undies and sombreros flapping in the wind. I remember slapping our knees together in time with the music. We were "low-riding" so no one could see our underwear. We approached the final turn, a U-turn. There was a median in the road planted with ice plant. My friend, horrible driver, decided to make a very wide turn to the right driving onto the ice plant. We got stuck, wheels spinning, kicking up the ice plant-- underwear, sombreros, radio, 17 yrs old, and crazy to boot.

We needed help. We noticed a big utility truck across the street in the Shell gas station parking lot. There were two men washing down the phone booth. Turned down the radio and hollered to them (of course, we couldn't get out of the car). They noticed our shouts and walked to the car. By this time we had the sombreros strategically placed. They could see why we needed help.

They towed us out of the ice plant and we motored on up the hill, the last leg of our nightmare. If course, by the time we reached our friend's house we were giddy with hilarious laughter, crying and hungry.

We decided to borrow her clothing and drive home dressed.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageZanymuse
Jul 26, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing It was, after all, the 60's in San Francisco Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageAguane
Jul 26, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Hey! We were lucky we were wearing bras and they weren't on fire! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Imageweeds
Jul 26, 2011 3:21 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Good thing we didn't know each other then Susie!!!!!!
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ImageSharon
Jul 26, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I sweah, I sweah.
Us Southen gals wouldn't be caught de-ad doin' somthin' like that.

'Less you count the time we skinny dipped at midnight in the locked down city pool.
Imageweeds
Jul 26, 2011 4:31 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Or in the pond (even had a fountain) on the lawn of the President of Auburn University. Don't remember what time it was! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Imageweeds
Jul 26, 2011 4:33 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Or in the pond (even had a fountain) on the lawn of the President of Auburn University. Don't remember what time it was! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Oh wait, they aren't called Presidents are they? Even more Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageSharon
Jul 26, 2011 4:39 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
What??? They aren't called presidents?

What are they called??
Imageweeds
Jul 26, 2011 4:40 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Maybe they are or something like Chancellor?
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Imagenap
Jul 26, 2011 4:59 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
You guys!!

Susie! Does your mother know what you did?!?!??? Surely the friend's mom knew. And thank goodness that was before cell phones, when every Tom, Dick and Harry has a camera!!

What a riot! Thanks for the laugh!
ImageAguane
Jul 26, 2011 5:10 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Funny ladies!

Funny thing is the mother of my study friend (still alive at 94) was a very well known 8th grade teacher. The friend up the hill's mom was a school nurse. VERY low key and not easily rattled. Raising her daughter was a handful.. she didn't need to take on me and study friend. (I hesitate to use names to protect the innocent... hmmmmm no one here is innocent!)

weeds... you Wild Woman!
Sharon... you Wild Woman!
nap... you're right... no camera's -- aw, for the good old days! Aw for my good old collagen! What happened?
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
~ All Things Plants, SOUTHWEST GARDENING ~Cubits.org ENERGY & POWER
Imageweeds
Jul 26, 2011 5:21 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Hey! We have great memories! Uh, sometimes.
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Visit Carpe diem and seize the day!
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Imagedahlianut
Jul 27, 2011 2:01 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Rolling on the floor laughing How wonderous Aguane! I bet you remember the song you were singing when you got stuck Ears perked up!

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