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My Day as the Chauffeur

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Peggy Cole is a published author who enjoys writing short stories, book reviews and articles about simpler times.

Driving around in a Cadillac is not a bad job.

Driving around in a Cadillac is not a bad job.

The year I decided to move to Dallas was a year filled with change. My fourteen year-old car packed with most of my worldly possessions, I bid goodbye to the ones I would miss the most; my step-son and my dog. It seemed the only way to leave behind a rocky marriage that was doomed from the beginning. Sometimes, you just have to get away.

My battered Malibu made the twelve-hundred mile trip, fortunately. There were the usual stops at rest areas on the interstate to let the engine cool down. The fact that it started up again was good news. There was no money set aside for car repair or, for that matter, much of anything else.

I wasn't sure I'd be staying in Texas forever. Who could know that sort of thing? I signed up with a few temporary agencies hoping for a work assignment. Each morning I set the alarm, got up, showered and got ready for work hoping that would happen.

During the weeks that followed I traveled to a variety of offices across the city of Dallas. That experience gave me a good idea of where I wanted to work and where I didn't. You can tell a lot about a company in just a few days.

Downtown Dallas

Downtown Dallas

This particular assignment was in a luxury suite of a high rise building with offices that took up the entire third floor of the building. A collection of designer couches, antique tapestries and original oil paintings paired with sculptures cluttering the tables in the enormous room that overlooked the freeway. An original Remington bronze figurine of a soldier on a horse rested on the leather covered desktop of the President of the company.

The secretary that worked at the office before me left in a rush. Her reasons became clear once I found out she'd embezzled thousands of dollars from the company. That explained the President's intense scrutiny when I first started the assignment.

IBM Selectric Typewriter

IBM Selectric Typewriter

The latest IBM Selectric typewriter rested on the secretarial desk that soon became my daytime home. They even had a Xerox copier right behind the reception desk, at that time, an expensive luxury not many businesses could afford.

The refrigerator in the break room was stocked with sodas for guests and a deluxe coffee maker next to the sink. I would be serving the variety of executives that met with my boss. Carting in cases of soda and shopping after hours to replenish the supplies wasn't an issue. I had nothing better to do than spend other people's money.

For the most part, the principles came in around ten each morning and after making a few phone calls, I made reservations for them at their favorite restaurant. Most of the family members left early in the afternoon leaving much of the day to myself.

With quiet time on my hands, I found a way to fill the hours by overhauling the filing system. Afterward, the dusty files were organized into alphabetical, color-coded folders. Typing out business invoices, reviewing bills, writing payroll checks and administrative duties filled my days. It wasn't long before they asked if I was looking for a real job.

Over time, my duties gradually evolved. In addition to being the president's secretary, supporting her two sons, their wives and several others who worked out of the office. A few weeks into the job, I began to get invitations to join the family for lunch, which was a real treat, since money was scarce.

Apartments in Dallas were more expensive than I could comfortably afford which made the free lunch a boon to my limited funds. I enjoyed expensive meals at fancy restaurants and although I made the reservations, gathered the coats and belongings and paid the bill out of petty cash, I really didn't mind. I almost felt like part of the family, namely, the black sheep.

Then came the day when Miss Jeannie asked me to drive her to downtown Dallas.

It was a crisp sunny day, cold enough that she wore a full length fur coat. I quickly stowed it in the back seat before hopping behind the wheel. The engine cranked up smoothly and we headed toward the Dallas Tollway to head south toward downtown. My employer paused her phone conversation long enough to give further directions, thankfully, since I didn't know my way around.

I was incredulous that someone was actually paying me to drive around in this luxury automobile with its leather seats, power windows and a working heater, something my car didn't have.

"You'll be turning off at the next exit, dear," she said, her hand over the receiver of the car phone where she spent a good deal of the ride. Back then, a mobile phone was an expensive luxury item nearly the size of a car battery.

She rode in the front seat beside me, making it seem more like we were Thelma and Louise out for an adventure, rather than on the job, really. So we got downtown and she had me pull over to the curb and let her out at some fancy jewelry store. I was supposed to drive around the block and look for a place to park, then, wait for her to come out. It felt more like I was driving the get-away car.

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Here I was, trying to maneuver my way around the block with all the one way streets and construction zones that blocked off lanes randomly and unexpectedly. Traffic was whizzing on my left as I pulled over to the far right lane and got blocked in by a bus that pulled to a stop in front of me.

Suddenly, it started raining only it wasn't rain. Huge drops of gray cement begin spattering the windshield. Soon, the entire car was covered in drops of liquid concrete falling from the high rise building above.

I immediately pulled out into the next lane in a panic. Fortunately, there was a small gap in the relentless traffic. I waved a Texan hello to the guy behind me who, luckily, didn't hit me and was kind enough to let me out as he gave me the one-fingered wave.

I pushed the windshield washer button repeatedly and which gave me a moon-shaped view to continue around the block, when I saw Miss J come out of the store. I pulled next to the curb to pick her up knowing there would fireworks about the condition of the car.

Raindrops kept falling on the car. . .

Raindrops kept falling on the car. . .

Totally engrossed with the velvet box in her hand, she slid across the leather seat to show off her latest purchase. "Oh, thank goodness I was able to find this little trinket for Bob's birthday." She positively radiated with the joy of the moment. I tried not to stare too long at the ten thousand dollar price tag, mentally comparing the amount to my annual salary.

I checked the side mirror and eased into the stream of traffic, pulling the Cadillac away from the curb and made a point to avoid Miss Jeanie's eyes. There was no need to point out the damage to the car, speckled with patches of spattered concrete. When I started to explain how it happened, she interrupted.

"Don't worry, we'll just run it through the car wash," she said with a big smile. "Afterward, you can make reservations for lunch." She beamed again, closing the green velvet box over the sparkling diamond face of the watch. I was truly lucky to have a boss like Miss Jeanie and often thought about her calm reaction that day which could have turned out so much differently than it did. It would be a few months later when I moved into a tiny house on the three-hundred acre ranch. That's when things really changed.

My one-bedroom guest house was on the outer edge of the driveway nearest the entrance to the horse ranch. It was a direct path to reach the big house where Ms. Jeannie lived. Visitors and solicitors declared my house as the stopping point at which to check the availability of the missus. My duties as the gate keeper soon expanded as more responsibilities seeped into the job. (to be continued)

The Ballad of Lucy Jordan

© 2013 Peg Cole

Comments

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 20, 2016:

Hello BarbRad, Thanks for stopping back by. I'm thinking about turning this into a novel so I have yet to republish chapter 2 and chapter 3. I really appreciate your thoughtful comment and interest.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on November 18, 2016:

What a fun read. I hated to stop. I'm hoping maybe the other chapters are published again by now.

Michael-Milec on October 04, 2015:

Thank you Peg for not reporting my committed crime . How can one (me) do this to a beautiful English language ?! - This is totally wrong "Continuance would w i d e n the- void..." wrong again - 'a void' sounds better; hover what I had in mind is "continuance would c o n s t r i c t

a void of my need..." Ah... ( Thank God, no stones throwing has begun yet...)

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 04, 2015:

Hello Michael-Milec. There are two more chapters of the story which I am in process of revising. Will publish again, soon. Thank you for your continued interest and for your earnest effort at learning the language. I admire your determination. Thank you again, for stopping by and for the kind words.

Michael-Milec on October 03, 2015:

Hi PegCole17

In one word, this is ' in earnest-engagingly-amazing' testimony of a wonderful writer demonstrating skillfulness in irrespective of challenges. Even as a slow reader let me take liberty to ask, where is the other half of the story? I have learn a lot here, continuance would widen the void in my need for better English. Thanks.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 03, 2013:

Hello Mgt28. Your comment really made me feel quite good. I'm usually not all that funny. Thank you. I needed a little lift today. Nice to have you read along. Ta ta for now. TTFN.

mgt28 on November 03, 2013:

Hilarious , all I can say .

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 20, 2013:

Hi Crafty. Family in Texas? Yes, they will tell you what a hopping place this still is. I grew up in a small town then moved to the big city of Miami where I learned to drive. Mostly it involved honking. Glad to know that you enjoyed this story and thank you for the great comment.

CraftytotheCore on October 20, 2013:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! What an amazing story. I have some family in Texas. I've been to a Houston medical building where I worked for one day with my relatives. It was a hopping place. I don't think I could ever drive in Texas. I come from a small town. I've been in traffic in Texas with my sister. Lots of people.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 04, 2013:

Hello B. Leekley. Thank you for reading this story and for the very nice comment. I appreciate what you said about what you would look for in an employee. Again, thanks.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on July 03, 2013:

Up and Interesting. I enjoyed this job adventure.

You showed traits I would want in an employee if I were rich and could hire help -- doing competent work or doing your best if still learning; appreciation of nice treatment; willingness to take on more responsibilities.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 29, 2013:

Nice to see you too, I will be back. I so enjoyed this. Right now reality is calling and I have work to do outside.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 29, 2013:

Shyron, So nice to see you today and have you visit. Thank you for reading about this experience so many years ago. Seems like yesterday in some ways. Lots of miles since then. Enjoy your day and drop back by when you can. I'll be checking into your other hubs, too. I enjoyed your story about learning to drive a 4 on the floor.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 29, 2013:

Peg, this FAB and that is how I voted, pinned (fun jobs board) and shared.

You have brought back memories of my job, and the fun that came with it. Not sure I should write it.

I will be reading yours. No time right now, hubby is waiting for Breakfast. I will be back.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2013:

Hi Robie2. Your description "Concrete Cadillac" is a great name for this yarn. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this story and thanks so much for the visit. Hope you enjoy chapter 2. Thanks so much for the uplifting comment and the thumbs up.

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on May 15, 2013:

You sure do spin a terrific yarn, Peg. I am totally hooked on this one and am still laughing at the concrete on the Cadillac and your descriptions of Miss Jeannie. Now I am really intrigues so on to chapter two after a big thumbs up. This is just fabulous.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 07, 2013:

Hello Skye2day. Oh, what a delight to see you here on this page. And your comments are refreshingly funny and insightful. True it is about the Angels and God's loving arms in our times of peril and everyday. I've actually seen this in action. Once when there was a tornado here in my neighborhood and two houses were completely demolished on either side of my Mom's MHome, she was spared the worst of it. We need only ask. I loved having you read this and you'll see in the next installment how right you are about something up someone's sleeve. See you soon I hope.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on May 06, 2013:

Hello Peg darling, This is a delightful read. I really enjoy your humor. You really are a gifted writer.

Girl you gotta write a part two. Nothing can stay this perfect. So what is up with these people. Miss Jeanie has something up her sleeve. JK, not.

God really did have His loving arms around you precious one. But for the grace of God I lived through the eighty's, wild child that I was. I believe one day we will be shocked to learn how many angels were in our midst while on planet earth. Keeping us from harms way lest we should dash our foot against a stone.

God Bless you precious pegcole. Love, Skye.

Shared. Great pictures. Voted!!

Oh daaaa.. I see you have a part two. Well girl I am onto reading it!!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 22, 2013:

Hello teaches 12345. Thanks for stopping in to read this story and for the nice comment.

Dianna Mendez on March 19, 2013:

I love that caddy! It sounds like such a fun experience being a chauffeur -- love the story!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 19, 2013:

Hi Sunshine625. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the great comment. Glad to see you here. I appreciate your kind words.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 19, 2013:

What an exciting adventure! Miss Jeannie sure does sound like a wonderful woman. Your details and storytelling kept me hooked!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 19, 2013:

Thank you DIYmommy.

Julie on March 19, 2013:

Great hub and photos here! I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing....

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 10, 2013:

Hello Torrilynn. Thank you so much. I hope that you will have the opportunity to read the other two chapters of the Miss Jeannie story. The plot changes a bit... I appreciate the votes and your visit.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 10, 2013:

Thank you Moonlake. And thanks for the comments on the glamour photo. I don't like hats either. At least not for myself. On others, I'm okay with them. Ah, the eighties...

torrilynn on March 10, 2013:

Hi Peg,

really great hub overall , i loved the photos that you

have included and how you have had the opportunity to work

with such a very nice individual.

Voted up.

moonlake from America on March 10, 2013:

Enjoyed your story. What a nice person to work for. She seemed very kind. Love your glamour photo. I shouldn't say this but thank goodness you don't have a hat on. I hate the ones with hats. Voted up and shared.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 13, 2013:

Hi Lesley. You are sweet to drop by and make me feel good today. Thanks for the votes and kind words. You and your sister are like twin dolls. Smiles.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on February 13, 2013:

Hi Peg, what a great story and what a job!!

Loved the photos - you are such a babe!

Voted up, best wishes lesley

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 12, 2013:

Thank you so much Xstatic. Nice to meet you today and thanks for stopping by to check this out.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on February 12, 2013:

Great writing and a fascianting story too. The photos add a lot too. Love that glamour shot!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 08, 2013:

Hi Alastar. Hoi Polloi, well I never knew how to spell that so thank you. Indeed Dallas was a boom town in the 80s during the recession and it is still amazing. I see construction everywhere on the streets and in communities. We are still a boom town! The traffic continues to get worse as the years pass but that is probably the case in any growing metropolitan city.

I sure did enjoy that peek into your past life at the Flick and reading your take on the movies from that era. Some of those movies I saw during the time described here.

Thank you for the visit, the share and the great comments. Hope to see you on the next chapters. Peg

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on February 08, 2013:

Ah delightful Peg, so you've got a little story to tell too. Working for the Hoi Polloi in close proximity, Hoi Polloi in this sense meaning the well-to-do, can be quite a story to relate as this first in the series shows. How brave of you to pull up roots like you did and start anew, especially in a place like Dallas. I don't know how Dallas was in the early 80s but from what I hear now it ain't so hot. At any rate love your writing and looking forward to more escapades with Miss Jeannie and the rest. Shared with much pleasure m'lady.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 07, 2013:

Hello Carolina. Thanks for the visit and kind words.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 06, 2013:

great story, and an excellent read!!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 05, 2013:

Hello Minnetonka Twin. Me too. Those glamour shots were quite the thing in their day. Working as a temp did have its advantages. Thank you for the comments and votes. So nice to see you today.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 05, 2013:

Hello Denise. Yes. A honey. Thanks so much for the visit and votes and for sharing. See you soon.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 04, 2013:

That was such a refreshing story. I soo remember glamour shots. You looked beautiful in that photo and the others. What a great gift it turned out for you to work as a temp and strike gold like that. Hit all buttons and voted up.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on February 04, 2013:

Fascinating story, and what a honey of an employer you had-quite a blessing! UP/F/I and FUN sharing.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 03, 2013:

Well hello Dim. It's been a long time. So nice to see you. Hope you are well. Thanks for coming by to read this story and I love that song, too. I used to have a postcard with a giant thumb and a tiny stick figure beneath it. Truly representative of the situation. Funny now.

Cheers. Peg

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on February 03, 2013:

That was such an interesting story, and wonderfully expressed.

I haven´t heard "Under my thumb " for years, so that was a bonus for me in a great hub.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 02, 2013:

Hi Howto. How do? Glad you like cars. See you on the freeway.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 02, 2013:

Dear Maria,

So nice to see your sweet face here on this story. And thanks for the encouraging words about reading on. I am naturally, thrilled. Tee hee.

I thought of you when I chose the music remembering your wonderful series The Magic of Music and I must bop over there and hear a few tunes. It's nearly like playing records together on the phonograph. Spin.

Loved that you visited and thank you for the sweet words.

Love

Peg

Tony from Florida on February 01, 2013:

Great hub Really enjoyed it. I a real big car guy and love going to car show all over the east coast.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Epi, You are just a couple of years younger than my sweet squeeze. Call me a cougar, I am truly that. Yah ha ha. Concerts for me now are on my surround sound. Love it and you.

Peg

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on February 01, 2013:

Dear Peg,

Oh just catching up and now heading immediately to Part 2...

You always take me right to the heart of your story with your perfectly selected music...and especially loved your glam shot.

Miss Jeannie ...a perfect name for this lady, bewitching...?! I know this story is...Voted UP and ABI. Love, Maria

epigramman on February 01, 2013:

well I was 20 in 1978 as I am 54 now.

but when I saw the Who in 1972 I was 14 and I was 16 in '74 when I saw Led Zeppelin - then Bob Dylan and the Band. lake erie time 5:22pm I have out - grown the concert thing now though and it's too darn expensive

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Epi. Ah, Jagger moves with the water bucket. No surprise about Mr. Richards either. He was quite notorious for that sort of thing.

I mean, I was deaf for days after the concert too. WHAT? You youngster. You must have been about twelve for that concert. N'est pas? I saw the Doobie Brothers at the same auditorium - Lakeland Civic Center years later. Too much fun. WHAT did you say?

epigramman on February 01, 2013:

lol lol

Actually it was a special benefit concert for the Stones to perform for the CNIB of Canada (for the blind) when Mr. Richards was busted at the Canadian border for drugs - and they held it in a small junior hockey arena in Oshawa which is north of Toronto (our biggest city) and I was five rows from the front and during the concert we all got up and moved up against the stage - Mister Jagger threw a couple of buckets of water out into the audience - guess who got wet? lol and I was deaf for a few days after - lol - 4:39pm LE time

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Mr. Epi, was that you in the row in front of us at that tour? I saw them live in Tampa around that time frame, or maybe I just think I did. There was a lot of smoke in the auditorium and I can't be sure. No, it was them. I'm sorta sure of it.

No doubt you would win some dance contests. Those moves should be patented. Yuk yuk. "Hold me closer, tiny dancer."

epigramman on February 01, 2013:

..and I am not one to brag but I won a couple of dance contests in my time (freestyle dancing - couples doing their own thing) and I once saw Mick Jagger's cute little bum 5 rows from the front and a lot closer as we all moved closer to the stage during the gig back in 1978 with the Some Girls tour - lake erie time 4:15pm

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Epigramman, my poetic friend. What delicious words you spin. Aren't you the gift of the day to drop in and visit me? Sweet. I do love Ms. Tina Turner and her dance moves keep me on my feet. But that Mick Jagger is seductively limber. Makes me jealous of his moves. And speaking of moves. You are the Winter Wonderland of poems. We have a warm sunny day here in the big "D". Nice to see you. Sending warm thoughts.

epigramman on February 01, 2013:

My my my - my sweet Peg of perfection Cole - baby, you can drive my car as the Beatles once sang - you are the prettiest chauffeur I ever did see and Tina Turner, by the way, took Mick Jagger how to move on stage and after reading this wonderful chapter in your life, I would say you are teaching the rest of us on how to write - sending you warm wishes from the cold winter shores of lake erie time 3:54pm ontario canada

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 31, 2013:

Thanks LaThing. I just read your hub on H.O.W. about neighbors. That was quite moving. I'm glad you came by today and it is nice to meet you. Thank you so much for the encouraging words and the votes. Peg

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on January 31, 2013:

This is such a fun and exciting read! Beautifully written, Peggy, and you took your reader for a ride in the luxury car, LOL..... This must have been some experience! Thanks for sharing it with us, voting up and away :)

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 31, 2013:

Hi Frank. Nice of you to share this story and thanks for stopping in to read it. You are cool. I appreciate your saying it has humor and you know I'm into details. See ya later, alligator.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 31, 2013:

Hello Always, So glad you dropped in to read about my adventure with Miss Jeannie. All these years later it has gotten easier to laugh about it, but at the time I thought I would get fired. Oh boy. I keep watching that video of Mick Jagger. He is quite a dancer.

The Dallas traffic is murder for sure. Thanks for the encouragement and for the visit. Peg

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 31, 2013:

I like how you shared this story and how you done it with humor a matter of fact and consistent details.. and it makes this little glance begged to be shared.. so Im sharing :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 30, 2013:

This was so much fun to read. I loved it. Placing the videos alongside the events was a treat. You were a spunky gal to make that move to Dallas. I have been to Dallas and Houston in the 80's, i hated the traffic..Anticipating another fun read with Miss Jeannie.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 30, 2013:

Drbj. Someday I will scribe the rest of the story which has many nefarious characters involved. I love the title you've come up with. That is quite catchy and classy. Good one. I appreciate your reading this Dr. and thanks for the great comment.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 30, 2013:

Tebo, how nice of you to drop by. Thanks for reading this story and for telling me you enjoyed it. I sure do appreciate that. It was terrible. I thought she would be mad, but she really didn't care. Yes, I was lucky about that.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 30, 2013:

What an interesting job that was, Peg, and I'm certain you have many more chapters to write about how your job description expanded over time. How 'bout this for the title of the book you will write: "Getaway Girl in the Concrete-Covered Cadillac." Classy, no?

tebo from New Zealand on January 30, 2013:

Wow what an interesting job you had. I enjoyed reading your story. That would have been terrible finding concrete splashes on your bosses car. Great that she was good about it.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 30, 2013:

Hello Aviannovice. I had a cousin Bonnie. Blonde? Ah, the nefarious Bonnie was blonde. Could be we're related. Hahah. Thanks for following along with this old story. Your series on Bonnie and Clyde is fascinating. I love it.

Peg

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 30, 2013:

Are you sure that you weren't Bonnie Parker in another life? You were both blonde, you know...A fabulous story, and an interesting job!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 30, 2013:

Amy you are so funny, "The Devil wore Prada". I liked that movie. Isn't it interesting that we can do just about whatever is required if we put our minds to it? I imagine, like me, you wore a few different hats in your career. It makes life interesting to experience a variety of careers.

As always, I'm tickled that you dropped in to comment and thanks for your astute observations.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on January 30, 2013:

Ah, your nostalgic story took me along down my own memory lane, Peg. Though I was a greenhorn, back in the day, there was no job I couldn't make my own. I expected to do a bang up job, and I did! When I think of some of the things I did back then, I'm amazed I'm still here! As usual, you write like a dream and I enjoyed every moment of your adventures. I look forward to reading more of what I imagine will be along the lines of "The Devil wore Prada." Entertainment at it's best, Peg. Thank you

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 30, 2013:

Hello Eddy.

Thank you for taking time to drop in for a read and for sharing. So nice of you.

Peg

Eiddwen from Wales on January 30, 2013:

A brilliant read and thanks for sharing.

Eddy.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 30, 2013:

Wow, Mhatter99, 12 drivers and 20 cars. That must be a great collection of stories. Enough for a mini-series on TV perhaps? Do tell. . .

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 30, 2013:

Hello Sunnie. The twists and turns of the Dallas freeway for sure! And it is so nice to see you here. I appreciate your wonderful comment and the visit.

Return hugs,

Peg

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 29, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this. At the oil company I worked at we maintained a chauffeur pool of 12 drivers and 20 vehicles. And the stories...

Sunnie Day on January 29, 2013:

Wonderful story Peg..I loved the twists and turns and what a great job, one I am sure you will ever treasure.

Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed reading this story.

Hugs,

Sunnie

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2013:

WillStarr, blush. Thanks. So much. For everything. To Wong Foo from Julie Newmar. Sweet!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2013:

Oh my goodness, my wonderful friend, Kim. So nice of you to take time to comment and more, to read this dribble. I have so many of these it's cathartic to get it out. I hope you and your parents are doing well. Mom and Lou are great and so is Jim. Love you.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 29, 2013:

Wow!

What a babe, and she can write too! Who could ask for more?

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2013:

Well, Mck. They might owe me some back revenue since that was my brand for years. Quit now, thankfully. It's been about five minutes. Nah. Just funning. I did quit years back. Texas was indeed the way to go and I had built-in family here which has helped. Convertibles and get-aways go together, don't they. I'm grateful for your visit and for the kind words. Yes, I think it was a '67. I paid for it with haircuts. It had no rear windshield for a while and it took a screwdriver and some Chemtool B12 to start it sometimes. I had to leave it behind. Not by choice.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 29, 2013:

Hi Peg, well you have lived a checkered (cab-groan) life. And I think the Virginia Slim people owe you some back revenue. What a strory. At first I became worried, because this is not the way this story had to go. But it has become apparent that you and Texas were meant for each other. You in the concert covered getaway car makes me smile, nothing conspicuous about that. Thanks for the fun read. Is that a '67 Malibu?

Kim Waldrop on January 29, 2013:

Peggy, this is such a wonderful story! I love your writing style and humor. Hope you and Jim are doing well.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2013:

Rosemay, I'm sure you've had some of those kind of jobs that at first, seem like the best thing since sliced bread. Then later you find the mold. Yes, my duties grew and grew. Soon I was picking up horse feed and the dry cleaning and more. But, at the time it was fascinating to see a different slice of life than I was accustomed to seeing.

So good to see you here and thanks for the quick dash over and for the votes. You make me smile.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on January 29, 2013:

I love the way you tell a story with humour Peg, it's a good job we can look back and laugh. I would have so panicked with the cement raining down on the car, what a nightmare.

Sounds like a dreamjob but with your note about your job description expanding and your comment above it sounds as though you were taken advantage of. Now you have me waiting with baited (bated) breath for a follow up.

Voting UP for such a pleasurable read.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2013:

Becky. Hello friend. Dream job for a couple of months before it became the stuff of nightmares. Details to follow, perhaps, one day. So kind of you to come by and thanks for the comment.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2013:

Haha, James. You are funny too. Please don't make me older than I already am. 1958? Oh noooooo! That's an advertisement below the picture which I will relabel with the year 1982. Whew. The eighties everybody was getting glamour shots. I think I'll substitute the ad too, just for grins. You know better than to encourage me. I'll likely write more stuff. Thanks so much for the great humor and the laugh.

We have torrential rain here today so I was reminded of that day long ago. I appreciate you being first and the kind words. Peg

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on January 29, 2013:

This sounds like a dream job. You really lucked out on finding it. Great and interesting story.

James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on January 29, 2013:

Peg, you are so refreshingly funny. Getaway car driver, eh? And that was just one of the spots that made me break out laughing. Then there's that really cute girl in the 1958 Glamour photo--Wow!

Great hub, Peg! Maybe I've said it before, but I hope you're saving all your writing for a future book of true humor and life experience.