Posts Tagged ‘Grand Opening’

Stretch Limo

July 5, 2013

A few days ago while out on my bike I got stuck in traffic behind a stretch limousine and was reminded me of a vignette that happened some 20 years ago.

I had a neighbor who was an interior designer. She specialized in restaurants. Her designs were not chichi; they were attractively funky. She used recycled materials in an imaginative way. I liked her work. She’d just finished a particularly lucrative job, a motel/restaurant complex, and she invited some of her neighbors to join her at the grand opening. The place was a good distance away, but she said she could give me a ride there and back. When I got to the meeting point I found out that the ride was in a stretch limo. I was deeply embarrassed. I didn’t want to get into the thing. But I didn’t want to make a scene either. So, I went along, but hid my face the entire ride, worried that someone I knew might see me. She’d hired the limo for the entire party and told us that if anybody wanted to go home early, we should tell the driver and he’d take care of us. I did end up wanting to go home early. I snuck past the driver who was sitting out in front and took the bus. It felt a lot better.

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