Monday, September 15, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - can you spot the red?

Ruby Tuesday has arrived again, and Mary has prompted another view of the past, at least for me. I started using my wheelchair in late 1995, and had no vehicle that would give me a sense of independence. My 1989 Dodge wheelchair van was a godsend, as I could go places and do things. The van was not RED, but read on... After getting into an accident due to an electrical glitch, I was forced to cede my independence as the RED tow truck with the AAA markings took my freedom away for nine days. A sad Ruby Tuesday in 1996.

But fixed
and returned, the non-red Dodge is the happy backdrop to another Ruby Tuesday. And five year old Cameron who wanted so bad to be a garbage man when he grew up. As he brought the cans back on garbage day, he was pretending he was the BFI guy. What is red here besides the red can and lid? The red seat on the Little Tikes tricycle, the side light on the van and Patti's car, a 1993 Sentra draped in what Nissan thoughtfully called RUBY PEARL. Really! Thanks to the Teach for allowing me a sentimental search for red.

28 comments:

DrillerAA said...

There is red on the side marker of the van, the seat of the trike, and it's never good when the largest red thing in the photo is a tow truck!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

glad you got it back

ellen b said...

Oh dear a red tow truck, that doesn't bode well...
I did see lots of splashes of red and I hope your vehicle woes are all behind you for a long time...

Paz said...

Enjoyed photos and your story.

Paz

napaboaniya said...

A sentimental entry this week for RT which nice reds :)

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

...and I'm sure that all those vehicles had red tail-lights, too! ;-}

Carletta said...

Thanks for sharing your sentimental journey with us.
Happy Ruby Tuesday.

Raven said...

Glad you got your van and independence back. Always nice when kids still like doing jobs that most of us hate.

Lara said...

happy Ruby Tuesday! having the van back is a good oportunity for feeling good!

Columbo said...

I enjoyed the photos and the story back in time. Have a great Ruby Tuesay.

Felisol said...

Dear Ralph,
You did have a lot of red in your photos. And a Dodge!!
My grandpa had a Dodge from 1936 for his taxi way back in the early fifties.
The other chauffeurs had new Mercedes-Benzs. No one could compare to the full bodied ram stalling on the front of my Grampa's black Dodge.
We, the fifteen grandchildren, loved it.
In the eighties we came over a flaming red Dodge Tradesman.
For several years it was our joy and vacation car.
I could hear for miles when my hubby came home in that deep bass V8.
I'll have to look for predigital pics.
Thank you, Ralph for bringing back happy memories.
From Felisol

ilanadavita said...

Ah! Men and cars!

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely fragments of red everywhere in your pics! Sad what they represent, but it is good to be able to know you have moved on with hope from this time!

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Nice ruby photos, and story. Great that you got the van back.

Thank you for visiting my red mosaic.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like a story with a happy ending. I'm sure you were relieved when the car was returned to you at last!

mark's tails said...

Agree with tour guide above. Nice story, nice pics.

Bond said...

A great way to participate with a story line included...

Well done Ralph.

Dianne said...

It's awful to lose your transportation! Especially if it's a custom ride.

Love the stories behind all your photos, makes them so much more enjoyable.

and hey - garbage collectors make good money

Askew To You said...

Very frustrating to be without your vehicle!! I enjoy your photos, Ralph. You always tell a good story.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

Great red tow truck! Thanks for sharing the memory!!

Karen of the MomDot Street Team
www.MomDot.com

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

men and their trucks go hand and hand.. glad you got yours back...

Denise said...

Hi, Ralph

You put all their creativity to work on ruby, like a lot.
hugs, Denise

Minkydo said...

Cute story about the boy! Too bad about the accident. Going down memory lane is fun sometimes. I was just doing that yesterday with my mom.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Tow trucks mean trouble and red ones mean you can't miss them.

Mimi Lenox said...

I really enjoy the way you make Ruby Tuesday meaningful with posts like this one. Loved the story. You and Patti are becoming family historians with this. I love it!

BABYLONEZOO said...

Belle illustration pour le rubytuesday

Patti said...

Thanks, Your Majesty! His stories are much better, though.

Roger said...

That,s great story! I like the way you write them too and the photos are great kicker to that good old Ruby Tuesday!