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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Desire (01/17/05)

TITLE: Bada Bing
By Diane Johnson
01/19/05


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Several months ago, my husband and I were in a car accident. Thankfully, we experienced no major bodily injuries, but our car was totaled. Recently, we settled with the insurance company, and it was now time to look for another car.

Our desire was to be good stewards of the money we received from the insurance company, so we searched high and low for the best car deals.

Because my husband is a big man, not only in demeanor, but also in stature, we had a particular model in mind. (Watching my Incredible Hulk husband cram his six foot five inch body into our other car, a Ford Taurus, was not a pretty sight.)

We decided to shop on the Internet. As many of you know, it allows one to go "surfing" without a surfboard almost anywhere in the world.

We surfed the Net every day for a couple of weeks, which gave us a real sense of satisfaction and power with our acquired knowledge. We checked out websites like cars.com, eBay.com, and AutoTrader.com. We looked at a lot of cars. Whew! We definitely had cars-on-the-brain affliction. We were even dreaming about them!

But then came the breakthrough we were looking for, and I am happy to report (well, at least at this point in the story), that I was the "Christopher Columbus" of discovering a new Internet car listing. There was our dream car -- pictured at "Bada Bing Motors." It's a miracle! Why, even my husband was impressed and said, "Wow honey, how did you find this car dealer?"

I replied intelligently, "I donít remember."

Bada Bing is located close to where our daughter and her family live. My husband and I figured that we could take a day off of work and travel the four hours to pick up the car and also make a surprise visit to her, our son-in-law and three grandkids. So a couple of days later, off we went in the Taurus.

We found Bada Bing without a glitch. As it came into view, we saw a sign that said "Pay Cash, Pay Now," which we should have recognized as our first sign (no pun intended). Of course, I wonít be offended if youíre already saying to yourself "Who buys a car from a dealership called BADA BING?"

Well, it was too late now -- we were already here. So, we pulled into Bada Bingís car lot (and part junkyard). No salesmen came running over to help us. (Oh yeah, sign No. 2.) So we decided to go find the owner, who we had talked to on the phone.

We headed towards a little building, where we assumed all the car salesmen were hiding out. As we reached the front door, we saw in a window to our right a couple of killer dogs bearing their fangs at us. (Yes, I know, sign No. 3.)

We looked at each other, and I said to myself, "My husband will protect me -- we can't stop now!"

We opened the door to find a very small, dark office where four men were seated at a lone desk eating Burger King. Immediately three dogs (thankfully non-killer mutts) greeted us. The small man behind the desk, who I thought at first was Danny DeVito, finally introduced himself as the owner. He and the others never stopped eating. And to top it off, no one told the very huge dogs to stop jumping on me.

SIGN! SIGN! SIGN! SIGN!

Well, I convinced my husband that we should still take the car for a test drive. Bad idea! On the way back to the car dealer, we drove down a side street and witnessed a drug bust.

Now, believe it or not, I was still not sure whether or not this was Godís will for us. (Iím sure God was shaking his head in disbelief.)

Mr. DeVito said, "Ah, I donít have the title right nowÖbut if I donít get you the title within 31 days, you can put me out of business."

Oh, that's comforting, I thought.

We quickly said our good-byes.

Days later, as we continued to pray (and repent for our stupidity), Godís faithfulness prevailed, and we're now the owners of our dream car!


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Cheri Hardaway 01/24/05
I can relate to your humor and honesty! I know there are plenty of times when my stupidity made God shake His head! I enjoyed reading this piece. Thanks for sharing. God bless you. Oh, yeah - I am glad you got your dream car too!
Joanne Malley01/24/05
Entertaining article! Why is it that we sometimes ignore those obvious warning signs?! Glad everything turned out right. Joanne
Kathy Ellis01/24/05
Signs Signs Everywhere a Sign... blocking out the scenery.. breaking my mind.. LOL! This was wonderful!
Linda Germain 01/24/05
Very nicely written .(Are you sure you don't want to step on up to at LEAST "intermediate" level ?) This was funny and held my attention. Very cute story and very good point. I'd say you have the "write-stuff" :0) Looking forward to more.
Deborah Shipman01/25/05
I really really really did enjoy this and it brought a smile to my face. Please continue on as you have a really wonderful talent.
Lynda Lee Schab 01/27/05
I agree about moving up to the Intermediate level. Very funny (I laughed out loud the whole way through) and well written - you've definitely got the talent.
Oh - I'm glad you found your dream car but next time I'll hook you up with my husband. He's the most honest car salesman you'll ever meet. :-)
Great entry!
Lynda
Donna J. Shepherd01/28/05
Thanks God for His protection! lol! Very good entry.
Deborah Anderson01/28/05
Loved your title, story, and humor. Well written. God bless you.
Debbie OConnor01/29/05
This is so funny and so true to life! I can definitely see myself with the death grip on the DEAL I found, ignoring the obvious signs and trying to make it work anyway. Bless you for a great message written with such humor. This is a winner!
Kathy Cartee01/30/05
Great writing . I laughed all the way to the end. I think stepping up to the Intermediate level is a great idea. I look forward to reading more of your writing.

Kathy
Robert Drury02/03/05
So where did you buy the car? :-)