Audra Krell

On Purpose

Like a NASCAR Winner

As we drove over the hill, I thought we would lift off, I was flying for a second. Singing with my son to some old school 90's country, Alan Jackson has never sounded better.

And then I saw him. With the radar gun pointed right at me.

I looked down and was stunned to see that I was driving over 90 mph.

"Keegan, I'm going so fast that I could go to jail," I said to my 17- year- old driving son. "Get out the registration."

The Officer pulled out right away, and yet he stayed back at least 8 car lengths, with his lights flashing.

Maybe he's not really after me.

So I didn't pull over. Big mistake.

After a half mile, I pulled over just to see if he would pass. No such luck. He says he clocked me going 88 in a 65.

He went through the usual formalities; asking where we were going, who was playing baseball, what kind of league it was, if I had any weapons and then to step out of the car. 

As I walked around to the side, he said, '"You do know I could arrest you right now don't you?"

"Yes," I said as my knees knocked together so hard he had to have heard it.

"Is there a reason you didn't pull over sooner? You really confused me," he said. "Is it because I was so far back?"

"That is exactly why," I answered. I confused him?

"What do you do back in Scottsdale?"

"I'm a writer."

"Wow, have you been published? What do you write?"

"Yes, and I write about abandonment, marriage and parenting."

Did you know there is a high incidence of mother primates who abandon their young? It's fascinating and I don't think I've ever pulled over a writer before," he grinned.

No smile came to my face, I didn't feel like we were friends.

He confirmed that when he wrote me a hefty ticket for criminal speeding, told me to slow down and wished me great luck with my writing.

During the festivities, our middle son was watching a DVD in the back seat. Ever since he was little, he has said "Go Big or Go Large." That was my first ticket ever, so I'm thinking he's pretty proud that I went extra large.

Skip ahead a few days and today is the first day of NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in 30 days. I'm planning for lift- off around week three. Nobody's stopping me this time for speeding and crossing the finish like a NASCAR winner.

All my fellow wrimos: you too, need to go big or go large. You're most likely already home!

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6 thoughts on “Like a NASCAR Winner

  1. That road to Las Vegas is so wide open, it’s kinda hard to not go a little faster & freer! Glad you weren’t arrested, sorry about the ticket – I had my first 1 last year and just about cried when I paid for traffic school. Attending the school wasn’t as bad as paying for it!! So, what’s your NANOWRIMO topic this year? Let me know if you need help with inspiration or perspiration or levitation or ???

  2. Would love to get together in November for some "ation" of any sort! Percolation at Starbucks maybe? 
    This year's novel is called Abandoned Ship
    After generations of abandonment, the Ship family women only know one way to feel toward men, and it's not good. Men can't be trusted and don't ever stick around. As the women watch little Angel Ship deal with the dual abandonment of her parents, they are amazed as she walks through it with peace and courage. Wanting the same thing, the women realize they will have to face their own moral laziness, wrestle demons and turn toward their true Father. But will they shed cultural definitions and let the only one who's ever mattered, right the course of their lives before it's too late?

  3. Audra….good for you on your Nano writing targets.
    Now…about that speeding ticket. I love this post. I had my first speeding ticket a few years back and I was mortified. It was as if I had sinned and I no longer had a clean slate on my driving record. LOL I took it very seriously just like you. Take care kiddo and keep on writing! D 🙂

  4. “Go Big or Go Large” love it. The speeding ticket sucks though. Good luck with NanoWriMo,

  5. Hey Speedy!
    See…you did it up write (ummm…I mean “right!)!!
    88!!! Fasten your seat belts…we’re in for quite a ride!!
    And…here’s to a month for writing that will sometimes feel like that, too!!
    Rock on Audra!!

  6. Knowledge is important for us!

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