Pearl’s Perspective – Part 5

Hello again it’s Pearl!

It’s been a long time since I checked in and a lot has changed since then. They say that my transmission is one of the most expensive to replace. I prefer to look at it as the old adage says, “You get what you pay for.” Oh and I’m proudly sporting 4 brand new tires and I suppose those aren’t cheap either!

At any rate that is not what this update is about. It’s about the new people that are in his life and are riding with us regularly.

His new basketball team.

Essentially right after my release from the “car hospital” following my transmission operation, we started to drive them to the games. I’m not sure why they don’t have a bus but I digress.

So once or twice a week four girls’ basketball players load up and off we go to grab a quick bite to eat then to the school where the game will take place. “Rides with Strangers” was and is a unique experience, full of interesting and often baffling people. But these young girls are in a class all to their own. They are loud, bossy, hilarious, frustrating, weird, opinionated, and everything in between.

And he loves them.

His grin tells it all. He is happy that they are his team.

Now that’s not to say that he always understands them. On the surface they are about as different to him as a Lamborghini is to a Geo. Their age, gender, race, background, the way they talk, their tastes in food are all ways that he and his players don’t share commonalities.

For instance he was so happy to take them to his favorite fast food chain a few weeks back: Chick-Fil-A. After driving up, one of the girls blurted out loudly, “Why we goin’ here??? It’s so expensive. It’s like $27 for f&*%$# chicken sandwich!”

It wasn’t the language that shocked him, it was that they would rather go to a place with far inferior food just to save a few dollars. Head-scratching to him I believe. Also, I could tell he was more than a little annoyed that they all bought milk shakes in addition to the regular meals they paid for. So you can’t afford a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich but get a large order of nuggets and a milkshake instead? Pretty sure you didn’t save any money with that decision!

And speaking of food – I have NEVER seen girls eat so much food in such a short time. They inhale french fries like it’s their job. They order double bacon cheeseburgers from Wendy’s and complain they are still hungry after scarfing it down! I have absolutely no clue how this phenomenon works. Neither does he.

Most recently they played a game across town in an area that the girls were not familiar. They “oooed” and “ahhhd” looking at the enormous houses and the spacious front yards.

One said without hesitation, “No offense coach, but this has GOTTA be a white neighborhood.”

“What makes you say that?” he replies.

“All the Christmas lights. You know how much their electricity bill must be??? White folks are crazy.”

The car erupted in laughter.

I will say that there is one interest that he and his players share. One common bond that I did not see coming.

Rap music.

These girls know their rap music and they like to listen to it REALLY loudly. I am pretty sure my speakers are still ringing! And not only does he allow it, he enjoys it too and recites some of the lyrics and nods his head up and down until some of the girls roll their eyes or tell him something like, “No coach. No.”

So I am not sure how good the team is and it doesn’t seem to matter because very rarely do they even talk about basketball during the ride to the game.

But whatever they talk about he makes a point to be involved in the conversation. I can tell he really cares about them and wants to be a positive influence in their lives. I look forward to seeing them more as the season goes on.

Their presence definitely adds some spice to my life!

Until next time,

Pearl the Altima

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