When I began thinking about starting a blog, one of the first experiences I wanted to share was taking a ride in what I call a “bouncy” car. A car with hydraulics. The low-rider kind that you see in rap videos. I saw myself sitting in a vintage convertible, top down, music blaring, bouncing down the street.
In Biloxi, Mississippi, there is a car event called “Scrapin the Coast” where hundreds of low-rider cars are showcased. I couldn’t travel to Biloxi, so I had to find a ride near home. As the weeks went by, I would peruse the web only to find, I had just missed a car show by a week and the next one was too far away. I emailed a few low-rider clubs and only heard back from one. They didn’t have cars with hydraulics. So I kept on with my other blog experiences, all the while searching for my perfect ride. Time went by fast and I was beginning to think my low-rider experience wouldn’t happen.
But then the best coincidence happened. As I’m on my way to jury duty (See post 10-27 ‘Sally Takes a Trip to Court’) I pass by this auto sound business that has a bitchen looking Impala convertible sitting in the corner of the parking lot. “Aha!” there’s my low-rider. I’m running late, so I can’t stop to inquire but keep it in my mind to go back. When I did return, I met Chris who works at the shop. I tell him my story of wanting to ride in a ‘bouncy’ car, my blog, my 52 weeks. Chris said the car does have hydraulics and belongs to the store owner, Jose, who was not at the shop at that time. He tells me to come back around five and Jose should be there.
I’m in the parking lot at 5pm sharp. I retell my story to Jose with Chris looking on. I am sure they think I’m a loon! Jose seems to be an easy going guy. He agrees to take me for a ride. We just need to arrange a time. I am so thrilled, I can hardly believe it!
It took a few weeks because, the car was in the shop, I was in jury duty. We finally we’re able to decide on a day and time to meet. My 16 year-old niece Shannen-Paige, along for the ride, I drive out to Jose’s shop to begin my low-rider cruise.
Jose and Chris are waiting for us. The sun is glistening off the windows that Chris has just wiped clean. A I’m walking around the car admiring the cool bronze color and the white seats. Jose says lets for a ride.
With the top down, I hop up front and Shannie climbs into the back seat. Before set out, with a flick of a few switches, different parts of the car start moving up and down. First the front wheels, then the back ones, we move side to side. I’m loving this. I can’t stop laughing. I notice Shannie also has a big grin on her face.
As we’re driving I am asking questions, (duh) about the car. Jose tells me it’s a 1964 Impala convertible. He has been restoring the car for about 6 years. The car has been featured in a few music videos including one by rapper Whiz Khalifa. This is definitely a dream low-rider. Jose is so good natured and patient with me. He smiles and laughs easily.
At the first stop light, a guy in the truck next to us tells Jose what a good looking car he has. I asked Jose if he gets a lot of compliments on the car. To which he grinned and says, “Yes”. He is very proud of his Impala.
They don’t make cars like this anymore. The seats are wide and cushy, the doors are solid, and the trunk is huge. The Impala has a radio on the dash, but the fact that Jose owns Xtreme Autosound the sound system is killer. There are awesome speakers on the lower portion of the doors and in the middle of the back seat. I didn’t even notice they were there. We’re cruizin along listening to Buckcherry, Snoop Dog and Tupac. Just as it should be when traveling in a low-rider.
Jose parks the car so we can take a few pictures. I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo, but the car is actually leaning to the left side, so the passenger seat is higher than the driver’s side. In order for Jose to bounce the car around again, we need to go back to the shop because the batteries (it takes four car batteries) are running low and he wants to make sure the car doesn’t die.
Driving back to the shop I turn around to take a few pictures of Shannie in the back seat. As the wind blows through her hair, the music blaring next to her, she smiles at me and says she likes the way the car sounds. I do too!
Parked back at the shop, Jose has the Impala do one more ‘dance’ for us. The allure of these cars is that they are fun!
It’s time for Jose to close up shop and for us to head home. I give hugs all around, whether they wanted one or not. Driving back home with Shannie, I’m giddy. Pleased to have been able to achieve one of my original blog ides.
“And with the ride it brings me full circle to a complete 52 of new and different experiences and challenges. I’m proud of myself for having finished what I started. I’m sure I’ll continue my shenanigans. I just won’t have the objective of one a week. In the upcoming days I will write an overview of my year. But for now, thank you for following my adventures and taking a little trip with me!
The low rider is a little higher
Low rider is a real goer
Low rider is the one to meet, yeah
Low rider don’t drive too fast
Take a little trip and see
Take a little trip, take a little trip
Take a little trip with me