“I’m telling you, these are the best doughnuts in town,” my Florida friend claims.
“You know I don’t like doughnuts,” I whine. We haven’t seen each other in several years. Once roomies in college, now decades later Sue lives in FL and I live a thousand miles away. Finally, I find a break from work to visit her for three days. And she wants me to drive with her to a new doughnut shop.
The day is stormy and cool, not what I expect from a Florida winter break. Sue drives slowly and rather erratically in her SUV.
“Um, are driving rules different here?” I ask, putting my foot on the imaginary break as she pulls a hard right into a parking lot.
“Absolutely!” Sue shouts. The rain is pounding the roof of her car. “No one drives civilly out here – and those are the good drivers. Most of the others are older than 80 and can’t see above their steering wheels.”
I smile at Sue’s hyperbole, something she was known for in college. But just as she’s about to swing her car into a parking space, a low, black sports car shoots in front of Sue’s SUV and takes her spot.
Sue spits out words that I never learned, even in college.
“Calm down,” I suggest as I point to a parking spot 10 cars down. “Karma will take care of it.”
“But we’ll get soaked,” Sue complains, thunder and lightning emphasizing her words.
As we run toward the shop we notice Mr. Cocky Hot Rod climb out of his low-slung seat. Sue opens her mouth to shout some vulgarity but I place my hand over it. At the same time we stop short, staring at a large white Cadillac with seemingly no passenger roar into the parking lot and turn directly into the space occupied by the black sports car.
The crash is louder than thunder.
Hot Rod Man bellows. His car appears totaled. A little old lady struggles out of her driver’s seat, looking bewildered.
“See?” I smirk to Sue. “Karma.”
Then the two of us run into the store and order a half dozen just-out-of-the-oven doughnuts.
My roomie is right. Best doughnuts I’ve ever tasted.
Short two-week blogging break ahead, in which I hope to burn off those doughnut calories!