(Gloria) "Hey dad, Michael and I would like to talk to you and mom about an important decision we've made."
(Archie) "Okay little girl, just give me a minute to get settled here in my favorite chair and let's hear what you and meathead have come up with this time. I hope it has something to do with finally moving into your own place."
(Gloria) "Daddy, Michael got a new job teaching at the Carnegie Institute branch here in New York."
(Edith) "Isn't this wonderful Archie, we now have professor in our family."
(Archie) "Wait a minute Edith, there's more to this announcement and I hope it's good news."
(Michael) "Well Archie, we need to borrow some money to purchase this car my friend is selling, he wants only $800.00.
A terrific buy, he's moving to California."
(Archie) "What the hell do you need a car for, we have plenty of transportation here in New York, streetcars, buses, subways - they call it public transportation and I help paid for it."
(Gloria) "Listen daddy, Michael needs this car to get to work on time and part of his job is visiting other institutes of higher learning to lecture; he can't rely on public transportation."
(Edith) "That makes sense Archie, remember your first car with the
rumble seat, we sure had fun in that rumble seat, don't you remember."
(Archie) "Shut up Edith, we not talking about rumble, bumble seats, let's keep this discussion about them, not us."
(Edith) "You know Archie purchased this car with his buddy's Henry just to have some way to drive out to Buggy's Roadhouse on Route 8. They both chipped in $200.00 to buy it. Archie wanted to impress me, so he shined up the car and it was spotless in and out when he came to pick me up. He finally decided he wanted the car for himself and paid off Henry. He parked the car in the family driveway. Archie sure took care of that car, but he didn't know how to take care of the engine, like checking the water and oil. Soon the motor froze up and the car just sat in the driveway, just looking in top condition, but never to run again."
(Archie) "I loved that car, but I couldn't afford to fix the engine, remember the country was in a depression. I'll tell you what, let me buy the car and I can use it on the weekends."
(Michael) "That's find Arch, but you need to get your drivers license again, take a written and drivers test, and buy car insurance. You sure you want to go through all of this? How about I purchase the car in my name, give you the title to hold until we move out.
I'll drive you and mom on weekends to anywhere you want to go."
(Archie) "That a great idea. Let's to and take a look at this car of yours."
(Edith) "Archie, maybe the car has a rumble seat just like your original car. Wouldn't that be great. I sure loved that rumble seat.
Maybe tonight we can pretend we're back in your old car's rumble seat."
(Archie) "Gee Edith, will you stop with the rumble seat, can't you see we have some serious business here."
"Those were the days."
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