Friday, August 19, 2005



Harvey's Story

In case some of my newer readers haven't figured it out, Harvey is my car. He is a 1988 Buick century that I've had for two years, and the inspiration for my web address (the rest of it is that some people call me Nellie, hence Nellie's Harvey, shortened to nellsharvey.) Harvey's part of a lot of my stories, and he deserves to have his told.



My first car was a green Taurus, creatively named the Taurinator by my sister. It was a decent car, but after I, uh, put it out of commission, my grandfather reclaimed the Buick he still owned from my uncle and gave it to me. He thought I'd be safer in a bigger car anyway. Much of Harvey's former life had been spent living quietly in the mountains, never having to use the A.C., getting a brand-new engine, his biggest challenge going up the hill every day. But now, he was mine.

Everyone asks me, why Harvey? And the answer is, I don't know any better than you do. I knew he was a male, but what to call him? I toyed with Vernon, after both my grandfather and uncle, but decided three Vernons would be too confusing. And then one day it just came to me- Harvey. I think that was his name all along, it's just that no none had ever listened. So we settled into a comfortable existence. I got used to driving a behemoth of a car, and Harvey got used to being driven by a girl. But I was soon to find out how strong a character he really was.

Halloween 2003. I'd already promised my friends Katie and Meka that they could go with me to Janna's party. Enter Meka's obnoxious friend Brandon from high school- "No, Meka, y'all can all come and we'll do him a costume." Driving down the interstate to Party City, Brandon in the backseat with Katie, complaining about everything "You drive too slow. Where are we? What kind of music is this anyway?" "It's my car, and I like Christian music." And then the Christian music starts getting louder. Well, maybe it's just a big moment in the song. But then louder...and louder...and louder. Finally Brandon can't take it. "Stop doing that! Why are you DOING that?" I smile smugly and say, "I'm not touching it." Meka chimes in, "Yeah, Brandon, she's not doing it." I repeat, "I'm not touching it. The car just doesn't like you."

That effectively sealed the deal, and Harvey has proven himself to be a fierce defender- heaven forbid someone else tries to drive him. Logic would seem to say that I would want a newer car, maybe with some nice features like a CD player. Or a cupholder. But this one's mine, and anyone who knows me, knows he's mine. And those who don't, well, they probably think it belongs to some old Republican dude and are usually surprised to see a cute innocent girl behind the wheel. But I don't care. Cause as long as we last, Harvey and I, we'll be rolling through life together.

59 Comments:

At 8/19/2005 08:40:00 PM, Blogger Nettie said...

Y'all let me know if the new system doesn't work...

 
At 8/19/2005 08:52:00 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

Ok...this comment has nothing to do with the post.

I had your blog bookmarked. I came to it everyday faithfully since July 21st. That was the last entry I read. I thought, gee she isn't writing much, has been nearly a month without a new post. Oh well. Then, I made my grand discovery, and boy do I feel stupid!!!!

I had bookmarked the page that shows the comments to the posts. It has the post at the top, which is what I saw and was thinking it was the right spot.

Boy, I've got a lot of catching up to do! LOL...now that I have this cleared up, I will be back and actually READ new posts! LOL

 
At 8/19/2005 08:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 8/19/2005 08:56:00 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Nettie you are brilliant, I can't believe that you just saved the entire blog world in one swoop. Now you are equipped to take over the world brain.

 
At 8/19/2005 08:57:00 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

But, guess what? I don't think that linky do will work anymore! We'll have to wait until the link king comes by to try some I guess.

 
At 8/19/2005 08:58:00 PM, Blogger John said...

nettie, this is a brilliant post, I loved it, don't ever get rid of Harvey, he's way too cool! :)

GBYAY

 
At 8/19/2005 09:06:00 PM, Blogger Dragon the Reindeer said...

Hmmm. I wish I was old enough to have a car...heh heh. Nice name, I couldn't have thought of anything better!

 
At 8/19/2005 09:53:00 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

I was all excited about the spam block I forgot to read about Harvey. He sounds so cool, I wish I could meet him. But I know I will someday in heaven.

 
At 8/19/2005 11:46:00 PM, Blogger Marla Bean said...

I never named any of my cars. I had a Geo Tracker in high school and college. My friends only called it the Barbie Jeep, but that's because it looked like one. Not too original. I tried to name the Tracker's predecessor, the Saturn, but didn't come up with anything cool there, either. Now I have an SUV and that's not much to say about it other than that it's a gas monster. Boring life of cars on my end. At least we can live vicariously through Harvey.

 
At 8/20/2005 12:40:00 AM, Blogger Cori said...

I want a Harvey too! Everyone should have a Harvey!

 
At 8/20/2005 01:19:00 AM, Blogger Anti-Blogger said...

I thought Harvey was a giant rabbit?

 
At 8/20/2005 01:33:00 AM, Blogger Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I love him already.

 
At 8/20/2005 03:01:00 AM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

My Dad called his car, Betsy.' In fact, he called all of his cars Betsy!
My car doesn't have a name yet. I just got her a week ago. Maybe something gypsyish......
Any suggestions?
She's a snow white Lumina.

 
At 8/20/2005 07:38:00 AM, Blogger Live, Love, Laugh said...

sent here by Joe. Great post, I don't think I ever had a car named a guy's name, don't know why either! lol!!

 
At 8/20/2005 10:07:00 AM, Blogger Beast7 said...

Last year, with the younguns both moved for what we hope would be the last time, we decided it was time to divest ourselves of the monstrous, extended lenghth Dodge Caravan we had been using as the missus' daily driver. This decision was aided by the coming of age of a CD I had bought ten years before with money my Papaw Leroy had left me. His wife, my beloved Mamaw Ruby, passed away a couple of years back. With this windfall, we were able to pay off the van and trade it in on two vehicles, a new 2004 Silver Saturn Ion for the missus, and a pewter 2001 GMC Sonoma pickup for me. Their names: I drive Leroy, Missus Beast7 drives Ruby. Give a car a name, and a personality develops. I had a 79 Volare named Dino (after Dean Martin, who sang the song of course) that was the fastest thing around.

Roll on, Harvey.

 
At 8/20/2005 11:46:00 AM, Blogger mrsd said...

Give a car a name, and a personality develops.

Is this why we name humans and pets? :D

Nettie,
I enjoyed this posting very much!

 
At 8/20/2005 11:55:00 AM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Well, you're not some "old Republican dude", but you're Republican. And we can all see you're cute.

But "innocent"? Come on...

And, OBTW, the new comment system is fine. Anything to keep Darl...I mean, the spambots away.

 
At 8/20/2005 02:17:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

OK, having now read Darlene's comment about "linky-do" not working, let me just try a little experiment here.

 
At 8/20/2005 02:17:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Seems Linky-Do voodoo will still work...

 
At 8/20/2005 04:04:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Nettie, I think Harvey is a great name. It reminds me of the invisible rabbit in the James Stewart movie by the same name.
My daughter's first car was named the Brown Beast. It did it's job and got her back and forth to school. When she went off to college she inherited my old Mazda 626. That was more of a road worthy car and it lasted a long time.
Good luck with your Harvey.

 
At 8/20/2005 07:35:00 PM, Blogger Eddo said...

I like the name Harvery for a car, it has a nice ring to it...

 
At 8/20/2005 08:13:00 PM, Anonymous alice said...

That story was so cute!

I know a lot of women, who name their cars. More then men.

How is the new system working?

 
At 8/20/2005 08:28:00 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

The fan people couldn't seem to get their link to work, I guess they don't have the experience that Linky-Do does.

 
At 8/20/2005 08:40:00 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

ok missy, and how exactly do you know he's a male!!!!!!
i wouldn't have thought you to be the type to check under his hood

 
At 8/21/2005 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

A car HAS to have a name!
How else are you going to curse it out when it won't start?

 
At 8/21/2005 01:15:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Better: you look at the exhaust pipe to tell the gender.

 
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