Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Cressida City

My friend Ernest has just lost his car. He had nursed it through 200 000km. He had serviced it regularly, polished it lovingly, and treasured its spacious interior. His family had spent many happy hours being transported to school/church/sport/sight-seeing trips. And then some thieving opportunist claimed it for his/her own. And he is heartbroken. Well Ernest, I know where it is. It is in Cressida City.

Because Gugulethu, just opposite the Cape Town Airport, is home to the Toyota Cressida. There are hundreds of them. They come in every colour and in varying states of disrepair.. They populate the car wash entrepreneurs, idle alongside the roads, and park in every conceivable driveway and open space. Their drivers create their own set of road rules. They crawl the curbs, climb the sidewalks, speed through red traffic lights, and stop without warning.

I was in Gugulethu today, and found myself out of my depth. Because I stopped for a red traffic light, and discovered cars (Cressidas) hooting at me to move along. I indicated a turn and had to avoid cars (Cressidas) overtaking me on the inside lane. I politely waited for the vehicle ahead of me to move forward in the queue, and was overtaken by a car (ok C…) who thought it quicker to cross the barrier line and both myself and the cars ahead of me and push in further ahead.

So I have had an epiphany. To get ahead I need a Toyota Cressida!
Now my father has one locked in his garage in Silvermine Village. Perhaps….

4 comments:

digitaldion said...

You're better off on your Triumph!

However, if you want real style, reliability, and [insert any other flattering term here], then you need to get yourself a.....


VESPA!

Wessel Bentley said...

When you take a drive through Mamelodi, it is quite weird to see how many people drive white VW Golfs. Guess what car is the most stolen, sorry, sought after in the Tshwane region...

digitaldion said...

I tell you, crime is worse and worse out here!

On Monday Bryanston Methodist was held up at gunpoint, yesterday I believe it was Sinnoville, last night Neville a.k.a. the Captain) had his cellphone removed at gunpoint outside Wesley Methodist (and was pushed to the ground grazing his arm), and on Friday Calvary Methodist was robbed...

It is a sad state of affairs.

The Fridge Elf said...

I once drove a Cressida (with tinted windows) down to Sedgefield. Overnighted in Beauford West. Tried cross the N2 from the Filling Station to the Guest house. The N2 was busy and I saw a gap...then some local (who would traditionally be a part of the racial group who hates the other racial group who are known to drive Cressida's with tinted windows) came speeding up. He had a gun and I pooed myself. We drove around and around trying to lose him, he eventually sped past us screaming "Jou v*ken Kaffer". Interesting what situations assumption can create...so perhaps you don't want a Cressida.

He he he