Drive to Dine, Drink, and Demolish

D was more difficult than I imagined it would be. I recruited my husband’s help, on this one – and it’s probably going to get me put on a list, somewhere. But since his suggestion of “dunk a basketball” was met with heavy sighs, eye-rolling, and “you surely know me better than that,” he shifted into high gear and proved he does.

“Drive a Lamborghini?”

“No!” I have visions of denting the damned thing and throwing up in the driver’s seat.

“Drag racing?”

I laughed. Almost tempting, but not really. A few laps around the Daytona 500 – on a slow day? Sure, maybe, why not. No – that’s the most boring 2.5 mile oval ever invented, and after biking around it for 33 miles, I should know. “Nope. What could I drive that’s actually…interesting?”

“Drive a locomotive?”

“Oh, hell yes. But do you think anyone would ever let me do that?” I’m convinced there’s a locomotive driver’s union, somewhere, and this is definitely against their rules. But J.J. seems to think there’s hope… maybe there’s an old steam engine somewhere, on a side track, that gets trotted out for special occasions – so why not? Call it an aspirational goal. And shouldn’t they all be? “But what if they don’t?”

“Destroy? Demolish?”

I narrow my eyes at him. And slowly smile. I imagine pushing the button that touches off the implosion of an old building; shoving down the plunger that blows the TNT to carve a tunnel through the mountain; or taking a sledgehammer or an AK-47 to an old StairMaster. “That could work.”

Other ideas included “dance at a ball during the Salzburg Music Festival,” or “create an exotic signature drink,” or “dine on–” Wait, what weird food have I not tried, yet – that I might actually want to try? I’m open to suggestions. Leave them in the comments!


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit

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14 Responses to “Drive to Dine, Drink, and Demolish”

  1. Rummuser says:

    May be just Driven would have brought out some of the creative juices into play!
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  2. Stephanie says:

    Husbands are sure full of ideas aren’t they? Actually mine really did give me some insight lately for the challenge and I had to admit gratitude 🙂 Great post!

    • Oh, yes – I asked mine for the help. And he did clarify that he meant drag racing on an actual track – my brain went to the local activity that takes place, almost nightly, around 1-2 AM. He never imagined me to think like such a little law-breaker. I could do that. My risk-aversion tends to involve harm to others – I’m actually pretty adventurous if I’m reasonably sure it can’t hurt anyone BUT me.
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  3. Rasheed Hooda

    Cow or goat brains stir fried with fresh onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes and a touch of curry powder.
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    • Sounds yummy, but violates my “no prions” rule. (Or carries a serious risk of prions that I find unacceptable. Brain matter – any species – is therefore out of the running.) But crickets…

      I can’t even claim never to have eaten a bug. I distinctly remember proving my dad right, once, running with my mouth open. I swallowed a fly. But “eat a bug on purpose” could work.
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  4. Mitch Mitchell

    You could always try to drive one of those test vehicles trying to break land speed records. Of course, one of those disintegrated during testing, but… lol
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  5. suzanne says:

    Dance at a ball during the Salzburg Music Festival sounds perfect! x

  6. Nick Wilford says:

    It must be quite satisfying to have a building fall down just by pushing a plunger.

    • I should think so! (Of course, I’d only want to work with an awesome demolition crew to bring down an old building that was MEANT to be brought down! I do want to be very clear about that. LOL) I have to admit, though, it makes me a little sick to my stomach watching building implosion videos in urban areas – I’m always sure something’s going to go horribly wrong and take out the buildings on either side. I think I’m too empathetic, or something, but I always hold my breath and put myself in the shoes of the guy who owns one of those OTHER buildings!

  7. I’d like to take a spin in a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Drag Racing sounds fun. I don’t want to do laps, I’d be too worried about losing control at such a high speed.

    I REALLY want to demolish something. I remember when ABC had that Home Makeover show and the crew would come up with creative ways to destroy the old house. I always wanted to be the one with the sledge hammer taking out walls.

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