Two months ago I purchased a new vehicle; it’s a 2001 AWD Astro Van, and after much uncertainty as to whether I would be able to keep Studley or not, I now know that I can keep him (thank you everyone) and I’m finally ready to introduce you to him:
How he got his name:
I’ve never owned a male vehicle before; all my previous vehicles have been girls. (Don’t worry, I’m not losing it. I imagine that many of you have given your vehicles a name, and sexual preference). Anyhow, a friend and I were admiring my new van and trying to come up with a suitable name because ‘The Van’ is rather impersonal, especially when we spend so much time together and depend on each other so much.
That’s when my friend said, “Well, I think it’s definitely a ‘male’ van, if that helps at all.”
I smiled in amusement, and with a little giggle said, “Ooooh, it’s about time I had a Stud in my life and especially one with knobby tires. He’s a stud with knobby tires,” (instead of knobby knees… LOL…well I think it’s funny).
My friend smiled in amusement and raise one eyebrow at me, and then I just blurted out; “Yes, It’s a very studley looking van indeed… perhaps I’ll name him Studley!”
And so it came to be…
Now Studley is kind of an English term, and the Mirriam-Webster dictionery describes it thus:
simple Definition of studly (or studley)
of a man : very attractive and masculine
And my new van definitely fits that description…heads turn and he receives looks of admiration from women AND men!
I still had to be sure that this name would be acceptable to people though (some people can be terribly prudish), so I tested it out on a few folks of various religious-beliefs, ethnicities, and sexual preferences, age groups and upbringings etc. I introduced him and watched their expression closely. Both men and women seemed to be a little surprised by the name, but once they got over the shock, the best part was that it made them all SMILE.
Big, broad smiles, amused smiles, puzzled smiles, shocked smiles, but smiles non-the-less. Even my sweet, 91-year old, ex-landlady produced a bemused smile, which made the wrinkles around her eyes deepen, and then caused her to let out a little giggle! And when one guy mentioned that when I said ‘Studley’ with my English accent, it sounded extra interesting, I was sold!
So please say Hi to Studley, and watch for us down the road. The first three letters on my license plate is RQJ – short for ~ Roxy’s Quintessential Journey! Quirky journey? quaint journey? (Nah)…okay, so I’m still working on that….
I will still be posting the rest of my travels in Mitzi up to the end of July 2016, when her journey ended (may she RIP and may her parts be recycled to help other vehicles continue their adventures)…but any travels from August on, will be in Studley.
Looking forward to the journey and whatever it holds, and hoping you’ll join us.
Roxy ~ A Nomad for Nature