Woohoo…I got my new car July 7, 2021!!! Jumping up and down with joy.
This is my first new car in 33-years. Brand spanking new with no other owner. It had exactly 163 miles on it when I purchased it. I’ve already added an additional 1,262 miles. It only took me 18-months to research and decide on the car I would get. Granted the pandemic had a little to do with the delay as I didn’t want to purchase a new car only for it to sit in the drive way. And I’ll admit, it took me a few extra months to wrap my head around the fact that I was buying an SUV when I’ve been driving nothing but sports cars for the past 40 years. I won’t bore you with my slight identity crisis or the details of the long talks with myself on how I was no longer young and I was crossing into a new era in my life. Yea…okay…I’ll admit there was also another month of self-reflection and self-discussions/arguments; hell, I was having a mid-life crisis backward—trying to age myself instead of getting younger—from sports car to SUV. Ultimately, the SUV won as I want to be able to do more, travel more, and sleep more comfortably in my new car during future “Cookie Runs”—what I lovingly call my road trips. You never realize just how tiny sports cars are until you try to have sex in one or try to sleep in them during a road trip. Plus, we needed something to be able to drive members of Cancer Tamer around when we go on trips or they need a ride to the doctors.
Anyway, I purchased a new 2021 Subaru Forester in July and it’s literally had a glorious impact on my life. I’ve named it Kore-Bob. Thus far, I’ve enjoyed several adventures, one heartache, and went on one Cookie Run. Comically, the technology is so new and foreign to me, I’ve actually had to read the Owner’s Manual to know how some features work. I’m so delighted every time I discover something new it does. Hey, the oldest car I had was made in 2000, the only “power” anything it had was power windows. (Chuckles.) Anyway, my Forester came equipped with Sirius XM Radio, Apple Play, and my new favorite app, Chimani which provides National Parks & Points of Interest Near Me. OMG, I’m in love with this program! It’s why I started traveling and exploring around my area, had to take Kore-Bob for a ride. Now, we go out almost every weekend exploring something new. Wait till I tell you about the National Parks PassPort book. And of course, my sister Liza loves for me to drive her around and she plans other outings for us. That’s fabulous. I love my new baby. I’ll share our adventures as we go so be sure to check back often. Best of all, feel free to join us on our upcoming adventures. I’ll post them ahead of time. Email us if you want to meet up at the site or are local (New York City/Staten Island area) and need a ride.
Yes, there are rules when getting in the car. I point to them often to my sister as she’s a “side-seat nervous co-pilot.” Yes, unfortunately she’s constantly breaking the rules but I still love her; and no, I don’t make her walk home although I do jokingly threaten her often. chuckles.
In anticipation of two very important questions some of you will ask:
Why the name Kore-Bob?
It’s a long/short story. Kore in honor of the Crete Goddess who predated the Greek Goddess Persephone by 3,000 years. Legend is Kore “chose” to enter the underworld (aka Hell) to help the souls she’d found while exploring a cave. When she asked her mother, Demeter who took care of those souls, Demeter told her no one did and she was busy making things grow to help. Thus, Kore chose to help them. This is significant as in the Greek version Persephone is “forced/kidnapped” and taken into the Underworld. As a therapist and the work I do advocating for women with breast cancer, it’s like entering a cave and bringing the souls back into the life—awakening them to the possibilities. For me personally, purchasing Kore-Bob felt like an awakening after five years of dealing with breast cancer; awakening to who I used to be—someone who was adventurous and daring and full of life. And Bob, in memory of my brother who died tragically on May 13, 2018 and was instrumental in me being able to purchase this vehicle at this time.
What’s a Cookie Run?
In 2012, I got tired of everything and quite my job and decided to move to Taos, New Mexico. I’d never been to New Mexico and don’t really recall why I chose that location. Anyway, one night, I jumped in my car, banged on the doors of Perkins Restaurant at 11:00 pm at night shortly after they closed; yep, banged on the door until they opened and sold me two big sugar cookies with colored sprinkles. I ate the first cookie in Indiana and the second cookie in Texas after circling around New Mexico. Now that Cookie Run was amazing. I explored the Anasazi Indians caves and even had a run-in with a black bear. Even so my Army buddy for the first time in 22-years. Went to an Old Wild West movie set town. And sang country songs for hours. So many fun memories I have of that trip.
Live with passion,
Dr. Charley Ferrer
Breast Cancer Advocate
CEO, Cancer Tamer Foundation