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Trifextra Week Fifty-Two: The Car

Ohboyohboyohboy!!! This was fun πŸ™‚ The Trifextra challenge this week points us back to literary devices. And today, kiddies, the word is “personification.” Below is my entry, entitled, “The Car;” for all 70’s Saturday afternoon creep show fans, this is for us!

“Evil has visited the Earth in many forms:” If still alive, tyrannosaurs would envy its teeth; the throaty growl of its engine makes grown men cry. Beneath a black coat, its muscles ripple.


  1. joetwo January 25, 2013 5:40 pm

    My god! That movie looks so bad it is good!

    • AR Neal January 25, 2013 5:44 pm

      “The Car” is my all-time most-favorite film. Ever. I want a car like that SO BAD and if not, then I want the horn for my little sedan. As an aside, this beast was crafted by none other than Barris Kustom, maker of the Batmobile πŸ™‚ http://www.barris.com/carsgallery/tvmovie/thecar.php

  2. Gretchen January 25, 2013 5:49 pm

    Love it. Men will love this! …the muscles ripple – so visual!

    • AR Neal January 25, 2013 5:51 pm

      πŸ™‚ Us women folk don’t mind a few rippling muscles either πŸ™‚

  3. jwilliams057 January 25, 2013 9:07 pm

    Creepy and slightly campy, but only in the best way of course. πŸ™‚

    • AR Neal January 25, 2013 9:30 pm

      Yes, of course!! πŸ™‚

  4. atrm61 January 25, 2013 11:00 pm

    Marvelous!love it Neal!

    • AR Neal January 25, 2013 11:03 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ And you can call me Andree’ (that’s my first name…Neal is my last name. I go by AR Neal online because people always want to assume, with a name like Andree’, that I am a dude; I am simply the recipient of cosmopolitan parents who thought the French female derivation of a name was hip back in the 60s) πŸ™‚

      • atrm61 January 25, 2013 11:09 pm

        Lol !That’s cute-I understand your predicament for I always had to add Mrs.to my name while working cos ppl thought I was a male!GN from me now Andree’-pleased to meet “you”:-)

        • AR Neal January 25, 2013 11:13 pm

          Yes! For sure! I often have added “Mrs.” but it didn’t deter people sometimes…and then it became even harder after I got my EdD, so the post would come with Dr. on it for me and people always assumed I was a man. Sigh. πŸ™‚

          • atrm61 January 25, 2013 11:14 pm

            Poor u-frustrating too & esp when you have a beautiful name!!

          • AR Neal January 25, 2013 11:17 pm

            Thank you πŸ™‚ If I had been a boy, I would have been Andrew (hence the whole Andree’ thing)…dad really wanted a boy. But in the end, I think he was fairly okay with how I turned out. πŸ™‚

          • atrm61 January 26, 2013 7:14 am

            Am sure he is damn proud of you:-)

          • AR Neal January 26, 2013 3:37 pm

            I trust that he smiles occasionally from the Great Beyond; he moved on over 18 years ago…

          • atrm61 January 26, 2013 6:46 pm

            Oh,am sorry to hear that-I lost mine about recently-2011 & as you know my Mom before that in 2010-but I agree with you-those who love us,do keep an eye on our well being & bless us with their smiles from time to time:-)

          • AR Neal January 26, 2013 8:49 pm

            I completely agree. I stand with you also in sorrow, as well as a spirit of hope, regarding your losses…

          • atrm61 January 27, 2013 10:39 am

            Thank you so much Andree’ {I hope I spelled your name correctly-if not,my apologies-my memory is really losing its sheen:-(}

          • AR Neal January 27, 2013 6:09 pm

            Oh yes, you spelled it correctly! I completely understand about memory…mine fades from time to time also πŸ™‚

          • atrm61 January 27, 2013 8:46 pm

            Ha!ha!we definitely are related then;-)

          • AR Neal January 28, 2013 2:00 am


  5. Tom MacInnes (@cobourgcobbie) January 26, 2013 3:02 am

    If it is ok with you, I’ll just call you CHAMP! Congratulations on this week’s win. Your writing merits such praise. As for this post, campy is definitely the nicest word to be said for that movie! OMG it is so awful. The terrified horse’s eye close up slays me! Anyway, thanks for an uplifting, funny bit of writing. I enjoyed this a lot!

    • AR Neal January 26, 2013 6:35 am

      (curtsies) Glad to make you smile! A favorite scene, speaking of the horse’s eye is the weird upside down guy shot when the car drops down onto the parade track…classic ‘special effects’!

  6. barbara January 26, 2013 3:28 am

    bwahhahahahahaha! How have I missed this movie? Hubbymoose is the GREATEST in bringing home “B” movies and i think this would fit right in with his “stinker” list.

    Your piece, however? perfect! πŸ™‚

    • AR Neal January 26, 2013 6:36 am

      Thank you Barbara! If hubbymoose has not brought this cinematic treasure home, send him out post-haste to seek it:)

  7. jannatwrites January 26, 2013 4:37 am

    I like ‘throaty growl’ and the muscles rippling under the black coat. Very nice!

    • AR Neal January 26, 2013 6:37 am

      Thank you!

  8. humanTriumphant January 26, 2013 12:37 pm

    very strong imagery – if you hadn’t said evil, I would’ve thought, for certain, it was a sports car πŸ˜‰

    • AR Neal January 26, 2013 3:39 pm

      (cheesy grin) While I love sportscars too, nothing beats a ’71 Mark III!

  9. Draug419 January 26, 2013 3:07 pm

    Oooo I love the rippling muscles of the car <3

    • AR Neal January 26, 2013 3:40 pm

      It is fitting to the film particularly; there are a few scenes where the car is idling, and the only thing the image suggests is rippling muscles!

  10. deanabo January 26, 2013 4:33 pm

    Very good!

    • AR Neal January 26, 2013 5:00 pm

      Thank you!

  11. Suzanne January 26, 2013 8:03 pm

    This is great! Such a fabulous use of personification – love the rippling muscles and the throaty growl!

    • AR Neal January 26, 2013 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much!

  12. KymmInBarcelona January 27, 2013 12:17 am


    • AR Neal January 27, 2013 3:27 am


  13. steph January 27, 2013 12:20 am

    Funny, and great use of the device. Evil growl and rippling muscles – terrific.

    • AR Neal January 27, 2013 3:27 am

      Thank you Steph!

  14. Sandra January 27, 2013 7:48 am

    A beautifully graphic piece. Well done.

    • AR Neal January 27, 2013 6:07 pm

      Thank you!

  15. tedstrutz January 27, 2013 9:39 pm

    Good throaty rumbles… and rippling muscle car. I had a GTO once… I can relate… good one!

    • AR Neal January 28, 2013 2:08 am

      Yes, my dream is to have a ’71 Mark III as well as maybe a early to mid-70s Plymouth Fury police model πŸ™‚

  16. Renee TennisMcKinley (@2old2tap) January 28, 2013 1:20 am

    Evil or not, I miss the old cars. And I love the line “throaty growl”

    • AR Neal January 28, 2013 2:08 am

      Thanks, Renee!

    • AR Neal January 28, 2013 3:29 pm


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