Boomer Broads (Killer B’s) may remember a song from the late 50’s called “The Little Nash Rambler and the Cadillac”. It describes the humiliation of the driver of an expensive, high-powered Cadillac whose ego is shattered when overtaken on the road by a little Nash Rambler, a fifties version of the SmartCar. In today’s world it’s Honda Civics that are overtaking us on the road and that’s not a good thing.

King of the Road and soon to be conquered.
King of the Road and soon to be conquered.

It seems to me that every arsehole on the highway who is dangerously jumping lanes to gain precious inches or tailgating in speeding traffic is always driving a Honda Civic. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest that the driver is a sunglass-wearing male, in his 20’s, with the driver’s seat tilted back to an angle that makes even seeing the road a challenge, which I suppose helps disguise the fact they’re texting while driving. And his car stereo can be heard clear from Toronto to Vancouver.  Is there something in the Honda Civic owner’s manual that stipulates that their vehicles must be driven at death-defying speeds or the warranty is voided? Are Civics that maneuverable and finely tuned that no other car can match its dexterity and nimbleness?

Gotta get me one of these signs.
Gotta get me one of these signs.

I genuinely try to be conscientious about obeying traffic rules. I’m considerate and yield when someone wants to get into my lane   and I do not tailgate, unlike most men I know. I only drive in the outside passing lane when I’m actually passing and I do not hesitate to correct my friends when they do not do the same . That’s probably why they love me so much. There’s nothing more endearing than having a friend in the passenger seat to point out their driving infractions.

Those Honda Civic drivers, however, will be the death of me and I’m afraid, literally. When they misbehave on the road as they are wont to do, I want to drive my little old lady SUV right up their hatchbacks and park on their windshields until they feel the full weight of my wrath.

Perhaps the solution is to make it illegal to sell Honda Civics to anyone under the age of 50. If Baby Boomers were the only eligible

Don't mess with Killer B's. We're not to be trifled with.
Don’t mess with Killer B’s. We’re only in second gear.

qualified buyers then I could cruise peacefully along the 401, 407 or QEW listening to my Bob Dylan anthology without fear of being bumper-car’d off the road. Or—I have an even better idea. Let’s lobby Honda to market Civics to boomers exclusively and make them available in one colour only—Mary Kay pink. If they ran commercials with old ladies like me tooting off to our book club meetings and mani-pedi appointments driving a Honda Civic, perhaps they would lose their cachet. After all, we are surely a demographic larger than the 20-somethings. A spinoff benefit would be fewer thefts. Honda Civics are the most frequently stolen vehicle on the market. What self-respecting dude would want to steal or even be seen driving a pink car associated with old Boomer Broads. Beep beep, beep beep.

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I think Anonymous was my Ex.

  2. Hey …. I drive a Honda Civic !!

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