In the hunt for a ve­hi­cle

Look­ing for a car, truck, SUV, etc., for the ATCO Ed­mon­ton Sun Christ­mas Char­ity Auc­tion

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - ctait@post­media.com @cam­tait CAM TAIT

I’ve never been se­ri­ous about get­ting a ve­hi­cle. Un­til now.

A good rea­son why, per­haps, is be­cause I’ve never had a driver’s li­cense. I live with cere­bral palsy and op­er­at­ing a motor ve­hi­cle isn’t prac­ti­cal.but, I have driven. Sure I have.

Just ask my cousin Glenn Tait about that sum­mer evening when he put me be­hind the wheel of his green Mus­tang in a Saskatchewan pas­ture that had more up and downs than an amuse­ment ride at the near­est coun­try fair. Only, I didn’t know that.

So, I floored the Green Ma­chine. Heads hit the roof. The en­gine made a sound I never heard be­fore.

“Ah, Cam,” Glenn said, hang­ing onto the dash­board. “You might want to slow down a touch. My uni­ver­sal might not take much more.”

I squeezed the steer­ing wheel as tight as I could, ad­justed my favourite base­ball cap, and in­no­cently asked: “What’s an uni­ver­sal?”

So safe to say — and for count­less driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans — I’ve never owned a car, truck, SUV or mo­tor­cy­cle.

I’ve also been ve­hi­cle shop­ping.

But there’s al­ways time for a cel­e­brated first, right boss?

Now, I need to make one thing ab­so­lutely per­fectly clear: the ve­hi­cle hunt I am cur­rently on isn’t for me.

If you can be­lieve it or not it could be for you.

Nic Good — known as The Good Guy, you know — and I had a meet­ing Fri­day to brain­storm ideas for the ATCO Ed­mon­ton Sun Christ­mas Char­ity Auc­tion, set to siz­zle the in­ter­net this fall. I gave him my wish list. “There are only two an­swers,” Nic said. “Yes or no.

“But, we’ll never know the an­swers un­less we ask.”

You may have no­ticed we’ve been talk­ing about the auc­tion quite frequently lately. And even though it’s a few months away, we want to do ev­ery­thing we can to raise as much money as we can for the Christ­mas Bureau, Adopt-a-teen and Catholic So­cial Ser­vices.

Be­cause we know the needs of the com­mu­nity are go­ing to be high this fes­tive sea­son … and, we want to do ev­ery­thing we can to make sure as many folks as pos­si­ble can en­joy Christ­mas.

We’re al­ready at 105 items, and we have our eyes on se­cur­ing 195 more to give us the best pos­si­ble chance to raise $135,000.

So, wouldn’t it be cool if one of our items was a ve­hi­cle?

A car?

A truck?

A SUV?

A van? A mo­tor­cy­cle?

It sure would be … won­der­ful.

And here’s the neat thing: if you are plan­ning to pur­chase a ve­hi­cle this fall, you could through the auc­tion and make a sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity in­vest­ment.

If you have any thoughts or ideas or leads, my email is ctait@post­media.com.

Call me crazy. But the heat gives me all kinds of dif­fer­ent of ideas.

I prom­ise I will not, un­der any cir­cum­stance, take it for a test drive.

That uni­ver­sal thing has me rather spooked.

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