Incongruous: Cars and Trucks: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

© irene waters 2020

These two vehicles are two worlds apart, mismatched…incongruous. The truck we saw in Vietnam – a three wheeler that probably cost its owner a huge fortune but he had no choice as he needed it to earn the paltry salary that possibly fed not only his own family but his extended one. We would call it a rusted, worn out rattletrap that we wouldn’t give you tuppence for yet I’m sure it gives his owner status in his society.

© irene waters 2020

The owner of this car already has status. He is a specialist at Sunshine Coast University Hospital and all I can say is there must be money in hearts because at a minimum this car sells for over $500,000. By percentage of salary it probably is the same as the truck owner in Vietnam – the only difference being one is essential and one is for fun.

© irene waters 2020

We also have a new car which doesn’t give us any status but is an essential. We sold our two cars to buy this small SUV and feel justified as we got it for a very good price – half of what they are now selling for. You just have to be lucky and get in at the right moment. MG hasn’t had a presence in Australia so to introduce the car they made them a very good price, gave 7 years warranty and roadside service. At first we were lucky to see another one a week (not counting Doc Martin where the taxi is an MG) but now we see one at least every couple of days. It was essential for us as Roger was finding it difficult to get into either of our other cars having to throw himself in sideways and hoping for the best. This car has good height and is easy to get in and out of plus the dogs are in the back so we always have room for passengers without them having to sit on sand, and the wetness the dogs bring from the river.

Thanks Cee for Cee’s Fun Foto where you asked us to show anything about cars and trucks.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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6 Responses to Incongruous: Cars and Trucks: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Irene, thanks so much for playing along, your photos are so great 😀

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    Somehow, I don’t find it comforting that a heart specialist would drive such an expensive vanity car. Interesting thoughts and photos, Irene!

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  3. Laughing about sitting with the sandy dogs. How about if we leave that job to the teenagers?

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