Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jed Tells All


By Jed Denison as told to Denise Swanson

My name is Jed Denison and I just want to make one thing clear, this whole blogging thing seems a tick foolish to me. The only reason I’m doing this is that my daughter Skye asked me to, and I’d do anything for that girl. But believe you me; this'll be short and sweet. She said you all wanted to know about me since I’m not around too much in her books. The reason for that is that just before the first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey, came out Skye’s biographer, Denise Swanson, lost her own dad, and it took a long time before she was able to write about me without crying.

Okay. Let’s get this over with. I’m a farmer, and I think a person’s yard says a lot about them, so my lawn is always cut, the leaves are always raked, and the snow is always shoveled. I like to fish, and I pretend to like to hunt, but really Chocolate, my brown lab, and me just go walk around, shoot off the shotgun a few times, and call it a day. I only do it to keep my brother, Wiley, off my back. I don’t really like to kill animals unless I’m going to eat them, and Ma refuses to cook venison.

My real hobby is tinkering with cars. I used to be a diesel mechanic for a big factory outside of town, but when it closed I took early retirement. I spend most of my time in the garage keeping a safe distance from my wife, May. That woman can talk your ear off and find more dagum hoops for a man to jump through than the hooptydoo government.

The best car I ever worked on was the one I fixed up for Skye—a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible. She looks like a princess driving it and that’s exactly how she should always be treated. Are you listening, boys—Wally, Simon, whoever the heck she picks?

So, which car is your favorite? One in your past or one you dream of owning someday?

---Murder of a Bookstore Babe, is the next adventure Jed will have a few words in. It will be out March 1, 2011

25 comments:

  1. The convertible sounds like quite a car!

    I love my Buick Skyhawk from my college days. :)

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  2. I'd like any antique car, the older the better, and you living next door, Jed, to keep it running.

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  3. :)Jed love that car and u sound like an awesome dad

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  4. My dream car is a 64 candy apple red convertible mustang.

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  5. I'm not that much into cars. Am about to get a new (new to me) one, though. Mine is 11 years old and dying a slow death. I'm rather attached to it, though, and hate to see it go.

    Good to see you, Jed! And can't wait to read Bookstore Babe!

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  6. What a great dad. I like a man who walks in the woods with his dog. Says a lot about him.

    I think I'd like to have a vintage car. The kind that I could restore and tinker with. Not that I don't like all the bells and whistles and automatic newfangled things, but there was something so solid and real about cars when I was a boy.

    Hope to see more of you, Jed.

    ~ Paul Bauer
    (Sophie Bauer Winston's dad)
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

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  7. Glad to finally hear from Jed you are a good dad. I too am looking forward to reading Murder of a Bookstore Babe.

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  8. My 14-year-old can't wait to drive our '93 Chrysler LeBaron (cherry red with white top) convertible. (We'll wait to see about that. :) ) And I can't wait to hear more from Jed and see who Skye picks!

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  9. I loved my first car...a 1965 maroon Mustang. I would love to find one and have it restored.

    Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, Denise!

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  10. I loved driving my Dad's 67 Mustang. Wanted to buy my Aunt's 65 Mustang but she would not sell it to me.

    Good to meet you Jed.

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  11. I love the oldies too. My dad loves '57 Chevey's and he used to take me to car shows when I was little. Yep him and my mom would dress me and my 2 sisters up in poodle skirts and all. So much fun!!!

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  12. I really liked those Thunderbirds when they were out... aqua would be my choice. But... in the real world I think I'd like a new Honda Odyssey. I really love the one I have, but I know it won't last forever. How boring, huh?

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  13. Jed is one of my favorite Scumble River people! I loved my old 1979 Ford Thunderbird, except that MY dad ordered it in Light Jade Green; by the time I started driving it in 1986, it was decidedly uncool. Someday, I'd still love to have a little 2-seater sportscar, but that will now have to wait until the kids are grown!

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  14. Jed, I know you said you think this blogging thing is foolish but you did very well. I think it is a wonderful idea. Great job!

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  15. Jed, it's nice to really make your acquaintance. I always knew I'd like you. Skye is lucky to have you.

    I've never really had a dream car, except when I was 13. I really wanted a Chevy Malibu. I had to buy a new car four months ago, and with no other real car preference, I bought a Malibu. Glad I did; it suits me fine, and it's fun to drive what I used to dream of way back then.

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  16. Jed -- I loved my first car - it was a bright yellow Spitfire. I can't remember what happened to it now which is a bit worrying ...

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  17. My favorite car is one that doesn't cost me an arm & a leg to keep running. I would like a car that you can fit 4 carseats & boosters for grandkids, but not be a minivan.

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  18. my dream car is a mercedes gullwing 1957, the year I was born. or a 60's jaguar xke convertible. now if I could just win the lottery, I might be able to get one.

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  19. Wooie! Skye was right. I'm just tickled that you all liked my blog. I'd be proud to drive any of your dream cars.

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  20. Not my dream car but my husbands...a 1966 Olds Toronado That is sitting in my garage awaiting next spring and the start of car show season. Your dad is right you are a princess! His princess for sure.

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  21. Although my first car was a fabulous burgandy (used) '69 Triumph Spitfire, I can't imagine Skye doing what she needs to do scooting around town with such wee wheels, so I'd have to offer up the car I learned to drive on.

    My Mom got a gorgeous red 1967 Mustang convertible. Dad was a business owner in WH CT, a small enough town, with a small town mentality, so when Mom first got the car, the local police would come to him directly and tell him, "Ray, you *have* to do something about Gerry. She's speeding around town and we can't keep giving her warnings".

    After many chats with Mom, and courtesy chats from the police, Mom still insisted that she was only going 30 miles per hour and surely there had to be something wrong with the car, but yes, she did pass the other drivers, so Dad went for a ride with her instead of testing it himself.

    This time, ever vigilant, he looked over at the speedometer as they raced by at an excessive mph, and asked, "Gerry, what are you doing?" and she said, "Raymond, look! I'm only going 25mph!" as she pointed to the tachometer..." mystery solved.

    So I gotta say, this was a fabulous car, lines, color, whimsy, and yet got us through those CT winters.

    PS Entrez nous, I did try putting the top down one winter while driving up to VT to ski, but the automatic top wouldn't go down! My friend and I got out to see what was wrong, and, well, methinks the skiis on the trunk rack was the issue Hey, at least I come by it honestly .

    My vote? 1967 Red Mustang Convertible. If that car could talk...

    >^^< peace

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  22. Hi Jed,

    I'm not into car, but I don't mind sitting in the back seat of a limo sipping a drink. No, it's just apple cider.

    Looking forward to your words of wisdom in March.

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  23. My favorite is a red Corvette. My youngest brother had one but I am not sure of the year. It was a convertible that you had to step down to get into - very cool.

    Helen Kiker
    hdkiker@comcast.net

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  24. Miss Zoe,

    That story about your mama sounded just like something my wife would do.

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  25. It's great to hear more from Jed! I love classic muscle cars.

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