Let’s Go Places… Like the Nutcracker!
My adventures this past year have been a bit over the top, even for me. I try and take myself out of my comfort zone more and more each year, reaching for goals and expectations beyond any bucket list or pipedreams.
Test driving cars, golfing in red high heels, working with law enforcement and the retired NFL are actually comfortable for me. Writing a book, discovering social media, including hashtags, avatar,and big data has been new for me, but I’m doing it. Speaking in front of an audience and meeting new people is fun for me… kind of scary, but fun. For a shy girl from Queens, New York, I’ve come a long way.
However, I’m wondering if I’ve finally met my “tipping point?” Are the thoughts of my next adventure making my stomach turn? Can I do it?
My granddaughter, Jayden will be Clara in the Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” She told me it was on her bucket list since she was four… What? She’s only ten! My two grandsons will be soldiers in this year’s production and they are four and seven. They wanted to do it because there were swords involved. Guess who was asked to play the oldest member of the cast? Yes! I’ll be the grandmother who is hunched over with a cane and keeps a watchful eye on Grandpa… who seems to have had his share of spiced eggnog in the story.
I was flattered to be asked, and even happier I didn’t need to audition. My granddaughter told her teacher that I would be perfect t for the part as I was outgoing; I could dance the electric slide, and was a grandmother. How do you say “no thank you” to that?
I decided that I needed to practice what I preach. I tell my children and grandchildren, as well as other adult women… get out of your comfort zone… go for it… you can do it… what’s the worst that can happen? I’ll let you know…
Now Toyota has a similar slogan or belief, which is “Let’s Go Places” and I felt that fit right in with my philosophy. If Toyota didn’t step out of their comfort zone now and then we’d still be driving their first truck, the 1995 Toyota Tacoma.
The Toyota culture would never allow their brand to be stagnant, they are always striving to improve their engineering, interior and exterior designs and honor the practical requests of their customers. The 2015 Toyota Tundra I drove this week is proof that Toyota just keeps making their trucks bigger and better.
I’ve tested all the big trucks from the Ford F-150, Dodge RAM, Chevy and the top of the line Toyota trucks as well. I must say, the Tundra can hold its own among the other brands, even though they are probably not the name that rolls off your tongue when “work truck” comes to mind.
However, Toyota has stepped up to the plate (or ballet barre) and can compete with other trucks whether on the ranch, in the mountains, a construction site, or pulling up to valet to see the Nutcracker production.
Because I’m 5’2”, getting in and out of any truck has its challenges, but with the perfectly located grab handles and floor boards on the Tundra I had no problem. In either my red high heels, or my sneakers it was easy to climb in and out of those comfy leather seats.
Talk about “comfort zones”… The capabilities of the Tundra Truck CrewMax were displayed while driving in the desert, loading the cab with lumber, and parking at the movie theater. It really isn’t hard to park, it just looks intimidating based on its size alone.
The Tundra keeps improving year after year, taking more chances and competing with trucks that have been in the limelight way before Toyota entered the truck market.
Why not put the 2015 Toyota Tundra 4X4 Crew Max 57L V8 on your bucket list… Let’s go places together!!!!
For more on the Toyota Tundra 4 X 4 – CrewMax 5.7L V8 go to www.toyota.com.
Fuel Economy 13 City – 17 Highway
MSRP – $47,875.00 – Vehicle tested $52,047.00