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Wendi’s Word A column by Wendi Reardon
Sneaky car show

by Wendi Reardon

January 22, 2014

Certain events seem to sneak up when least expected.

Oh, they come around the same time every year - holidays, tax season, birthdays - but it just again seems to be sneaky.

I was reminded by a few people it is time for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Yes, this is the event which always surprises me it is time for it again. It comes right when adjusting back to normal life after the holidays and getting ready for the next rush.

Despite how much I do enjoy checking out new vehicles, new designs, new concepts - I have only been to NAIAS twice. I can remember.

Though, I don't even know if I remember the last time I visited. I could tell you the walk around Cobo Center. I remember the bright lights. The shiny vehicles. The new vehicle smell.

I probably blocked the vehicles on display out of my head because I know when I visited I was stressed. This part - I can remember.

My last visit to NAIAS was when I was a senior in high school right after I handed in my art portfolio.

The art portfolio I had worked on for 20 weeks - a whole semester. I put in the time, the hard work, creativity for this moment.

It was going good. It was finally my turn to give the portfolio over in an empty store at Summit Place Mall. Again, everything was going good. The person checking each piece was doing a thorough job. We were almost done. Then...

Then, she put her hand in the middle of the abstract oil painting I had done. Right in the middle of the red oil paint. Did you know red oil paint takes the longest to dry? I didn't. Wouldn't you know the one part I didn't test for dryness was the spot she put her hand.

Chaos as well as a lot of talk about disqualifying my portfolio on grounds it was incomplete since the painting was not dry.

I can look back and laugh. My art teacher talked to the director and took it home to quicken the drying process. The portfolio was submitted and a different painting went on to win two awards.

I can laugh now. But during that year's auto show, I couldn't laugh.

I should really try going to NAIAS again. If only it wasn't so sneaky.