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  Brad's Teacher Writing (October 13, 2001)


 The following paragraph was written for a class exercise for Advanced Composition on Description: Writing about a Place.

 A Special Haven

      One place I like is the haven I find inside my car while I drive to or from my work. I'm sure many people are the same as I am when it comes to the car "cocoon." Here, I enjoy the radio personalities on the CBC: in the morning, Rick Cluff; at noon, Mark Forsythe; in the evening, Jane Farrow. It 's like being in my own private living room—I can laugh at their jokes, even sing along with the music they play. You may have noticed people like me, singing by themselves in their cars! In my Corolla, I even like the warm aroma of the plastic, either baking under the hot sun, or coming from the heater at my feet. A car is like an old shoe, sometimes, full of interesting smells. I even like the smell of gasoline that lingers after filling up, especially when I've gotten the best price of the week. The inside of my car, while I drive it to work, is really a great refuge, and it gives me the opportunity to both get ready for work and to prepare for my life at home, away from the demands of daily life.

—Brad Hyde (First draft of 199 words; written October 11, 2001)





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