Monday, April 25, 2011

Va Va Voom

                                                                                                 Julie Kemp Pick     

It can't be bottled or sold. It's not illegal, but feels like it should be. It affects everyone differently. The dim ones don't know what hit them, while the smart ones never want to let it go. It's a natural euphoria that sweeps through your body airlifting you into a Pepsi commercial. It's va va voom, and we want it back!  

You don't have to be in love to catch va va voom vapors. In fact, you don't have to really know the person at all. But once you feel it, you are drawn in by a magnetic force.  According to, "Va va voom originated in the 50's; representing the sound of a car engine being revved."

Fast forward to the Renault Clio Va Va Voom TV commercial featuring burlesque stripper Dita Von Teese. This controversial car ad is heating up in the UK, and has spawned webisodes featuring the King & Queen of Va Va Voom.  Host Chris Martin asked people on the street to name celebrities who rev up their engines, while Facebook fans voted for their favorites. Some of the most popular va va voom personalities include Halle Berry, Lady Gaga,  Johnny Depp, and Colin Firth.
For some va va voom strikes instantly.  For me it was ignited by a kiss. I felt it on our second date, when my husband took me to of all places, the Chicago Auto Show. Subsequently, I am reminded of it every night in bed, while I lie awake listening to his rambling exhaust pipe.   

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  1. Wonderful V word and post, most enjoyabloe.


  2. Great finish....I can identify with the exhaust pipe.

  3. Rambling exhaust pipe, that's great!

  4. This was truly enjoyable - and I loved the connection at the end between the auto show and the rambling exhaust pipe. Brilliant! :)

  5. I've never seen such artistic dexterity. You are sentimental, romantic, neurotic yet schizophrenic. Many of these stories revolve around your husband who sounds like the most fascinating man in the world. I visualize a 50ish Sean Connery...Is he a diplomat, bullfighter, pirate?

  6. @Yvonne - Thank you, I really appreciate it!

    @mybabyjohn - The trick is to try to fall asleep before they do, but sometimes it backfires and the snoring wakes you up anyway!

    @Talli - Thanks and try to get some sleep!

    @Angela - I can't wait to see what your creative U post is!

    @Jeffrey - You should check out that car commercial too! Thank you Jeffrey!

  7. lol Can relate to that last sentence.

  8. I laughed out loud at the exhaust pipe, great ending. :D

    Excellent post!

  9. @Anonymous - Yes.

    @M Pax - Maybe you could just sleep in your space suit or share it with your partner. It should keep things quiet! Julie

  10. HA! Until I read the comments, I thought your rambling exhaust pipe reference was (ahem) about the tail end exhaust. I've been married to an Olympic calibre snorer for 42 years, and I'll take that reassuring sound any day over the tail end exhaust!

  11. Great post, my va-va-voom was ignited by a kiss too, not at a car show though. What a fun topic for V, thanks for sharing your story.

  12. @Julie - Thank you so much!

    @Susan - Maybe I should consider myself lucky then...for now!

    @Spenc - Sounds like you may have another interesting story for your diary! Thanks for the kind words. Julie

  13. Thinking about it, I don't think my live has that va va voom aspect to it. Or at least, not anymore. Hopefully it comes back soon- especially in a way like yours :)