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I turned to Youngman.
"How are the road conditions between here and Joplin?"
Before he could answer, Mickey said, "They're thawed; I just drove over from Commerce and they're all right."
"Good," I said, "I'll go to Joplin with you."
Ken Underwood, an officer of Youngman's company, joined us as we got into the brand-new Lincoln parked at the curb. Youngman and Underwood got into the back seat and I sat up front with Mickey.
We sat on loose-fitting plastic seat covers and there was brown wrapping paper to protect the floor against our muddy feet.
"Hell of a snazzy automobile," I remarked as we pulled away.
"I've got it on approval," said Mickey. "It's the third one they've sent me to try out. It really gets up and goes. But I don't know about the color."
"What is it," said Youngman, "tan?"