Musings: On Driving…
“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin
“Sometimes, when I drive across the desert in the middle of the night, with no other cars around, I start imagining: What if there were no civilization out there? No cities, no factories, no people? And then I think: No people or factories? Then who made this car? And this highway? And I get so confused I have to stick my head out the window into the driving rain—unless there’s lightning, because I could get struck on the head by a bolt.” Jack Handey
Do you enjoy driving? What was your first car, your dream car, and earliest memory of driving? I love driving as I find it, especially highway driving, meditative. My first car was a Mitsubishi Galant and my dream car is the Maserati convertible you’re looking at above. Ever since the first time I got in a car, started the ignition and hit the accelerator, I’ve loved cars. I learned how to drive from a funny old guy who taught me that the best kind of driving is when you stay away from nutty drivers; ignore them and change lanes if possible. I did that a lot in California but not as much in NY. What I also learned in California was their amazing car culture of washing and polishing your car regularly, giving her a pretty name, and all that… I’m back in NY but have held onto that lesson. Yep, I did it all but fell short of pimping my car like they used to do on that TV show – Pimp My Ride… I still dream about driving a souped up, pimped up, tricked out car… but I think it will remain a fantasy.
“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.” John Updike
“What is the feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” Jack Kerouac
The Mercedes S Class above is my second favorite car, although I have to admit that I love the Mercedes convertible better; especially now that my kids are grown… Anyhow, I find highway driving relaxing and enjoy getting in my car and driving off to chill out. I’ve driven for 8 straight hours and would do it again… Something about the rush you get. I know this might sound crazy to people who don’t enjoy it, but it’s true that driving can be a way to relax as long as we don’t start imagining ourselves as Indy500 race car drivers. Sure, you may try and the highway cops would love to meet you. Local driving, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.
Unfortunately, I fall into the category of people George Carlin is referring to in his quote above. I live in an area where people drive a lot and some of them shouldn’t be on the road. The drivers that scare me most are the ones who hit their brakes for no reason; sort of like a nervous condition. Then there are those who drive at 15mph at a 25mph zone and you wonder if they are lost or need glasses. Then we have the tailgaters, speeders and the honkers. I don’t like tailgaters and sometimes I’ll slow down to encourage them to switch lanes or get lost… Once, I was driving in LA and a tailgater switched lanes to follow me twice. I waved my cellphone at him indicating that I was about to call the cops; he took off = the creep! More below… 😉 Congrats to Beyonce and Jay-Z on the birth of baby girl – Ivy Blue Carter! 🙂
“Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.” Jean Baudrillard
“My biggest nightmare is I’m driving home and get sick and go to hospital. I say: ‘Please help me.’ And the people say: ‘Hey, you look like …’ And I’m dying while they’re wondering whether I’m Barbra Streisand.” Barbra Streisand
Back in the day when everyone called the BMW a beemer(?), I loved that car and wanted a navy blue series 5 model. I still love the Bavarian Motor Works brand, but I’ll take my Maserati first. When I drive, I have a tendency to have running conversations with myself about the drivers in front of me and what ever else is going on. My kids think it’s funny. “Mommy, they can’t hear you… why bother?” I know, but there is something to be said about expressing yourself in your car… try it; quite freeing and refreshing. Another thing I enjoy when I drive is music. I alternate between the radio and my music and I dance along/bop my head until I notice someone staring at me at a stop sign… 😆 When the weather is bad or there are highway delays, I tune in to 1010 wins for updates and find alternate routes home. Sometimes, if I’m running an errand, I’ll get in my car and try to discover new ways to get back. I’m not a big fan of gps but I understand their usefulness… Remember the days when we used maps? So much has changed with driving. What about you? Are you a driving buff? ♥What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy driving? What was your first car and earliest memory of driving? Do you have a dream car and what would you do with it? Do share! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥To ♥You! 🙂 Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from SoulPancake: Fiction First: The Car You Drove in High School. Post a pic of your car over at The Car I Drove in High School, get super reminiscent, and then cruise on back here for a micro-story of 250 words or less inspired by your first ride. Give your story a title.
Positive Motivation Tip: Driving can be meditative or maniacal… choose your ride wisely.