Thursday, April 17, 2014

I've Been On The Road

Which is why there weren't any posts the last two days. I still don't seem to have shaken the headache that developed during the second half of last night's driving, so a few observations from the road:

- Lately, no matter what direction I'm driving, it's into the wind. Tuesday I went north, the wind came strongly out of the north. Wednesday I went back south, the wind came even more strongly out of the south. I went west last weekend, the wind was even stronger out of the west. I'm sure there's a lesson to all that - persevere in the face of adversity, life is a never-ending series of challenges, the universe is a real asshole - but I'm not sure which it is.

- I'm used to the idea that people who drive pickup trucks like to wave, especially to other people in pickup trucks. I don't know why they do that, but it's very common here. I had sort of assumed it would be similar wherever there were people in trucks, but several of my coworkers have expressed confusion over strangers waving to them while they drive their work truck. So maybe it's a regional thing.

My dad's commented more than once on people who always wave to him when he's in his truck, but not when he's in his Accord. Presumably they don't know it's the same guy, which raises some questions about why they wave at all. I suppose it could be a sightline issue - they can't see the car drivers, or that being higher up makes them feel superior, but then I'd expect car drivers to wave to each other more often, which my own experience suggests isn't the case. And a lot of SUVs are on the same height as trucks, and I feel like I get fewer waves in when I drive an SUV.

Maybe people in trucks just feel very secure and cool sitting up high, and want to feel connected to other folks in the same situation.

- Back in early November, I mentioned driving past a church with what I found to be a fairly irritating sign posted in front of it: "The truth can sometimes seem intolerant." I had to drive by again this week, and they've changed it to, "Christianity isn't a theory, it's a way of life." Stupendous! So stop trying to get it taught in science classes like it is a scientific theory! Then everything will be hunky-dory! Fine, not everything, just that one particular thing.

That church might want to consider getting someone less passive-aggressive to come up with sign ideas. Even if I were a person inclined to attend church, which I'm not, I'd hardly choose one run by a bunch of jerks. Was that mean? Well, I heard somewhere the truth can sometimes seem intolerant.


SallyP said...

Hmmm...the church sign people do seem a bit on the...touchy side. These may be the same people who are losing their minds over Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

I think the truck waving may be regional. In New England nobody waves in a truck...possibly because just about everyone seems to have one with four-wheel drive for the snow. But Porsche drivers do wave! Sometimes.'re the one who is making the wind blow?

CalvinPitt said...

I wouldn't mind having wind control for a superpower, assuming I can learn to control it to give myself tailwinds and eventually learn to fly with it.

A lot of people around here have 4-wheel drive trucks, but it's less for snow, more for driving off-road in the woods.