Monday, June 06, 2005

Who Are You Kidding?

As I drove into work today I took a glance over at the car next to me. The guy looked pretty well kept. He drove a nice car, seemed to be wearing a dress shirt and tie. Unfortunately, his finger was completely buried in his nose. Man, he was really working it. I'm not sure if I was sending vibes his way, but he turned and looked directly at me. He looked embarrassed as he quickly removed his finger and accelerated ahead.

Really. Who is this guy kidding? You're in your car, not your home. Yes, everyone can see you picking your nose or rocking out to Mariah Carey. If you're going to be ashamed, then don't do it in your car.

Take me, for instance. When in my car, I happily pick my nose, listen to shamelessly bad music, fully knowing that you're watching me. I think I almost like it when you watch me pick my nose. Take notes, if you'd like. I'm pretty good at it. I always seem to mine out the best ones. How about a little car Karaoke? I'll gladly belt out "PYT, Pretty Young Thing..." while driving. I honestly don't care if you see me.

What "shameless" activities do you do while commuting to work?


Blogger Megan said...

I sing and dance in the car...I also fully realize that people can see me, but frankly, I don't care as it wakes me up in the morning to belt out "I Will Always Love You" or perhaps "Pour Some Sugar on Me." And my personal favorite, "Its Raining Men."

I have always wondered about people who seem oblivious to the fact that people can indeed see in to their cars. A little tip: if you can see us, there is a good chance we can see you too.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Conner said...

Well, here it goes. I'm a drummer in a local rock group. I drive the equipment when we have long trips, because I have a Sedan that's really wide. On busy streets where I know I'll be sitting around for a while, I get my sticks out of the back seat, put Led Zeppelin II into my CD player, and play Moby Dick on my dashboard.

12:37 PM  
Blogger boabhan sith said...

I sing loud & do my own harmony when I drive...and I'm not ashamed!


1:25 PM  
Blogger dreadcow said...

I've been a member of the car choir for a looooooong time. I also hammer our beats on my steering wheel, being as I play 3 instruments.

My roomate came back on post after going home over Memorial Day. He says "Hey... you ever wanked it while driving 70 mph on the interstate?"

4:09 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I love to turn my head ever-so-slowly toward people stopped beside me at the lights, the give them a big, cheesy grin.

They're so conditioned by society to avoid any form of eye contact that it really freaks them out -- they have no place to avoid me, yet they know what's coming. The tension is almost palpable. I hope the grin/smile at the end is a satisfactory release.

5:12 PM  
Blogger CafeCath said...

I sing...quite well. ;-)
And, I run through presentations I'm working on. It's great practice on both counts.

I was so pleased to get a phone in my car because it provided cover for my mobile presentation runthroughs. Instead of talking to myself, it looked like I was just "hands free"! I could never cover the singing, though. It's pretty obvious!

5:23 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I do my neck exercises. I look like some type of chicken doing those exercises. Lately - while driving, I wave and honk my horn at total strangers.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

I take the subway into work so I am like all the other vapid T commuters who have their nose buried in a book.

When driving I sing badly and drum on the steering wheel.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pick my nose while remembering a story about a friend having to drive someone to the hospital with his finger stuck in his nose, 'cos he was rear-ended when picking his nose in the car. Then I would laugh and continue picking after checking the rear view mirror.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Raine said...

I don't have a normal commute like most folks, but when I do have to drive in to my downtown office, I will sometimes read an article I've printed off the internet. I know, I'm so, so bad for doing that. I just get really bored in stop-and-go traffic. So, everybody, please avoid me when I'm on the road. You'll notice me by my stack of white sheets of paper I'm holding up against the steering wheel.

I'm surprised you saw someone picking their nose. I had no idea people do things like that while driving! ;-)

8:37 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

When I am reading a book I can't put down, I am known to read while stopped at a stoplight, even if I can only get in a paragraph or two :)

9:58 PM  
Blogger Joann said...

Because I am a taxi driver I do try to look professional. Ha-Ha. I think the worst thing I do while driving is eat. I always feel guilty when someone sees me, in the cab, eating something like a messy IN-N-OUT Burger.

11:28 PM  
Blogger LoraLoo said...

It's the only time I can sing at the top of my lungs without clearing a room, so I do that a lot.

I also have a very bad habit of digging through my purse or briefcase for things while driving. Of course whatever I need is the very last thing I pull out!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I'm infamous for air guitaring while I drive. It's actually something I just recently started to do without caring if I'm noticed.

I always see people picking their nose, it's great. Or flicking "nothing" out the window.

1:23 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

No-one really sees me when I'm driving to work, but I do like singing... loudly to whatever CD I've got on, I play the drums (badly, I might add) on the steering wheel and when I get into town, I yell and swear at other drivers who annoy me. (Which is just about every second driver, but that's beside the point)
Oh, and if someone's tailgating me, I slow down a bit just to annoy them and if it happens close to where I want to turn off, I go a bit further on just to annoy them more...
This is especially effective if there is a long line of traffic coming the other way and not many overtaking opportunities.

6:41 AM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Cars are the ultimate shields with their heavy mental exteriors. When I drive, I like to push the limits. I am often putting on lipstick, sending text messages, reading maps at the same time! I know this is scary, but true.

9:22 AM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

Ok, I definitely karaoke in the car. If I'm not singing, then talk radio is on. But, "P.Y.T." Vavoom? Even though I'm about 50/50 on Michael Jackson's case, I came to the conclusion that "pretty young thing" could mean a lot of different things to people. If you say it, "pretty young... thing" it comes across a little scary in light of the charges. I still like the song though.

5:38 PM  
Blogger RT said...

OK, I know this is an old post, but... LOL! You move too fast Vroom Vroom.

About the most embarassing thing I've done on the road is falling asleep and dropping my bike at a red light... Then I had to let the guy in the car behind me help me pick it up 'cause it was too heavy for me :o(

12:23 PM  
Blogger irishkeough said...

Do not EVER, and I mean EVER, be ashamed of rocking it out to Mariah. I think she is hot stuff and has a hot little voice (in addition to other things of hers that are little and hot).

5:05 PM  

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