road plan haiku
this plan gives me pause
some things better on paper
may not go as planned.
“the middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.”
who remembers this?
rolling around on turns
cigarette smoke-filled air
fighting over who could sit there
the door that swung open
back window down
best seat ever.
“like all great travelers, i have seen more than i remember, and remember more than i have seen.”
image credit: doyouremember.com
i got a lovely holiday card from my dear friend
sharing all of her family’s news
including her oldest daughter
taking her driver’s ed training online
all i can picture is mario kart.
actual humans in tokyo, mario-karting on the road
clearly someone had the same vision.
“most of american life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.”
image credits: nintendo/mario kart, google images japan
the pinto wagon
bare bones edition
shared with sibs
lost school papers
hand crank windows
as many friends as we could jam in
rockin’ our fm-converter
a drag-racing ticket
but it had wheels
took us places
this was our flivver.
had a number of flivvers
over the years
carried the memories
like this one.
do you remember your flivver?
Part of Speech- Noun
Origin – Unknown, early 20th century
Definition – A cheap car or aircraft, especially one in bad condition.
“a car for every purse and purpose.”
-alfred p. sloan
credits: google image, wordgenius.com
driver pulled over with license plate that expired in 1997 tells police, “I’ve been busy lately.”
Apparently, some people in Louisiana are incredibly busy.
Too busy to replace a license plate that expired in 1997.
“We can’t make this stuff up,” officers with the Slidell Police Department said. “We discovered the illegal plate during a routine traffic stop.”
“For those of you who like to “switch tags”, at least give us a good challenge and don’t use a license plate that is over 20 years old and expired back in 1997,” officers added.
It’s a hilarious bit of real-life shenanigans police deal with on a daily basis. But it’s the drivers response that really provides some laughs.
“Sorry, officer. I’ve been busy lately and totally forgot to renew my vehicle registration,” he reportedly told police. “I will take care of it as soon as I get home.”
Slidell, located in the St. Tammany Parish, is on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It is part of the New Orleans−Metairie−Kenner Metropolitan Area.
It’s a long way from Michigan, but like Michiganders, Slidell residents must also change their license plate tabs annually.
“bad excuses are worse than none.”
credits: mlive,brandon champion
along the way on my weekday drive
there is often a traffic mishap or accident
and if I begin to worry about being late
or get annoyed by the hold up
i think about how the person/people involved must feel
how their life instantly changed in that moment
they were just having an ordinary day
maybe they were
headed to work
to visit someone
leaving for a vacation
going to a celebration
so many possibilities
i’ve got no room to complain
nothing to worry about
puts it all right back into perspective
so i listen to my music and sit with my gratitude.
“since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents,
it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well. “
-john paul jones
image credit: wellandgood.com
after pulling into the lot
i made a quick decision to park a little bit away from this one.
not real sure that marketing is one of their strengths either.
“the one thing that unites all human beings,
regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background,
is that, deep down inside,
we all believe that we are above-average drivers”
to and from school each day
is always a bit of an adventure/misadventure
depending upon one’s perspective.
it’s not unusual for me
to get a hands-free text or call
from one of my teaching partners
in response to something going on in the road ahead:
an animal crossing, tire blowout, accident, truck spill, something on fire,
weather delays, political motorcade, funeral procession,
waving mascots, emergency vehicles, pop-up detours, construction,
or that old standby:
unusually heavy traffic due to the no-reason reason.
at this point
i turn up my music or book.
whoever happens to arrive first
will let our office know that the other
may be on time,
10 minutes late,
will arrive at a yet to be determined time before school lets out for the day.
fortunately we work with a very understanding administration.
the only thing i’ve learned to expect
with each curve of the road
there is the very real possibility of a new surprise.
“all you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
– earl nightingale
image credit: tokyoweekender