Category Archives: driving

middle of the road.

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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.”

-robert frost

do you remember?

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who remembers this?

sitting backwards

making faces

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.”

-benjamin disraeli

 

 

 

 

 

image credit: doyouremember.com

kart.

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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.”

-john updike

 

 

image credits: nintendo/mario kart, google images japan

flivver.

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 the pinto wagon

pea-soupy green

wood-ish sides

bare bones edition

shared with sibs

junk food

single shoes

lost school papers

hand crank windows

no air

sometimes heat

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

but none 

carried the memories

like this one. 

do you remember your flivver?

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

why worry, why hurry?

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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.

How 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.”

-thomas fuller

 

 

 

 

credits: mlive,brandon champion

safe passage.

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sign found on a trip to the farm. 

might be good advice for all drivers on the road

not just the young pedal car drivers on the track.

 

“I simply go about my passage swiftly and silentlwith a certain deliberate, dark efficiency.” 

-george carlin

accidents.

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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

and then

this happened

maybe they were

headed to work

to visit someone

leaving for a vacation

going to a celebration

helping someone

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

above average.

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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”

-dave barry

press on.

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commuting 

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,

or

10  minutes late,

or

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

is that 

  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