Old men driving, flooding drink cups and coming home from vacationPosted: July 11, 2009
Just finished a six hour ride from the beach. There is no good sentence with “from the beach” in it except “I am calling you from the beach”.
Long drives allow me to focus on the really important phenomena of life. I think about them a lot, but I never resolve them. So, to put my mind at ease and to put on public display my shallow level of thought, I am going to point out a few of these things in the hope that some of your comments might resolve some of my unanswered questions.
Whenever I make a long highway drive I observe something I call “old manning”. I call it this because the practitioners of this are always and invariably old men.
I’m not doing it out of disrespect for those who could be called old men. One of my fondest wishes is to join the ranks of old men. My 17 year old son recently announced that he would begin calling me his old man. I have no quarrel with old men, or my son.
However, if I drive and set my cruise control on a given speed, I will inevitably encounter a large luxury car driven by an elderly gentleman. I often approach it from behind, move over to pass…and the race is on.
As I approach there may be a 15-20 mph difference in our speeds, but as I begin to pass, the other car speeds up and matches my pace. I speed up a little, so does he. It seems a matter of honor to these gentleman that I not pass them.
There are two ways of addressing this situation – speed up until one of us wins this undeclared race or leave the car on cruise control until the other driver falls back to his original pace.
My question, dear readers is this – what is that all about?
Next important unanswered question. On the drive back we stopped at a fast food place and I got a drink to take in
the car with me. Nothing unusual, paper cup, plastic top, straw. I sit in the car, put the straw through the provided place in the lid and it happens – the drink rushes up through the straw hole in the lid and forms a lake on the lid.
Some of you must have seen this phenomenon before. On the other hand, maybe because it happens all the time to me, the law of averages allows it to never happen to you.
So, since this happens so often in my experience, I need a word to describe it. Whaddya got?