Today we celebrate Go For A Ride Day which encourages you to get out and see the world in whatever mode of transportation tickles your fancy. I’m going on a virtual trip in this MINI Cooper which I wanted to buy but just couldn’t justify the price tag. Also, this was a great excuse to doodlewash a car for the first time.
I tried another minimal palette for this one with just Cobalt Blue and Neutral Tint with a single pop of orange for the small light on the front. Philippe and I test drove this car and it was so much fun to drive, but much less fun taking on a car payment, which I haven’t had in over 10 years. So I’m just going to ride inside my imagination for this one.
Actually, I don’t love driving and have also dreamed of living in a city where I wouldn’t even have to own a car. It’s so wonderful when we’re staying in Paris, as we can go anywhere we like and never have to worry about where to park or deal with other drivers on the road. This is really the part of driving that makes me want to opt out entirely.
I honestly feel like driving gets more terrifying every year as people seem to be losing their collective minds on the road. Obviously, things like texting while driving weren’t around years ago, so people had to be more focused back then. But in an era of multitasking, it seems like people try to see just how many things they can do when they should simply be driving.
The problem is, nobody is really good at doing two things at once. I was behind a guy who was driving a bit erratically the other day and I assumed he was texting or on the phone. When we stopped at a light, I realized, much to my horror, that he was actually brushing his teeth. The woman next to him was applying her eye makeup, and the man in front of her was shaving. Instead of simply going to work, I was now being forced to sit in a makeshift public bathroom with a bunch of frantic strangers.
Talking on the phone while driving also doesn’t work well for anyone. Even the so-called hands free mode, where you look like an insane person who’s talking to themselves in a car, steals a bit of the brain that’s actually needed for driving. And if I also see that same person stuffing their face with food, I already know they won’t notice when the light changes and there’s little chance I’ll be getting to work on time.
I just want to get from Point A to Point B in the most streamlined way possible so I can do those very things these people are attempting to do in their car. If we could all just agree to take care of these things at home or our office, we would add those minutes back into our day, because everyone would get to Point B that much faster. But that, like this little MINI Cooper, will just have to remain a lovely dream.
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