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i’m a good driver

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sorry, this is a long one. ¬†just watch the 2:19 video if you don’t have time to read it all ūüôā

we’ve all heard this before. ¬†shoot, maybe we’ve all said this before. ¬†but what does it actually mean? ¬†there are many kinds of “good” drivers out there. ¬†here are a few i came up with:

good time: you think you’re a good driver because you can get to places quick. ¬†if you’re caravan-ing, people don’t like to follow you because they know you’ll lose them because to you, they’re “slowing you down”. ¬†you might get a couple of honks from other drivers who don’t share the same views you do on making good time. ¬†you burn people at the light, and you take every car that passes you as a challenge to race. ¬†your strengths: long, across-state road trips. ¬†weaknesses: you can be perceived as kind of a jerk on the road.

good safety: you make people feel comfortable that you’re driving. ¬†people can fall asleep in your car because they know that when they wake up, they’ll still be there. ¬†you actually use your blinkers, don’t tail too closely, stay in the right lane when not passing, and know exactly what to do at a 4-way stop or intersection where the power has gone out. ¬†people aren’t “double-checking” every turn and lane-change you make to make sure you’re not going to collide into another car. ¬†strengths: peace of mind. ¬†weaknesses: you’re not going to win any races or get any cool points.

waaaaaay too good safety: everyone in your car must buckle up before you leave the parking lot/driveway. ¬†you don’t care how slow you go as long as you and your car get there in one piece. ¬†no, not even that. ¬†you and your car must get there without the slightest sign of a scratch or even bird dropping. ¬†it’s actually more dangerous for you to be on the road with all your safety than to just let someone else drive. ¬†people honk at you for going to slow. strengths: extremely safe. ¬†weaknesses: waaaaay too safe that it’s dangerous.

good car awareness: you know that your suv/minivan/monster truck is going to make into that tiny compact car spot because you know exactly how wide your car is. ¬†not only do you park in that spot, but the lines on both side are equidistant to the sides of your car. ¬†your rims do not have a scratch on them because you’ve never hit the curb while taking a u-turn or parallel parking. ¬†you’ve never hit a car, cars hit you. ¬†strengths: impresses the ladies/gents. ¬†weaknesses: who does this? ¬†frankly, you seem like the type of person who might be a little uptight.

good music: people love to ride in your car because they know they’ll have a good time. ¬†maybe not necessarily for the music, but for some reason, people are lining up to ride in your car over someone else’s because they know that the other driver is not going to be as fun as you are. ¬†people would rather sit in the middle of your back seat (even if its a 2-door) over shotgun in a 2-door sports car of someone else’s car because they don’t want to miss a moment of the party going on in your car. ¬†strengths: party! ¬†weaknesses: can be a little distracted from the road, easily gets lost.

good directions: no gps for you. ¬†you know exactly where you’re going. ¬†you have an excellent sense of direction and seldom get lost. ¬†you usually lead caravans. ¬†google maps? ¬†HA!! ¬†you laugh in google map’s face! ¬†all you need is your compass (or sun, if you’re really good) and you’re good to go. ¬†unlike other people, when you say you know exactly where you are, you actually know exactly where you are. ¬†strengths: never lost. ¬†weaknesses: definitely not going to be as fun as the good music car.

good sanitation: what’s that smell? ¬†vanilla and lavender? ¬†and what’s that? ¬†you actually have a trash¬†receptacle¬†in your car? ¬†your car has its own kleenex box instead of being stuffed with old mcdonalds* napkins? ¬†my gosh, i’ve never seen such a clean car! ¬†no matter how junky your car looks on the outside, it’s 5-star resort on the inside. ¬†people actually feel bad for having to get in your car after playing sports or walking through some mud. ¬†strengths: my goodness it’s clean in here! ¬†weaknesses: people probably aren’t allowed to eat in your car, plus you probably won’t be able to find any buried treasure in your seat cushions.

good stick driver: that’s right, i had to give you a category all to yourself. ¬†although you also might be one of the above, when people get in your car, they don’t even realize they’ve stepped into a manual transmission car until they finally locate the gear shift. ¬†from first to second gear with such ease! ¬†extra points for being able to text/call/eat/fold your laundry while driving. ¬†extra extra points for being a female (not to be sexist, i just find it to be more of a rarity to find women who drive exceptionally well in a manual car. ¬†am i right guys?). ¬†strengths: you’re awesome anyways, what more do you want? ¬†weaknesses: none that i can think of, maybe a little condescending for the “normy’s” out there who drive automatics.

good God!!: you actually think you’re a good driver? ¬†my gosh, what made you think that? ¬†not only are you horribly unsafe and don’t follow the rules of the road, but your car smells like… (sniff sniff) is that honey mustard? ¬†you must rethink your profession because you should be fired from being a motorist. ¬†you obviously did not pay attention in driver’s ed because you 1) stay in the passing lane when not passing anyone while going 10-15 mph below the speed limit, 2) have had your left blinker on for the past 5-6 miles EVEN when you changed into the right lane, 3) think that you have some kind of rocket car where you can turn in front of my car when i’m in the middle of the intersection, 4) park so close to my car that i can’t open my door, or better yet, take up two spots in a full parking lot, 5) take my spot at the mall when i was obviously waiting for the car to come out when i signaled and had been sitting there for the last 3 minutes, 5) keep driving down a lane that is ending even when there is no road left just so you can cut ahead of a couple more cars and stop all the traffic behind you. ¬†yes, there are many, many, many more reasons why you are a horrible driver and the words, “good” and “driver” should never come out of your mouth except when using the comparative of good: better. ¬†as in, “i wish i was a better driver.” ¬†strengths: ¬†wow, really? ¬†you think you have strengths? ¬†weaknesses: too many to name

what kind of “good” driver are you?

*not the farmer, the fast food chain.

Written by enoch

June 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Posted in social observation

the sound of music

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one of my all-time favorite musicals. ¬†i used to watch it with my mom at least once a month on our old recorded vhs, and then me and my sister finally bought my mom the actual vhs. ¬†maybe we should get her the dvd now…

but anyways, that’s not what this entry is about.

good luck talking to me if there’s music on in the background cause no matter what you’re saying, my ear is automatically going to tune in to the music and not your voice. ¬†it doesn’t matter how soft the music is or how loud you’re speaking. ¬†it’s like songs speak to me in a way that words can’t. ¬†wow, that’s pretty deep.

i don’t know what it is. ¬†the second i step into a room/store/building, the first thing i pay attention to is the music. ¬†what kind of music, do i know the song, do i know the words? ¬†i don’t think i can fully function in a room without first identifying the type and title of the song that’s playing. ¬†then, and only then, can you speak to me.

this is how it usually happens:

friend: hey, so what do you want to order? ¬†i hear the ________ (insert food) is really good. ¬†it reminds me of this one time a long time ago when my grandmother used to make it for me from scratch whenever i had to stay home from school when i was sick during the winter. ¬†did you have snow days when you were younger? ¬†blah blah blah… wait… ¬†enoch?

me: (completely oblivious to everything my friend just said. ¬†i’m looking up at the ceiling where the speakers are with a very puzzled look on my face like i’m trying to do long division in my head)

friend: enoch!

me: oh, sorry.  what were you saying?

friend: i was wondering what you were going to order.

me: oh, i was going to order the… TORN! ¬†my natalie imbruglia!! ¬†THAT’S IT!!! ¬†whew! ¬†ok. ¬†now what were you saying again?

there was this one time where i was with my sister i think. ¬†and we were at a restaurant and having a conversation. ¬†all of a sudden, the conversation just stops. ¬†neither of us speaks. ¬†after a little silence, we wonder why the other person wasn’t talking anymore. ¬†then we realized we had both stopped talking to listen to the song that was coming out of the speakers trying to figure out what song it was.

so if you’re talking to me, you better make sure i have already figured out what song is playing, and you better make sure that you have my attention cause when it comes to my ears, music will almost always win over speaking.

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June 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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consumerism

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i never thought i’d write a blog entry about consumerism in america. ¬†it just seems so… above me and unlike anything i would ever talk about. ¬†i know 0 about economy or finance. ¬†in fact, i almost failed econ in college.

but my observations have led me to ask the question: what kind of consumer are you?

go big or go home – you HAVE to get the biggest and the best product available. ¬†you get the newest products as soon as their available and do not mind waiting in line to get it. ¬†price is no option. ¬†it doesn’t matter how much something costs, if it’s the best, you WILL get it. ¬†you read reviews to make sure you have the best product available.

slick-dealer – you want the biggest and best, but you have your cost. ¬†if it costs too much, you won’t get it. ¬†if you do, it’s because it recently went on sale or you PM’ed it AR and AC and don’t mind going B&M even if YMMV if it means you’ll get the best deal.* ¬† you don’t mind not getting the best product as long as you get the best deal. ¬†20% off is better than 20% better.

invester – for you, it’s not about the best deal, or the best quality. ¬†it’s about how important the product is. ¬†the product must be something that you can use everyday, will last for a long time, and will benefit your life. ¬†you might even rationalize your purchases as “an investment” rather than a purchase just to make yourself feel better about spending money cause you know that if it’s an investment, you’d be more willing to purchase it.

frugal freddie or saver sally – forget the best deal, if it’s not in your budget, you’re not even entertaining the thought of purchasing it. ¬†for you, lower quality can be just as good as long as the price is right. ¬†you’re fine with not getting the best stuff. ¬†you can find a cheaper option somewhere else. ¬†you’re a little more resourceful with what your options are.

there’s probably some more, but these are the most prominent consumer personality types i’ve seen in people. ¬†what kind of consumer type are you?

*PM: price match, AR: after rebate, AC: after coupon, B&M bricks and mortar (the physical store as opposed to online), YMMV: your mileage may vary

Written by enoch

June 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

Posted in social observation

heads i win, tails you lose

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you ever play that trick on someone?  it took me a little while to figure it out when my older sister tried it on me when we were younger.  she explained the rules, i agreed and somehow i just kept losing.  very sneaky sis.

have you ever felt like you were so right about something only to find out later how wrong you were? ¬†like you would fight to the death your “right-ness” cause you were that positive that you couldn’t be wrong. ¬†i haven’t had too many of those moments, but when i have, they usually turn out to be pretty¬†embarrassing¬†for me.

what makes a person think that he or she is so certain that they are correct? ¬†it usually turns out that that person is wrong and looks more like a fool for being so sure. ¬†i realize that when i get into those situations i fight the urge to say, “maybe you’re right, i just thought…” ¬†this could have ended the argument early. ¬†but usually i ignore the voice telling me to concede and instead say, “no, you’re wrong! ¬†i’m SURE it’s…” ¬†it doesn’t take much to just calm down and think through things sometimes, and yet it’s so hard to do.

and what do we do when we’re on the other side? ¬†when the other person is so sure they’re right when we know for a fact that they’re wrong? ¬†i usually go for the “wait til they figure it out and rub it in their face” technique. ¬†but there has to be a better way. ¬†right?

i guess sometimes we get so blinded by our ignorance that it’s hard to see the other side or even the possibility that we might be wrong. ¬†as soon as i’m fired up and that doubt creeps in, no matter how correct it sounds, i’ll fight it off until i make my point. ¬†it’s then that i feel like a fool. ¬†i think it helps to just calm down and try to see the other side before coming to the conclusion that you’re right and everyone else is wrong.

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June 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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