Last night, I was one of the drivers for the youth's annual progressive dinner. One of the youth, Doug, had called permanent shot-gun in my car a couple of weeks ago after hearing my CD of Sixpence None the Richer's greatest hits, including their cover of the ABBA classic, "Dancing Queen." I got two other junior high guys for the first couple of legs of the journey.
I'd forgotten what junior high guys can be like...basically, it's let's tell stupid jokes, break wind and laugh a whole lot. And yet in junior high, we wonder why the girls will have nothing to do with us.
(For some of us, the years never improve us beyond this point).
Part of my problem with driving, well, anywhere is that I have this tendency to know where I'm going but not know street names. So if you tell me, "Drive down this road" odds are I will know where it is but not know the name of said street. (I think you can see where this story is going). This ended up with our getting off course as it were, which made a lot of the other guys suddenly want to ride with "the guy who can't figure out where we're going." Apparently being lost is fun. They kept giving me a hard time and I said--hey, you got a good story to tell out of it, so what's the problem?
Also, I thought our car had an advanage in going to the house for the main course. Why? It was Doug's house. Unfortunately, Doug has been to the same school of giving directions to another person while driving that several other people I've known over the years. Basically, you tell the person about fifteen seconds before he or she is supposed to turn to turn "this way" or "that way" and assume the driver will look away from the road and see where you're pointing. Seriously, I was having some flashbacks to a certain blonde from Bearden UMC who used to do the EXACT same thing all the time...
Seriously, though, it was a great time. And I have had to Febreeze the heck out of the my car this morning because, well, let's just say things were getting a bit flatulant. And you know how junior high guys are--once once has broken winds, the others feel as if this is some type of challenge to top the other.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 12/18/2004 10:13:00 AM