Last Call: When It Rains, It Pours

When I saw this guy on the Interstate, all I could think was that life had probably not been very gentile with him lately. The downpour probably just felt like an unnecessary insult.

DISCLAIMER: My wife was driving. I took this photo through the windshield from the passenger seat.

Tanshanomi is Japanese [単車のみ] for "motorcycle(s) only." Though primarily tasked with creating two-wheel oriented content for Hooniverse, Pete is a lover of all sorts of motorized vehicles.

17 Comments

  1. Door glass is intact, and the damage seems to be concentrated at the rear edge of the door. Backed up without realizing it was open? Hopefully on the way to the body shop now.

  2. California is going to retire the system of color coded tiers we’ve been using to classify counties by their COVID infection rates (yellow tier, orange tier, red… etc.) on June 15th.
    Batshitbox has declared Tuesday, June 15th, “No More Tiers” day and plans to drive the Econoline around town blasting the title track to Ozzy Osbourne’s 6th solo studio album for as long as it takes.

    1. You Hellraiser. Where do you plan to go? The Road to Nowhere? When you’re done you should tell Mama I’m Coming Home.

      1. I think it’s quite fitting that Johnson & Johnson make a baby shampoo what’s advertising tag line is “No More Tears”. I don’t think I have time to print up any T-shirts with the modified graphic.

      2. I Don’t Know, but I’m glad to see that we’re still on track to “re-open” in mid-June — I was getting Paranoid that these restrictions would end up Not Going Away. Being a Believer that things are slowly getting back to normal, though, Gets Me Through. See You on the Other Side.

  3. Ouch – looks like they put up a jacket or plastic cover on the inside of the car?

    Another question raised: How often does your wife drive? We struggle to be a consciously equal household, but, lately, we have not been asking the “who drives?”-question much. I often end up behind the wheel on family trips, just because I like driving more, I guess. Earlier, we were sort of concerned that I, the male, would not be the standard driver; without a fight. Hm.

    Norway celebrated its national day yesterday. While last year was kind of lockdown-ish still, this year saw a reduced, but slightly more open celebration. A lot of nice cars showed up for a parade, many of which I wasn’t aware were hiding in our little village. Three photos, even with something as nostalgic and long-gone as a sexy BMW: https://ibb.co/album/BVM4yV

    1. Happy Syttende Mai. Given both mine and the MiSSus’ heritages, we try to have some Norge foods on May 17th, thankfully this year we were both way too busy, and didn’t get home until late, so I didn’t have to try to force down some lefse or rommegrot [sorry man, I HATE Scandinavian food. ;)]

      1. Haha, Scandinavian traditional food seems to be mostly concerned with conserving fat and nutrition through regular periods of hardship…I see your point.

    2. For what it’s worth, my wife and I try and keep things equal(ish), or at least not fall into gendered norms just because, and I still do all of the driving (even when we had something with an automatic, I still did 95% of it). She’s never gotten comfortable driving in the city, never enjoyed it that much, and has terrible night vision, so it was mostly always my job just as the person more willing to do it. On the other hand, she’s also our primary wage earner, and we took an even split of parental leave last year, so hopefully our son doesn’t internalize the wrong lessons.

      That said, I know Pete’s talked on False Neutral about all the motorcycle riding his wife does, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she enjoyed driving too.

      1. My original thesis was about parental leave and “nudging”, the way governments can push equality with their regulatory framework. I agree it matters greatly to start off on an equal footing there, but my wife, who is also a sociologist, and I have taken a few years to realize that we also are good at different things. They’re not all gendered, but a certain division of labour is pretty much unavoidable, I guess. For the life of it, I struggle to see a difference between my kids’ clothes (even though I wash them, hang them to dry, and take them down, I can’t put them in the correct drawers).

    3. When we’re in my Kizashi, I drive.
      When we’re in her Sienna, she drives.
      When we’re in the truck, we split driving duties. Which is a nice way of saying she drives 80% of the time because she’s a control freak and hates not being behind the wheel.

    4. It varies by vehicle. She usually drives “her” car and doesn’t like driving anything else. Most trips to dinner and other family errands occur in her car and I normally head to the passenger seat.

      She tends to follow way too closely and goes through entirely too many brake pads, but as far as I can remember, her only accidents have involved parked cars or stationary objects.

    5. When together as a couple or as a family, I drive 95% of the time. If traveling on holiday, I drive 100% of the time. I’m not sure why, really, because it’s not that I choose the task.
      Regardless, my wife insists that my car be an automatic so that she can drive it when needed, even though she almost never drives my car. I really want a manual, and feel like our undocumented statistics are in my favor.

    6. I’m not sure hour this data point helps, but I drive almost exclusively when we go places. My bf is not a very good driver (unable to really see what people are going to do until after it happens), and I have control issues.

    7. My wife dislikes driving and complains our car isn’t a good fit so I often end up driving, except on those days when she is a bad passenger and needs to drive. Lately I have been nudging her to drive my truck since ironically she has better outside visibility and a more comfortable driving position in the 20′ truck than the midsize SUV. This still eaves the oddity of her driving someplace in the pickup and then having me park it. She also likes having our son drive instead of either parent, soI’m curious to see what happens when our daughter gets her license

  4. Let’s see… having a little free time over morning coffee on a rainy day, I will indulge myself and ramble a little. My apologies to those of you trying to get some work done and who are instead reading my stream-of-near-consciousness thumb-pecking.

    On the COVID front, Texas is doing very well, and masks are disappearing. The Rangers Baseball stadium has officially declared them optional. We (vaccinated) still wear ours while shopping as a courtesy, but among friends, nah. The most interesting new law to come out out COVID is that the emergency “cocktails-to-go” law has become permanent. Yee-hah!!!

    On the “who drives?” question in our house – it’s obvious. Mrs Lokki didn’t grow up in a car and never thought about getting a license till our moving to the states forced her hand. She attended a driving school here in the states, and well, I have never quite forgiven the instructor who felt she was watching her rear-view mirror too much and just turned it to the floor, saying, “what’s behind you doesn’t matter”. Okay, Cannonball. She doesn’t like to drive really, but when she does, she approaches it with true Samurai spirit. If I have to follow her car in convoy for some reason (say, coming home from the repair $hop) I actually have to put my foot in the gas to keep up. (Yes, she did spin the car once in the rain turning left on a cobblestoned intersection with her foot on the gas the whole time. Traction control is meaningless if you ain’t got no traction…. She got away with it though, and so learned …. Well, nothin’.

    On that VW, I would wonder about a potentially bent frame…. That door has a crush beam in it, and I would think that ramming it into the A pillar might tweak the unibody as I can’t imagine the designers ever imagined the door hinge panel taking that kind of hit from an open door.
    I am sure though that there are more educated and informed people here though.

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