There are days … f.e. when you wake up refreshed from a good night’s sleep, put on your freshly washed gear, and step out into a cool morning. The early round you have to drive is nice and hassle-free, and when you deliver your kids at school you have a friendly word with the colleague you had a small argument with some weeks ago. Meanwhile you worked together on additional stuff, things were openly discussed, and are going reasonably well – it’s communication, stupid ! Until then it was a good day, but the co-driver’s reaction changes anything. There is a long-running feud between these two lovelies, and it seems to be down to the good old “who’s not with me is against me” – and being “not with me” includes a friendly conversation with “the enemy”, and reciprocal fairness regarding parking in a cramped space, something drivers who have to manoeuver in saied cramped space strangely put some emphasis on. So the way back is filled with a strange monologue, wild stares, and hostile silence.
I do not feel the smallest inclination to work on this, or to share this over-simplified view of “good” versus “evil”. I stand firmly on my own side, and nobody else’s. I need a good working relation with other drivers and have established that. I only wish my co-driver would simply do what she always says, and ignore her “enemy” completely. But in her cosmos it is un-imaginable that something happens in the world that is not more or less directly related to herself. So be it. She has to accept that I do what I need to do without applying for her permission, and if she does not, I can and will not help. It would probably be expected too much if she could also refrain from opening doors while the car is still moving and not yet parked ; I only narrowly avoided to run over her legs two times, this dangerous idiocy is an accident in waiting. Just three more weeks until summer vacations, oh yeah.
It took me some time to find a Sunday Music today, but here is Jethro Tull’s Thick As a Brick – in a short three minutes version, no worries, not the whole album.
I hope you like it, and have an easy week.