Some People’s Children

Today I drove to work like I usually do.  I was stopped at a light when I heard the car next to me beep and the driver, a man in his mid-50s or so, motioned for me to roll down the window.  I was expecting to be told that my blinker or brake lights were out or something.  Instead this is what he said:

“Do you want to keep your car?”

I’m thinking, is this an offer to buy my car?  I’ve had my eye on one of those cool new numbers that are built to look like the classic muscle cars.  So then I repeat back his words in my most ‘what in tarnation are you talking about’ voice:

“Do I want to keep my car?”

Then he asks why I jumped in front of him.  I clearly have no idea what he is talking about but at some point en route I must have cut him off and now he is letting me know.  He wasn’t mean about it.  He was actually quite calm which may have thrown me at first.  I said I was sorry but I had no idea that I had even done that.  It certainly wasn’t my intent.  He nodded his head and rolled his window up.  “Sorry sir,” I threw in for good measure.

So now it has me wondering if I really almost caused a catastrophe on the street or if I just had a run in with someone who really needed coffee.  I noticed he was driving a white car and I have to ask dear friends, if any of you have ever had issues with seeing white cars.   For some reason I just don’t notice them.  My depth perception is off.  It’s like a reverse color blindness.  Does this happen to any of you? 

This called to mind a cartoon character from my youth, Mr Magoo.  Anybody remember him?  😉

18 thoughts on “Some People’s Children

  1. I had problems for years with not seeing white vehicles. I’ve pulled out in front of a fully loaded semi, and nearly didn’t get ahead in time… I have had issues with bright light and glare since I was a kid.

    So when I started having issues with everything being blurry, road signs nearly impossible to read until I was on them – seeing things up close… I said something to the doc – he looked at me funny at first.

    Then I explained that when I was young I had to go to a specialist that said I had “lack of color pigmintation” Meaning my eyes would have issues with light and glare. So he told me to always get the added glare coating to my glasses. He actually put it on my prescription so the insurance would pay for it.

    I notice significantly less of a problem noticing white vehicles while wearing my glasses.

    Then I got to thinking about old science classes. I’ve wondered since that since regular light is “white” light – if that tricks my eyes with white vehicles, into thinking it’s a bright spot.

    I’ve also had enough scares that I look for the bumper area of cars…(Grills and lights – insignias and tires)

    Good luck and be careful.

    • Wow Kira, I didn’t even think of that! I will have vision insurance soon and will mention that to my doctor. This whole white car thing I knew had something to it.

      BTW, glad to see you back!

  2. Have you had your eyes examined recently? Might there be some visual/sensory reason you don’t notice white cars? There might actually be a reason for that.

    Otherwise, I hate rude people like that!

  3. Why do some drivers feel they don’t have to acknowledge good manners? You should scream at him: hey, what’s the rush? The movie isn’t going anywhere!!!

    When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the Mr. Magoo cartoons. I always found it extremely hilarious. 🙂

    • It was one of the strangest encounters I’ve ever had on the road.

      Wasn’t Mr. Magoo the one that would yell ‘Road Hog!’ at the other drivers when it was really him that was on the wrong side of the road? LOL

  4. Pfft. Well at least he was politely rude…

  5. Kind of freaky, but maybe it was a close call and he was actually remarkably calm.

    I think white cars can be harder to see, especially if there’s a lot of glare or if there’s a lot of white in the background. Gray and silver cars are REALLY hard to see when it’s raining, foggy, or even exceptionally overcast.

    Glad it all turned out well.

    • I thought so too. I guess it would never occur to me to do the same to another driver that cut me off. It’s just not worth it and too many people out here carry guns.

      Yeah, maybe its the glare out here. I’m not sure.

  6. Good question… driving our company car, which is white, I haven’t experienced that problem. Maybe because it’s plastered with commercial. Can’t say either that I have had trouble detecting white cars on the street. Only if the sun was low. (then again … all cars are hard to see under that circumstance).
    To me it sounds like he’s the calm sarcastic type. Otherwise he would have made you a scene. And maybe he has picked up on that we people tend to remember reactions like that a whole lot better and then adapt our behaviour. Compared to if someone yells at us we are just pissed of and decide to give a damn. lol

    • Yeah, I got that impression that he was a bit passive aggressive and if I had made a big deal out of it he could have gotten really nasty. The thing I thought about later is that so many people here carry guns so confronting someone like that can be dangerous. I was telling my boss and his wife about this earlier and they said it sounded like they were going to car-jack me. I didn’t even think of that but I really don’t think that was the case. The guy was just annoyed that I had cut him off and reacted (of course I’ve been wracking my brains all day trying to think of when I did it) Anyways, no harm, no foul.

    • It reminded me instantly of my husband. However knowing the man knew monsoon did NOT in fact see him and knew the bloody answer already. But at least he did not yell.

  7. I do most assuredly remember Mr. Magoo! Too funny. I have used him as a reference to describe people’s driving many times.

    I drive a white car too and I have had an awful lot of people pull out in front of me, so I would tend to think that white is more difficult to see. That is scary that the guy pulled up beside you and basically threatened you. geeezzz. People are so harsh.

    • Yeah, he wasn’t speaking to me harshly so I didn’t know what the heck he was talking about. My guess is that where he was older than me he was basically telling me I would lose my car in an accident if I wasn’t careful. That was my impression. Maybe he really meant it that he would sue me for my car? I’m not sure. At this point though I’ve had my car for 10 years so if he really wanted it that bad he could have it. LOL. That a/c is broken and I do live in Phoenix so the joke would be on him. 😉

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