Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lessons From A Bumper Sticker

It's been a nightmare around here, folks. I was just thinking about how calm my wife and I have been as we wrestled with the vagaries of the "new and improved" type of technology that brings television images into our homes. The Internet is working fine. The landline (yes, we still have one of those) is available for incoming and outgoing calls. But the TV set keeps giving us the message that there's no wireless connection between the wonderful box that gets signals and our set.

Fortunately, the repairman (yes, he's been out here once already) gave us his phone number, and promises to come out today. But just as I was settling down, I read James Scott Bell's post about his own experiences on the freeways of LA. He kept his cool, although I get the impression it wasn't easy. His suggestion is that authors come up with a bumper sticker to be applied by their protagonist. Why don't we think of one for ourselves? Mine might be "Count to Ten." There was a time when I would explode at the drop of a hat, and supply the hat. But I'm better than that now. Or, at least, I try to be.

It reminds me of the incident where a car was pulled over by a patrolman. The driver, all injured innocence, asked why he was stopped. He was told that, despite the fish emblem on the back of the car and the bumper sticker saying they were members of a well-known church in the area, the officer took note of  the way the car was being driven, and assumed that it was stolen.

Think about it. And act accordingly.


Patricia Bradley said...

Love it, Richard! And I know what you mean about counting to ten. I learned to do that after it cost me $500 once. Hmm...my bumper sticker would read...I'll have think about it and get back to you.

Once I saw a tag on the back of a cute little BMW: WIWORK.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, one of these days I'll have to do a blog post on bumper stickers. There should be enough material out there. Thanks for your comment.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Well said!

I don't have any bumper stickers on purpose exactly for that "stolen car" reason. I'm afraid I'd mess up somehow, either attitude-wise or driving-skill-wise, and then people would associate the bumper sticker with people who act bad or drive horribly.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, I've had the exact same thought. Our bumpers are pristine (including no political ones, although I'm getting sort of tired of those who aren't--shall we say--nice). Appreciate your comment.