Monday, November 27, 2006


A lot of times when I'm stuck at a traffic light -- which is, like, a hundred times a day anymore -- I pass the time by watching the people in the car behind me in my rearview mirror. I call it "rearviewing." I try to be surreptitious, turning my head a little and then looking out of the corner of my eye at the mirror. It's interesting what you see sometimes, watching people who are in public but, being insulated by a big solid car, may think of themselves as in private. I've seen my share of nose-pickers, and the happy ones who bop and sing along with music I can't hear, and when there's more than one person in the car, sometimes a little drama gets played out.

Yesterday I was rearviewing while in a line of stopped traffic. The driver behind me was an attractive young woman with dark hair and olive skin, but I couldn't figure out what she was doing. Her head was still, turned to the side, a little elevated... and then suddenly I got it! She was rearviewing the car behind her !

Which made me wonder something I had never wondered before:

What are the people in the car ahead of me doing?


You mean you have never tried to look into the rearview mirror of the car in front of you? Try it sometime.

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