Monday, June 16, 2008

The Amazing Multi-Tasker

I am addicted to multi-tasking. I'll be the first to admit it. And like most addicts, that behavior does not end when I get behind the wheel. Oh please, like you don't dial your phone or change the radio station when you're driving. See, we all do it.

Today I was behind a white civic that brought multi-tasking to a whole new level. I first noticed her because she was brushing her long hair while driving. Granted, there is not much skill required there. But then I saw that the vanity mirror was down thereby impeding her visibility. This led me to believe that she may have been applying makeup as well but I cannot verify that. Regardless, driving and brushing without looking at the road requires a modicum of skill. Kudos to her.

Then her deft left hand flicked a butt out the window. Ugh, a smoker. Still, where does she find the hands? One on the brush, one holding the cigarette, how does she hold the steering wheel? It's one of those mysteries or life that I guess I'll never know the answer to. Sigh.

And then, it happened. She did something so...so...so unbelievable that it completely blew my mind. This deft multi-tasker sort of shuttered with her right hand as the car jerked toward the right lane. Quickly, she recovered to our lane. You see, not only was she driving, smoking and brushing her hair but...drum roll please...the car was a manual. So somehow she found a way to shift gears. She loses a couple of points for that erratic jerk toward the other lane but that's a small price to pay to achieve such excellence in multi-tasking. Don't you think?

It's a miracle that we all made it to where we were going.

6 comments:

Megan June 16, 2008 at 2:15 PM  

Hmm, I can barely drive a manual when I'm fully concentrating on the task. Maybe my problem is too much focus. I should try playing Scrabulous whilst driving and see if that helps!

LCM June 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM  

I wonder if she is related to the guy I saw on my way to the Winco in Tigard. He was driving a manual Honda, talking on his cell phone and smoking a cigarette...who does that? No wonder his car was jerking all over the road.

The Tucson Gang June 16, 2008 at 6:02 PM  

Holy cow - that is a bit frightening! Good thing you were behind her! :-)

Traci

Matt Mikalatos June 16, 2008 at 9:12 PM  

Now you should buy her a hands free cell phone!

Jennifer June 17, 2008 at 8:32 AM  

Yikes...so nice to know that she was already off the road as I started my errands yesterday!

Beth June 17, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

That's awesome! It just amazes me what people do while driving these days! In my high school days I used to be able to change my clothes into my soccer gear while driving (don't tell my mom). Of course I have matured now and don't do that anymore and I use hands free to talk on my cell. The kids are the biggest distraction for me now.

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