I am re-learning how to drive in Vancouver: aggressive, fast and leave the car filthy. An old guy in an old, dented Pathfinder covered in mud and going Hell-bent is, apparently, somewhat intimidating to the clean-car crowd and we are getting about rather well as a result. Kinda fun.
Our poor ol’ car reminds me of ‘Pigpen’ in the Charlie Brown cartoon. If we park at the Whole Foods store in Park Royal, the other cars and drivers shun us. And that is before we get out of the car!
We can easily find our car in a crowded lot because there is a little ‘dull spot’ with dust all around it.
Sal suggested we wash the car sometime but I am sure you understand my reluctance…………?
Still, there may be a municipal bylaw concerning that. Probably is. West Van got some doozies. Seems, for instance, you are not allowed to sell lumber in West Van. It is a bylaw. ‘No dirty, 2×4’s wanted ’round here!’ And the trades aren’t allowed to work after 5:30 pm nor are they allowed to even ‘be here’ on Sunday. So, given that we look dirtier and drive worse vehicles than the lowly trades, you can imagine our paranoia if we are caught ‘out’ after 5:30! And Sunday? We stay home.
“Honest, officer, we are OK. Just house guests of friends with low standards and high levels of tolerance for the unsightly. No. I don’t believe I have to provide you with their names! I think you are going to have to impound my car and take me to the station and run my prints before we do that. Gotta protect the innocent, you know? Want me to go home and shower first? Oh, sorry. You meant the car!?”
Oh well……..adventures come in different ways……….and, so far, this is just fun. We are enjoying it.