While waiting in the line up of cars for the highway, I sat in my van behind Ms. Gallant. I watched her as she crept along while putting on her face (mascara, lipstick, eyeliner…the whole thing). Later, I sat behind Mr. Enterprise who seemed to be responding to emails on his Blackberry type device while driving ON the highway. Correction, he was NOT driving at all. I let it go for a minute and then tapped my horn to remind him of where he was.
I should have been amused at all of this, but I wasn’t. Instead I was left a musing: It’s not that I am in such a hurry, but can’t these things be done elsewhere? Perhaps Ms. Gallant could have made herself up before she hit the road. Mr. Enterprise could have checked his email after he arrived at his destination. Are we in such a hurry that we need to multi-task EVERYTHING?
Why does it bug me? I have been guilty of multi-tasking while driving. As I continue to contemplate the whole thing, I realize that it isn’t the fact that Ms. Gallant and Mr. Enterprise didn’t do these things elsewhere, it’s that they are so into them that they have no regard for the other people in the world with them.
I continue my muse. Ms. Gallant is prettying herself up so that the world will notice her, and all the while she ignores the world. At the same time, Mr. Enterprise desperately tries to stay connected with the world via his little electronic device and is so disconnected from where he actually is that I have to honk at him to get him back.
It really is amusing?