Awkward Car Rides

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Awkward
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Everyone has been there. You don’t know how or why you’re with this person, but you are. Driving in a car alone with a person you have had limited to no contact with in your life. You and this person have no desire to interact with each other and yet you’re stuck for the 15 minutes it’s going to take to get out of the car, which you’ll likely spend debating the pros and cons of just jerking the car off the road, at least then you would have something to talk about. There are a couple of strategies people use to deal with the discomfort.

Obviously the first is to try and make conversation; the only problem is this person isn’t interesting, if they were you probably would have been friends. After about 38 seconds of this forced conversation you’re searching the car for something shiny to hold your interest. This is about the time when you start wondering to yourself how Eric from Boy Meets World became such a loser after high school. Also what are the chances that in college every character was in the same class and Feeny was the professor? Sean was a terrible student and Topanga was valedictorian, how are they going to the same college with the same major? I really miss that show.

Another idea is to turn up the radio, right? Except that is destined to lead to this exhilarating conversation, person A, “What kind of music do you like?” person B, “Oh I don’t care I’ll listen to anything” A, “Well it’s up to you I don’t care” B, “It’s your car you pick” A “I really don’t care”. Well at least there was no more awkward conversation right? Also, what’s worse than that panic before you start the car trying to remember the song you were just listening to and how loud you were listening to it? Nothing will set the tone for the awkwardness of that car ride like having Genie In a Bottle by Christina Aguilera blasting when you get in.

The lesson here is to buy a motorcycle, obviously. I don’t care if its winter or hurricane like conditions outside, that’s better than what you’re going through in that car. You’re going to spend the entire drive texting anyway, that’s just as dangerous right?

  1. Leah Mosher says:

    Oh gosh, I have such an awkward car ride horror story. I got a ride home to Syracuse for Thanksgiving a few years ago from a guy I vaguely knew. It was 2.5 hours of listening to show tunes and trying to pretend I didn’t increasingly dislike the driver. Never again.

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