The Things You Notice

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It struck me as rather weird, but perhaps you will disagree. I just thought I should relate it because it has been rattling around in my brain and writing it down is the best way to exorcise it.

The other day, as I was driving to work, I came to a stoplight. I was the second car in the line and there were several cars around me. After spinning through all the presets on the radio and finding only banal commercials, I decided to look around me. I am normally scanning around anyway, but looking for danger and possible danger is different than looking at the scenery.

The car in front of me was white. It was some kind of SUV. The car beside it was also white, and the same make of car. I am not up on all my cars to be able to tell you if they were from the same model year, but they looked quite similar. Instead of pursuing that further, I looked to my left and noticed something odd. That car was white too. Three white cars clumped together at the traffic light. Then I noticed that the car behind that one was also white, as was the one behind it.

What a rather odd coincidence I thought. Then I started scanning more, because surely the other cars would have some colour. No. the two cars behind me were white as well. I was completely surrounded by a bunch of white cars! I should point out that my car is bright blue like the picture above.

Sure, white is a popular colour. Weird that so many people would choose it in North America, though. When I lived in Japan a quarter of a century ago, white was the most popular car colour as it was cheapest to fix when bodywork was needed. That made it an attractive fleet car even if it didn’t turn any heads on the road. The resale value was also probably higher, but I am not sure about that.

I didn’t get paranoid and start thinking that I was being followed by “the men in white”, but it is just one of those things you see while driving.

Have you ever seen anything strange on the road? Please feel free to comment.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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12 Responses to The Things You Notice

  1. Zoewiezoe says:

    Haha – I can imagine how that must’ve felt strange!
    So much white, which – I think – is a horrible car color. I’ll take a red or blue one any day!

    • Anthony says:

      For a second, I felt like I was being pranked.
      As for white…..I have seen far too many white cars in my life….and no creative naming (off white, deep white, chalk white etc.) can improve it.

  2. Margie Swain says:

    Were they rav4s

  3. capejohn says:

    We bought a new car a year ago. Our choices were three tones of white, grey or black. Any other color had to be specially ordered.

  4. retrodee says:

    Wow that is weird. My Mom always says she hates white cars because they’re too bright and they look like they’re coming straight at you. Once I was looking down the road, about to cross the street in Sonoma, and there were all these restored Tin Lizzies driving by. I thought that was strange, but then I found out there was an old car show in the area.

    • Anthony says:

      One day in September, 5 or 6 very high end cars passed me when I was out for a ride on my bike. I am sure a meeting of the small penis overcompensation club was meeting somewhere. It couldn’t have been a coincidence.

  5. I would probably just think ‘how cool, this conincidence’ I suppose some of the strangest things I have seen on the road is big lizards and snakes crossings. Would hate to hit those!

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