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June 5, 2002
The awkward mix of Kombi Vans and traffic lights
Today I went for a half hour drive in A Real Car.TM (A Real CarTM is here defined as "not a Kombi Van.")
It was strange. The half hour drive took eleven minutes.
The only explanation I can put forward for this puzzling state of affairs is that I wasn't driving the Kombi. If I had, it definitely would've taken half an hour. Maybe more.
The Real CarTM had some unfamiliar features. Chief amongst these was an accelerator pedal that actually did something. I put my foot down on it and the car went faster. That's normal, I guess, but what was unfamiliar was that it did so straight away. In a Kombi, the accelerator pedal is mainly there for decoration. It's considered quite acceptable to put your foot on it, but there's no guarantee that anything will actually happen.
So. I'm driving A Real CarTM and then I notice something about the traffic lights. For the first time ever, I got more than one green light in a row. In fact, I got green light after green light. It was all very exciting, but then I started to wonder why this was so unusual.
And then I realised that I'm a Kombi driver. And Kombi drivers are on a different journey from other drivers. We get more time to think. We get to drive around a stylish, slow-moving house, with a sink and a fridge and a comfy bed. And we get to look really cool, even if our cars are decorated in psychedelic colours.
But mainly, owing to the presence of a decorative accelerator pedal, we get to see a lot of red lights.Posted by Sean Hegarty at 01:49 AM in the Kombi vans category | Comments (0)
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