Games in Cars
Somehow the topic of Boston’s rap battle situation came up while we were driving, and I informed the kids that if someone pulled up alongside our car and challenged me to a rap battle, I’d have to politely decline because (1) I’m not really good at speaking off the top of my head, (2) I’m not really good at rapping in general, and (3) I really like to pay attention even at red lights, and I wouldn’t want to be distracted by their rhymes.
I told the twins that when I was younger, the thing to do was to pull up alongside a car in traffic and motion for them to roll down their window. Of course, that meant taking off your seat belt and leaning across the seat because most cars had windows that had to be manually rolled. It was truly a pain in the ass unless someone was in the passenger seat.
Anyway, once they had the window down, assuming you needed directions or that you were going to warn them that their tail light was out, you would say, “Do you have any Grey Poupon?” And then drive away.
We were such cards.
I asked the twins if kids still pump their arm up and down whenever they pass a truck while they’re on the school bus. It used to be a huge game to get truck drivers to pull their horn for you, and I remember mostly doing it on the bus but also in the car on long trips.
I asked Josh, and he did this as well as a kid, and we didn’t grow up in the same area. Anyone else?
Unfortunately, getting truck drivers to honk their horn no longer seems to be a thing.
Of course there was also punching the person next you — hard, in the arm — whenever you saw a Volkswagon Beetle. Yes? No?