Thursday, March 22, 2007

dear those of you who drive or know better...

maybe you can help me. i never really had to deal with this kind of protocol in the south, so i honestly don't know: when you get a ride with someone and the car is covered in snow, do you dust it off with the brush/scraper, or do they? i always waited- if they handed over the brush i was prepared to dust away (assuming it's as easy as it looks). but always, people have just taken the snow brusher/scraper in hand and gone about doing it themselves. meanwhile, i sat and worried about it, but wondered if it was something so embedded in the canadian behaviour they didn't even notice the process of wiping snow off things. but it did come up recently and now i'm really baffled/paranoid about it.

is it just as awkward to sit in the car while the person you're driving wipes the snow off? do you trust other people to? what is fair, exactly? maybe take turns? if there were two brushes, i'd gladly split it half and half, but that seems extravagent... or is it just fair that a ride deserves not having to brush snow/chip ice away?

like i said, i just wait and see what's expected. but i wonder if i'm committing some 'bad passenger' faux pax by not doing it automatically. if my car door is unlocked, i generally unlock the driver's side before they get around to it. that much i know. but anything with cold business, i am in the dark...

for future reference: if you are driving me and want me to, i certainly don't mind. again, assuming there's no trick to it.



Blogger mr. john fury said...

i tend to grab whatever implement i can find & help scrape. usually i just use my hands and go around & get annoying bits off; the side mirrors, the headlights, the back fender. stuff like that. that way it's not so awkward & you don't feel like Sambo's overseer.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous francisco de lapetina said...

you have got to be kidding me.

10:41 PM  
Blogger kaylen said...

me or him? i'm serious. i assume he is, though i thought the point of the brush was, it didn't risk scratching the person's car... lordy if i want to be responsible for that kinda business.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, we Canadians expect any southern passengers to sweep the snow off, vacuum the interior, wash the exterior, and polish the chrome. Oh, and don't forget to scrub the floor mats.

1:18 AM  

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