Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tales from Driving

Every Tuesday morning, I try to leave at 8:27am to go teach a piano lesson at one of my student's homes. Once, a few months ago, I followed a champagne-colored Lincoln Town Car all the way from the back roads near my house to Capitol Boulevard, where I got on I-440, and the Town Car (fittingly) headed on towards downtown Raleigh. The Town Car had customized plates that said, "BABE&DON." At first, I mistook the 'd' for an 'o' also, and wondered what "BABE&OON" meant... and my early morning brain, presented with nearly 20 minutes of speculation as I followed that car, began to wonder if it meant "BABE" and "BABOON." (Yes, sadly, that was how my brain was working.) 

A few weeks later, on another Tuesday morning, the same car turned just in front of me onto a road VERY near my house, and I got to follow the car all the way to Capitol again. This time my caffeine had kicked in a little better, and I finally realized that it actually was "BABE&DON." As my interest was piqued by seeing the exact same car on my route again, I tried to discern what I could about the driver. All I could see was that the hair was short. I settled that it was "Babe." As my luck would have it, the car chose a different lane at a stoplight on Capitol, and I got a chance to more closely inspect the driver. It was clearly not "Babe," but "Don." He had short, spiky gray hair, and a long, thin face that somewhat reminded me of one of the bad guy Russians in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Since then, I have been followed by "Don" and he must always be running late when I see him, because he likes to tailgate. It's not very pleasant to feel like you're being trailed by an angry Soviet on your Tuesday mornings. This morning, Don had a fairly large animal carrier/cage in his backseat (a first) and I wondered what kind of animal he might have in it... this is where, should I allow my imagination to get carried away, I could seriously disturb myself. I will try to refrain, and next time I see Don, simply imagine something as harmless as what "Babe" might look like.

By the way, in a quick search on imdb.com, I found the actor, Igor Jijikine.


With slightly longer spiky hair, he would look just like Don!


  1. "It's not very pleasant to feel like you're being trailed by an angry Soviet on your Tuesday mornings." HAHAHAHA! Oh Lizzie, that is the most quotable thing I've heard said in a long time! How I did enjoy this post! :D

  2. Hehehehe! Thanks, Abigail! I'm glad you found it amusing. =D