Reasons I hate carpooling:
- Some people are terrible drivers, but in order to save a few bucks on gas and help the environment, I put my lives in their hands four times a week.
- Some people’s cars smell weird. (Air fresheners are not always our friends. Sometimes they just stink things up more.)
- Some people smell weird.
- Everyone has different ideas of what ideal commuting music is. Mine is not hip hop/techno mashups at 7 a.m.
Reasons to be grateful for carpooling:
- I save a few bucks (probably $100 a month) on gas.
- If someone else is driving, I can sit in back and read. At least until I start to feel queasy.
- I get to hear about what other people in my company do, since most of my ‘poolers are people I never come across during my work day.
- I enjoy the good carpooling karma.
My carpool people know about my…um, mild fondness… for Jason Mraz. He seems to pop on the radio almost as soon as we get in the car each day, unless it’s Country Music Guy’s day to drive, and someone always has to say, “Hey, is this that guy?”
I still manage to have my private Mraz moments though, and I’ll share this one from a few weeks ago with you:
I was smooshed in the middle of the backseat of a mid-sized car whose backseat was not meant for three people – at least not three adult people. The weather was windy and wet and our car was slowly lurching through heavy traffic on the Bay Bridge going into San Francisco and I wasn’t feeling too great.
I was thinking about how much I hated my commute and was this job even worth all the time I spend in my car and maybe I should find something else, but what else? because there aren’t a lot of good writing gigs out there right now and maybe I should just quit and go traveling again, but is that the responsible thing to do and maybe I was just grouchy and needed to get some perspective once I had a little room to move and wasn’t squished between two people who were completely absorbed in their Blackberries.
Yeah, my mind works like that.
And then, I saw that there was a big van in front of our car. We weren’t moving, so I had some time to look at it. Across the back, someone had written, “What are you grateful for today?” And I had to smile, and maybe chuckle a little. It was a good question. A Jason question.
WWJMBGF? What would Jason Mraz be grateful for? (If someone makes that into a bracelet I claim 5% of the profit.)
And I started to think about what I had to be grateful for, and it was a pretty good list. And as traffic started to move and our driver changed lanes to pass the van I saw that it belonged to Cafe Gratitude and I smiled even bigger.
I think it was about a week after that we got the announcement that the summer tour was going to be the Gratitude Cafe tour, and now we all have something to be grateful for.
Taste past the tip of your tongue,