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Um, I've ridden with you and I would prefer not to be in the passenger seat when you are backing up or going forward. Let your husband teach the kid to drive.

Suburban Kamikaze

The Midwest has made you soft. Everyone in Miami shaves their legs while driving. It's no big deal.


Seriously Jess

Reminds me of the scene in Talladega Nights where Ricky Bobby's dad drives his laboring mom to the hospital FAST -- and in reverse.

Though from the title of this post, I thought you were going to tell us you're pregnant.

Audubon Ron

Mr. Kamikaze: Dude, be thankful Mrs. Kamikaze is looking back. My Little Woman “Happy Feet”, as I call her driving persona, applies makeup while navigating the car in the reverse. One of the main dividends of owing acreage is never having to engage the reverse gear. Simple, just use the front driveway which circles to the back driveway and point the grill to the road. What does happy feet do? She barrels down the back driveway and damn near parks her Honda in the washroom.

Executive Suburbanite

Having been in the car with both of you when driving in reverse in icy conditions, I have to say that this is perhaps the one time I prefer your driving -- his "haul ass to avoid slippage" philosophy is questionable to say the least.


I back up in good weather and bad - a distinction so marginal as to be practically meaningless in Chicago

truly the quote of the day... or week or even year if things don't pick up.


You're supposed to turn your head when you're backing up? Well then why did God put those mirrors all over the car (besides for makeup application, I mean)?
I am suspicious that Mr. Kamikaze's objection to your technique has something to do with his concern that you're backing up while burdened by those twin distractions, a uterus and ovaries.

Suburban Sheepdog

Oh SK, this is painful for me.

Because your emotional and moral standing is so clearly superior here, I want to agree with you. I really, really do.

Sadly, you are wrong and he is right -- objectively, irrefragably right to a metaphysical certainty.

Unless -- oh could it be? -- you are driving a vehicle manufactured in the UK with right-hand drive.

But you're not, are you?

Suburban Kamikaze

I have been reading English spy thrillers, does that count?

Also, I just looked up "irrefragably" and it does not mean "being an asshole," so I can't really see how that applies in this context.



I've ridden with both of you as well, in forward and reverse and I have to say, hands down-----I prefer my driving? Seriously, you used to let small children jump up and down on the roof of the SUV and, though no specific incident comes to mind, I suspect Mr SK doesn't look over either shoulder because he is usually backing out with plywood, paint, trusses and roof beams strapped to the trunk. He needs a periscope and a red flag. As to which shoulder is the correct one to look back from, I don't believe in looking back and really, I don't think it matters if you back quickly enough and have a very loud horn. It's all about the timing.

Suburban Kamikaze

Exactly. Looking over your shoulder is no way to live.
I am pretty sure Gandhi said that. But it might have been Fleetwood Mac.


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