October 7, 2010

Once A Freak Magnet, Always A Freak Magnet

Please to be explaining, if you will...

I was sitting at a light yesterday, in rush hour traffic, making a left hand turn across a major road. Whilst waiting - and always curious about people - I looked in the rearview mirror to see just who was behind me. Then, still stopped, I returned my attention to the road ahead. It was then that I began hearing something odd, something that sounded like a tambourine being played by my rear tires. I glanced in my rearview mirror again. And there, in the car behind me was the same woman enthusiastically singing and playing finger cymbals.

And that would be a good enough story had it stopped there. But it didn't.

After a few seconds of finger cymbal riffing, said woman - a tall, African-American woman with long dreadlocks - exited her car and began dancing around her car. While singing and playing finger cymbals. After two circuits of her car, she got back inside and acted as if none of this had happened. Meanwhile, at some point during this episode of Dancing With The Cars, the light had changed and the individual behind Dancing Queen began honking. And I'm thinking dude, did you not see what just happened here, because surely I get a pass for being distracted, right?

Care to venture a random guess what this woman's story was? What drives someone to dance in traffic with finger cymbals ablaze?

Posted by Chris at October 7, 2010 6:35 AM

You just never know when the rhythm is gonna get you.

Posted by: TeresaLynn at October 7, 2010 7:34 AM

I think she was blessing her vehicle/exorcising demons from her vehicle.

Posted by: Allan at October 7, 2010 7:44 AM

Joie de vivre!

Posted by: Elizabeth at October 7, 2010 9:19 AM

Adding a little joy to her commute? I don't know - sometimes I wonder if it wouldn't be amazing to be so joyful and unabashed I could get out of my car and dance in traffic.

(Okay, I've never actually thought about dancing in traffic. TIL NOW. But the point is the same - how freeing it must be to just not give a shit)

Posted by: Sarah at October 7, 2010 9:46 AM

You are totally a freak magnet.

Posted by: Heather at October 7, 2010 9:49 AM

Hara Krishna hazing initiations?

Posted by: k8 at October 7, 2010 10:06 AM

That sounds excellent. Definitely joie de vivre! I hope that happens to me sometime.

Posted by: Jenn at October 7, 2010 10:25 AM

Dude. I've been to D.C. several times and I never saw the freak flag flying so high as you do on a daily basis. That's just awesome.

Her? Just caught up in the moment. I'm betting that happens often in her day.

Posted by: Brad at October 7, 2010 10:40 AM

Guilty! Well, not with finger cymbals but having gotten out of the car to dance while stuck in traffic. Once in high school. And once in college. LOL.

This is extreme case of rocking out, man. Dashboard drumming is for sissies.

Posted by: oakmonster at October 7, 2010 10:51 AM

Can't begin to guess her story, but how freaking awesome! I just get rewarded with nosepickers when I dare to look around at lights.

Posted by: Kate M at October 7, 2010 11:22 AM

oh, life here is so special...

Posted by: magnolia at October 7, 2010 12:00 PM

Maybe she was doing some sort of "change the light to green" dance. Clearly it worked. Things like this should not be questioned. LOL

Posted by: Michelle at October 7, 2010 12:04 PM

Solo Chinese fire drill with flair?

Posted by: sw at October 7, 2010 12:37 PM

Acid. Acid or mushrooms.

Posted by: Mark V at October 7, 2010 2:23 PM

She saw it was you, and was determined to get herself mentioned in your blog.
Or, she saw it was you, and was determined to distract you so you'd have an accident in your shiny new Kharmann Ghia.

Posted by: jw at October 7, 2010 6:42 PM

I'm not sure that I even want to know...

Posted by: Hope at October 7, 2010 9:03 PM

you totally need to write a little book of all the strange crap you have seen over the years. or better yet a desktop calendar. one wacko per day. i would totally buy it. cha-ching!

Posted by: stephd at October 8, 2010 12:32 PM

I have no skill for quipping, but got several hearty chuckles from previous commentors :-)

TeresaLynn's response was perfect.

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