Wednesday, December 3, 2008

confusion


this morning i was lost in doodlethought at dean & deluca when i looked out the window at my car and panicked: there were two of them. my instant thought was that my car had reproduced. of course it hadn't, but in that millisecond between daydream and reality, i was genuinely confused. even after reason jumped to the rescue and assured me that my car wasn't capable of replicating itself, i still couldn't tell which one was mine for a few moments. the other, parked right next to mine, was the same make, model, year, and color, and it was just as filthy. once i sorted that out, my mind drifted to one of my favorite scenes from anne lamott's hard laughter: two pals were driving merrily along the highway when they passed the exact same car as theirs, and totally confused, one turned to the other and said, "was that us?"

so, i wasted five minutes of doodletime on that one, but the diversion was worth it.

12 comments:

joanne said...

this has happened to me too...it's really bad when you put your key into the lock of someone else's identical car, and all seems normal to that point because the door unlocks...and you don't realize it isn't your car until you get in and see a lot of stuff you don't recognize...

...in this moment i recalled something a co-worker once said when he couldn't find his glasses (which were of course sitting on top of his head), "i'm not a complete idiot...some parts are missing".

i love love love your artwork, use of color, and your unbelievably gorgeous illustrations and lettering!

●• Tiny Red said...

car cloning??? double vision?!!! confused state of mind... hahahahahaahoh well, life as a space cadet can be fun! :))))

Bella Sinclair said...

...Little did she realize that it was Future Aimee who had slipped through a worm hole. And had the two Aimees made contact, it would have been the end of the time-space continuum as Doc Brown had predicted.

I so wish I could have your level of looseness and freedom. I'm sure there's a great deal of careful planning and structure involved in your pieces, but you make them all seem so effortlessly creative! How do you do that!

cindy : quaint said...

cars are generic looking these days. thank goodness for automatic beepers/car door openers to identify your own.

Krissy said...

hehehe! brain fart :)

my mom used to drive an old beetle and her guy friends used to pick up her car and move it on her when she was somewhere. she always thought she was losing her mind :)

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

bah ha ha ha ha ha!!!! don't you wish you could have seen the owner of the other car to see if there were any more parallels! you def have the twilight zone thing down!

Christy said...

Your stories are so funny! :) Me, I once tried to hop into another person's car in a parking lot, thinking it was my grandfather's car. The gentleman in the driver's seat was very surprised. So was I.

jess gonacha said...

ha! that would totally freak me out. like there was someone just like me wandering around, acting just like me, saying the same things i say at the same time.... yikes! what a fun confusing moment, though! :)

painted fish studio said...

you are so awesome.

L'Atelier said...

lol!
how did you recognize yours? do you know your numberplate? i've never known mine ever! so i would have to look into the car, the one with the huge mess in it would be ours, ahm my husbands- its also his mess! ;)

aimee said...

it was a spacey moment for sure! finally the license plate number gave it away. funny stories - you all gave me a laugh! and welcome joanne - thanks for your kind words - i'm glad you got the blogger ID to work :)

Nina said...

I was driving with friends in college, and we passed another car with a girl who looked exactly like me in it. Everyone in our car pointed and laughed, and everyone in their car pointed and laughed. It was really funny. Ah, memories!