What's Wrong With This Picture: Dream Analysis Edition
I know Ed isn’t a big fan of goofy pictures like this, but he’s up on Mt. Hood skiing in fresh powder and I’m here feeding the hungry monster. This photo just speaks to me very deeply; directly to my subconscious, actually. So I’ll try to do it justice with some profound analysis:
Having once been a city bus driver, this picture gives me a severe case of the willies. I have had a recurring nightmare for decades of driving a bus or other some other vehicle, and the steering wheel comes off in my hands at the hub. Paging Carl Jung! Am I the only one, or is it just the driver’s proto-fear? At least the driver in this picture still has the spokes, because in my dream I’m frantically grabbing the splined hub with my bare hands.And his modern bus undoubtedly has power steering. The big old GMCs I drove didn’t, if you can believe that. Maybe modern drivers don’t have the dream anymore for that reason alone.
If analyzing my deepest subconscious fears is not your thing, there’s also some historical context here. In the earliest days of the automobile, the steering wheel hadn’t been yet invented (or at least in common use). Various tillers, single and double handed were used, like on Henry Ford’s 999 racer.
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