QOTD: Were You a Lone Wolf?
This past weekend’s Canadian Thanksgiving afforded me the opportunity to converse with non-Twitter “normies,” thus allowing me to learn a thing or two about how such people live their lives. Of particular note was what goes on in my friend’s son’s high school parking lot.
No, I hadn’t heard reports of illicit activity, though you can be sure it’s happening. Damn sure. Instead, my interest lay in what his fellow students drove, and if they drove. Recalling my angsty, awkward high school years during the height of ’90s nihilism, it seemed my school’s student lot would double nicely as a BHPH lot stocked with nothing but aging GM relics. Granted, the school was a rural one, and its student body was hardly a bastion of wealth and privilege. My friend’s son’s school, on the other hand, is urban, and Soundgarden is no longer burning up the charts.
How would these two student bodies differ in their vehicle use, I wondered?
Upon hearing that the only students who drove their own cars were those whose parents bought them said cars, I recoiled in horror. Apparently, many of them are nice (read: new) rides. Not only that, but the severe lack of students driving their own beat-up, self-bought vehicles makes the likelihood of anyone at that school having a set of keys (fobs?) in their pocket a rare thing.
One can imagine the lack of impromptu off-roading during spare periods or lunch hour. What do these kids do with their free time — spend it on social media? Protest problematic speech? Explore strange new feelings? Smoke copious amounts of weed in the park a block over?
How will they learn to rock a sensible sedan out of unexpectedly deep mud?
I take solace in the possibility that this scenario might not be a nation-wide thing; that outlying schools probably have a heap of mildly interesting, aging rides populating student lots, many of them bought with pocket change for the purpose of ushering eager young minds across swaths of sparsely populated countryside in all types of weather, and under all manner of driving skill.
My mind also considered the idea that being the one student in a circle of friends with access to a car might eventually prove annoying. It’s your job to ferry Kayden and Brayden and Kyleigh and Kayla everywhere. No one else’s. Plans hinge on your availability. It could be a bit of a drag, though it’s better than having no vehicle access.
Were you this hypothetical student — the only one in your high school peer group with their own vehicle, or regular access to one? How did that work out for you?
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