Monday, October 4, 2010

Buckle up

I consistently pile items on the passenger seat of my car. On those occasions when I have a passenger, I try to beat him or her to the car and transfer the pile to the backseat or the trunk. While mildly inconvenient, it is not enough for me to change my ways.

What is problematic is that my car has a safety feature that causes it to beep incessantly when it believes someone in the car does not have a seatbelt on. I've come to understand that when I pile my work and other items on the passenger seat, it believes I have placed a small child on the seat with no restraint. It panics (as I would too if I thought someone were travelling with a small child with no seatbelt): "BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!" it chirps frantically.

At first I ignore it, but it continues. "BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!." As much as I try to tune it out, it's simply not possible. "BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!" In a predictable fit of frustration, I throw whatever is on the passenger seat to the floor. The beeping stops.

Every time, this causes me to ponder the inner workings of the car brain: "BEEP! BEEP! She's got a child on the seat! BEEP! It's not safe! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! Someone's going to get hurt! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!" "Everybody relax. It's ok. She's thrown the child on the floor."


  1. Or thrown it out the open window ;-)


  2. My sister says leave the seatbelt buckled.