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getting the car inspected

I still haven't managed to do any more Inktober sketches, in spite of some excellent prompts, but here's a doodle of a young woman who was in the waiting room at the mechanic's where I went to get my car inspected.

She was perched on one of those molded-plastic chairs that have depressions for your bottom and your back. She had her legs drawn up to her chest and was concentrated fixedly on her phone. She was pretty, but nervous seeming, someone I'd expect to express themselves in waves of rapid speech.

She was having a Prius fixed. Unrelated to whatever its troubles were, it was missing its rear hubcaps. Before it had been missing one, but now it was missing both. "Oh well--now it's symmetrical," the woman said.

One of the mechanics chatted with her as she was paying, from which he (and I) learned that she'd moved to this area from California, which she'd left because of the--what do you guess? Guess anything! I was thinking she'd say wildfires. (Answer is below the picture.)

at the service station

She said traffic. Which I know is bad, based on what friends have told me. But so bad that you move state? And not just to a different state, but 3,000 miles away? There's more to this story than meets the eye. Or ear. It's none of my business, but I do wonder.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/867522.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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yamamanama
Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
That's a nice picture.
asakiyume
Oct. 24th, 2017 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!
heliopausa
Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:59 pm (UTC)
Of course you wonder! I mean, of course one does. :) That's one of the places stories come from, isn't it?
(My guess was high rental prices, though, which would make a very dull story.)
asakiyume
Oct. 24th, 2017 12:27 am (UTC)
Definitely the place stories come from!

And escaping because the rent is high might seem mundane, but then the question becomes, why travel 3,000 miles? There are lower-rent places in between....
sartorias
Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:29 pm (UTC)
Nice drawing!

I'd love from the heat and traffic in a nanosecond.
asakiyume
Oct. 24th, 2017 12:28 am (UTC)
You can come settle in Massachusetts any time ;-)
duccio
Oct. 24th, 2017 12:11 am (UTC)
I've been noticing that you have been concentrating on drawing like I have. Good for both of us!
asakiyume
Oct. 24th, 2017 12:31 am (UTC)
Only for October! I'm still writing, but longer stuff that I can't really share bits of in my journal.

It's true, though, that I haven't felt as talkative, and drawing is something I can share without much talking.

And I haven't seen your recent drawings! I need to come look.
inspirethoughts
Oct. 24th, 2017 06:20 pm (UTC)
I didnt want to move to CA because of traffic...and it took me a few years to realize that not all places are like LA and SFO there...there are places too that have the peace and quiet I look for....although this woman's story definitely seems to have more to it.
asakiyume
Oct. 26th, 2017 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you discovered some peaceful places! Always driving would be so stressful...
oiktirmos
Oct. 25th, 2017 06:47 pm (UTC)
A drawing that transports you to the service station (or to the bus station, or...)
Although she is probably texting, I can only imagine her working on this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/15_puzzle

asakiyume
Oct. 26th, 2017 08:47 pm (UTC)
I love those puzzles! I have one on my desk and I've used it as a concrete way of explaining that sometimes not only is the way to our destination not straightforward, sometimes it involves doubling back--doubling back isn't always wasted time; sometimes it's absolutely necessary.
ericmarin
Oct. 26th, 2017 09:50 pm (UTC)
That's a nifty drawing, and it captures the nervous energy you observed in her. (And your drawing prompted me to write a senryu, so thank you!)

Edited at 2017-10-27 01:09 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Oct. 27th, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'll have to come look at the senryu! I'm glad you could feel her nervous energy from the picture.
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