Learning to DriveDownloadable Video - 2015
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Thoughts at the light from story:
“Riiight. You see, you are learning! Beef-stew it!”
But what if I get my license and I have one of these episodes of befuddlement when I’m alone at the wheel? Ben often has to remind me not to zone out, as I so frequently do even while I’m telling myself to stay focussed. For example, I’ll be staring at the red light, determined not to let my mind wander, and then I start wondering why red means “stop” and green means “go.” Is there some optic science behind this color scheme? Is it arbitrary? Perhaps it derives from an ancient custom, the way the distance between railroad tracks is derived from the distance between the wheels on Roman carts...
“Kahta,” Ben says gently, “the light has been green for some time now. Please, go!”
Thoughts at the light from film:
Darwan: Beware of living as well as non-living things...When you see a person ahead of you, Try to guess what they'll do next. Smoothly adjust. The driver's biggest problem is everyone else. You can't always trust people...To behave properly.
Wendy: Ain't that the truth. It is red light. I mean isn't it strange that red has come to mean "stop" and "danger"....It strikes to me that stopping is when you're safe. And going is dangerous.
Darwan: Do not talk, Wendy. When you talk, you don't see. Watch the light.
Darwan: Red is happy, it's...What the bride wears for her wedding in India.
Wendy: Yes, but what does it (car in red color) say about me? I'm a hot little number?... Hussie on board?
Darwin: It says..."Don't fxyk with me."
Analogy to driving from film:
"Wendy, how do you know if you put in... Enough salt and pepper when you're making a stew?"
"You taste it."
"Right. So what do you do when you lose track of which way the car is pointing...
When you parallel park?
"You taste it?"
"You just let the car move back a tiny bit...And see which way it goes. Taste the direction."
"And then you adjust the seasoning?"
"Right. You adjust a little bit and a little bit."
Analogy to driving from New Yorker's short story:
“Kahta, how do you know if you’ve put in enough salt and pepper when you are making beef stew?”
“Um, you taste it?”
“Riiight, you taste it. So what do you do if you’ve lost track of which way the car is pointing when you parallel-park?”
“I dunno, Ben. You taste it?”
“You just let the car move back a tiny bit and see which way it goes! You taste the direction! Then you— ”
“Correct the seasonings?”
“Riiight . . . You adjust!”
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