The truck is once again safe and road legal, if still in need of other repairs. Whoo-hoo! *does happy dance* I’ve been trying to make sure I get out for a drive every day, even if it’s just to run errands, and get myself back in shape and my truck and I reacquainted with one another.
It’s good to be back out on the road again. The weather was unsettled and mercurial from an incoming cold front the other day, and there were several snow squalls blowing through the region. As one of them, a particularly fierce one, enveloped the truck in a wall of wind and snow, hiding the world in swirling white, I had the amusing realization that the tension in my shoulders had just released and I was utterly relaxed. Yes, in a whiteout, I was completely at peace.
There is a kind of serenity that descends in the narrowing of the world when driving in severe weather. You have no choice but to focus on navigating and steering the vehicle you are in control of, and nothing else. Your whole being coalesces around the machine that is an extension of your own body, feeling the surface beneath your wheels, the shifting, blinding white that obscures the world and reduces your vision to almost nothing, and so you have to listen to the road’s voice to tell you how find a safe path out of danger. There is no room for anything else, and that is strangely freeing.
As a reward for trusting the road, I beheld the glory of the afternoon sun over a snow-dusted field, and it was worth it.
It occurred to me, as I was watching the squall devour the sun and the world, that I often see things while driving that I would love to be able to get photos of, but driving and taking pictures isn’t exactly the safest or smartest combination of things. I got to wondering if there was a way to manage it, and I think I might have found a way.
My phone charger/holder is mounted on the windshield, and is one of the fancy multi-articulated ones, meaning that I can adjust it to whatever angle my little heart desires. So, on today’s drive, I tested it to see if I could position it so that all I had to do was tap the screen and get a shot of the road, and it worked pretty well.
Yeah, that’ll work well enough.
Also, I accidentally ended up in Rhode Island on today’s drive. I wasn’t expecting to cross a state line, but I apparently found a different route to get there from home.
I was a little disturbed by the fact that it was pretty deserted, to be honest.
The main issue now is that, while it’s about as complicated to work as changing the radio station, it does require me to take my eyes off the road a little longer than I care to, to make sure I hit the right button on the screen, which…not great. Fine on totally open roads, like here, or while stopped, but… So now I’m researching Bluetooth or other solutions for telling the phone to operate the camera, which will let me keep my eyes on the road, my hands on the wheel, and not get me in legal trouble (distracted driver laws are A Thing around my region…we won’t mention the fact that I rarely have two hands on the wheel at any given time, and no one cares if I take a swig of coffee, but gods forbid you think about a cell phone…I have Opinions about the scope of those class of laws, even as I accept that I have to follow them). So far, it’s looking like mounting a Bluetooth remote on the steering wheel is a viable option. I’ll be able to situate the phone where I want it to be aimed before I get on the road, and then just click a button when I want to, without ever taking my hands or eyes off the road.
In art news, I finished another small painting that I’ll be listing for sale shortly. I’m not going to lie, it was a hard piece to do. The news these last few days has been more grim than usual and it’s difficult to paint whimsical things when everything in the world is screaming and fire. It’s hard to remember that this is the time when I need to be creating more whimsy, to counter the screams and remind people that there is still light and good things in the world, and that it is important.
Thus, a smol, sad monster who knows they are not very big and they can’t do anything Important to make the world stop being terrible, but it can light a candle and hope, oh so very much, that it can add just a little more light to hold the darkness at bay.
It is a wee little monster, only on 4 x 4 paper, but it’s doing it’s best and that is all I, or anyone, can ask of it.