Funny quirks of spatial perception

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I was amused yesterday when I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things.  I found a spot in the area I usually like to park, and as I pulled alongside the grey car I was going to park beside, my mind quickly registered that that car was parked a bit crooked.  No biggie, as I figured I knew where the lines were and would park aligned with them.

At first glance it looks as if I managed to park straighter.  (see photo above)

However, I soon realized that the habit of reversing into a spot has me always looking to my sides and gauging the distance from any car at my side.  Even though I had made that mental note about the crookedness of the grey car, it seems that the habit of aligning myself with the neighbouring car was MUCH stronger than my sense of fitting into the rectangular lines.  Haha!

In the second photo you can see how crooked I was with the view to the line on my passenger side. 😊

 

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Starting to see them more….and more

 

About a week ago I was walking along a main street in downtown Montréal, Québec, with some friends, and as we came to this intersection, my attention was momentarily diverted to this parked car with a cable coming out of its front side slot and connected to the pole just a few feet back on the sidewalk.

Cool!

An electric car? At an electric charger?

I snapped some photos quickly, so I could catch up with my by-now-further-ahead friends, with the idea of researching at my leisure once I got back home.

 

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Here is another view of the car….

 

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When I described this Chevrolet to my kids, they immediately veered onto talking about the newish Bolt….completely electric car.

Our family is quite excited on the car trends finally moving further into the driving-with-electric technology, as we are keenly interested in people and businesses focusing on renewable energy resources and more sustainable living options.  Moving away from the heavy dependence on oil and onto solutions that encourage treading more lightly on our earth.

Now….as I am pulling these two photos up for this post, I am noticing some differences from the Chevrolet Bolt photos I had seen online.  With more in-depth googling, I have come across the Chevrolet Volt – a hybrid car that still uses gas but also uses electric charging capabilities.  The images of the Volt match the one in my photos.

Fascinating subject!

It’s good to be seeing these types of cars more and more.

And exciting what the future of cars and driving will bring!

 

 

Six Word Story #16

 

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Old Classic Lines Get a Make-over

 

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Yesterday I was out for a lunch date with a girlfriend, and afterwards we walked up the street for a bit.

I noticed this old-style beauty and spent a few minutes admiring it.  All sides.

 

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Including a personalized license plate name….

 

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Six Word Story #15

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Imagine driving this dazzling shimmery car!

 

What would it be like?

The car itself would be fun to drive.  And the colourful effect is occurring under flourescent lighting.  Would it be the same outside in the sun?  And what about on overcast, cloudy days?  Would it just look like a plain silvery car?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to those questions, so my imagination will always be wondering…..

Our Town Has Two!

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It’s always encouraging to see positive changes happening….especially in small towns, where the struggle sometimes occurs between keeping the “olden days” charm and embracing newer ideas and technologies.

For example,  several years ago, town council agreed to having a roundabout built to replace an intersection at the busier end of town – commuting traffic to and from the city – which often created traffic blockages.

I was thrilled to hear that news, because I had experienced for myself in trips to the U.K. and New Zealand just how handy roundabouts can be.  And they have oodles of them there!  One adapts easily to this method, and it keeps traffic flowing better.  Plus, there isn’t any need for traffic lights, the electricity and wiring usage normally required by those.

So, a few days ago, while driving through town from an errand, my sons and I caught sight of something new.  A promising new technology!

We have been keenly following improvements being made to solar energy for homeowners, as well as such innovations as electrically powered cars.

You should have heard the cheers in our car, when we spied – not one but TWO such stations – at one of the industrial businesses in our town.

Electric charging stations for those increasingly appearing new electric cars!

So good to see!

And in the meantime, we keep dreaming of our next car being an electric one.  🙂

 

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Some day we’ll get to see firsthand how these work!

 

 

Fun License Plates #2

Continuing on with some more fun and creative license plate words and names that I have discovered in the past two weeks….

 

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So…..it’s either Joy’s Mazda…..or Joyce’s Mazda?  Either way, it’s definitely her toy!  😀

 

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Again, some options are:  someone who enjoys putting a religious touch to things…..OR…..it’s someone’s favourite song?

 

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Well, and here,…..Fawn has a pretty spiffy looking Nissan!  😀

Okay, now three more added to my new and burgeoning collection.

 

 

 

 

Fun License Plates #1

The silly ideas one gets whilst standing behind a car and one’s gaze drops to that car’s license plate…..because it ISN’T just a random selection of letters and numbers but sometimes inventive, creative, or just funny words!  😀  They are personalized expressions of these car owners and meaningful to them in a myriad of ways.

Here are three that I have spied just in the past month….all in Ottawa.

I suppose this might be the beginning of a new photo collection?

 

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Aieee Caramba?

 

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This one has me intrigued.  Is it a business?  Or someone likes catlids….as opposed to doglids.  Who knew they had lids?  Eyelids, maybe?  What other lids could they be?

 

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Some cool dude, right?

 

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Six Word Story #10

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Flat tire means tow truck ride!

 

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So on Monday I got to have a ride, courtesy of the CAA  (Canadian Automobile Association), which offers roadside assistance services among other things to drivers all across Canada.

Here is the fine gentleman, Bob Mitchell, in the process of unloading my car again at the dealership where my car would get some needed care.  If you look closely, you might be able to notice which one is the flat.

The whole adventure began on the Saturday evening before, and I managed a temporary solution at that time. However, when I checked my car on Sunday, where it was nicely resting in our driveway, the tire had gone even flatter than before, so I decided that first thing on Monday, I would call for a tow truck.  It didn’t make sense to change the tire, since I was already at home.  Might as well benefit from the friendly, helpful service that my annual membership fees pay towards, right?

And the always awesome staff at the car dealership would be able to  take it from there and assess the situation.