TUESDAY WRITING CONVERSATION

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”The Zaniest Show I Ever Did”

No one in talk radio knows for certain what will resonate with listeners.  Or why.  To Neil’s consternation and surprise, one of his most popular ”Exchange” programs was ”Driving With your Mate.”  These are his crib notes for the program, which elicited comments from callers for two months running.

Did you ever get lost, really lost?  How did you get unlost?

Why are male drivers reluctant to ask directions?

Are men better than women at driving?  I know my own wife, Catharine, gives up as a map reader and as a navigator at least once on every trip we take.

Do you think men change personalities when they get behind the wheel?

I do most of the driving in my family.  I consider myself a good driver, and I am uncomfortable with someone else behind the wheel.  i wonder why that is?  I don’t like driving with drivers I don’t know.  It makes me nervous.  I feel more comfortable behind the wheel than sitting in the passenger seat.

There is something darn funny about how a car affects people.  Why do we always pack so much luggage?  Going let’s say, to Rawdon, we have enough luggage in the trunk to go on a cruise around the world on the Queen Mary.  Why do we need so much luggage?

Catharine’s reply:

The darling man was directionally challenged, known to go through the occasional stop sign or red light unless the navigator, me, could stop him.  Never a dull moment!  The luggage, on the other hand, was mostly mine, and never ceased to amaze him.  Can you believe we made it?

Jean P.

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