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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You ONCE Back Into A Tree. . .

My sons, 38 and 39, informed me that ourvgrandkids had  bought us a special gift, and presented us with a package done up in Christmas paper with a bow.  When I opened it, I read the words, "Back Up Camera," and saw a small screen about the size of an IPhone.

On of my sons is always complaining that I'm not keeping up with technology because I don't send and receive text messages, and I don't take pictures with my phone (even though my cell phone does have those capabilities.) .  My first thought was that this was some kind of camera-phone intended to "back up" my regular camera.

When I said I already had a camera, my older son explained it was a back up camera for my car.  When I still looked confused, he said the camera attaches to the rear license plate on my car, and the viewing screen goes on the dashboard so you can see behind you when you put the car in reverse!


I'll admit that the reverse gene may be missing from my driving DNA.  Backing the car down his downward sloping, curved driveway is not my favorite thing to do.

Then there's my lack of depth perception.  Back in high school (in the days of the Model T Ford) when I took Driver Education, I did quite well except for that machine you look into and indicate which car is closest to you; I swear, as far as I was concerned, they were all equi-distant.  Hence we discovered that I don't have depth perception.

Add to that the fact that three years ago, I had a little mishap in my younger son's driveway.....


I was backing our car into a turnaround space off his driveway which was wide enough for two cars.  There was a car already parked in the turnaround, so I was being very careful not to back into that car (compensating for my lack of depth perception) and failed to notice the tree on the other side of the turnaround.

Honestly!  You back into a tree once, crack a taillight, and they never let you forget it!  According to my older son, every time Mr. Eva and I leave my son's house, the kids run upstairs and hide under their beds for safety!  He says they fear for their lives, and that's why they wanted to get us this Christmas present!

I'm not sure if I should be thrilled or insulted, but I'll I guess I'll take the camera and hope it serves as protection for the trees and taillights in the future!

EVA (AKA, Crash)

14 comments:

Dazee Dreamer said...

I think I have the bad backup gene also. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

The Broad said...

I can't help but wonder if you will make use of this camera -- by remembering to look at whatever is on the screen -- or will it just add to the confusion?

River said...

Ha Ha, do something once and they expect it all the time!

I don't drive at all, so the trees near me are all quite safe.

Brian Miller said...

ha, yeah might not let you forget that one...you know my mom texts more than any of us...

Terri Sonoda said...

HaHa, Eva, you sound just like me! I am backup challenged for sure. I didn't know you could buy those backup cameras separately. I'll have to look into that. Don't ya love it when the family teases? I love it. And I give as much as I get. LOL

rosaria said...

Their intentions were great! Go on, have them install it the device for you. They'll think they are saving your life by all this technology.

Chris@Knucklehead! said...

The gift that will keep on giving. If they REALLY wanted to be all smart-assy about it, they'd have included a helmet.

SherilinR said...

backing down a long, curving driveway makes me sweaty. i haven't hit anything in reverse yet, but i'm often sure that i'll slide off the edge and into a ditch.

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Lol oh Eva. She who injures trees. Inhale to admit, I think those cameras are cool! Merry Christmas!!

The Frisky Virgin said...

LOL--yeah, you make one tiny little error and loved ones never let you forget it...like the time I flooded the hotel bathroom by not placing the shower curtain in the tub. Honestly, how was I supposed to know?!

And, um, I'm a terrible texter. So slow. lol

Sue said...

I would actually love to have one of those rear view cameras. I could use one!

=)

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: My sons are merciless! They get me laughing so hard sometimes I get tears!

rosaria: I know, and I really do appreciate it.

Frisky: My sons are relentless with the teasing!

injaynesworld said...

Those things are cool. Plus you can see if anyone creepy is sneaking up behind you and have plenty of time to gun it and run him down. :)

Eva Gallant said...

Jayne: I'm anxious to get it installed and see how it works!