You might as well have spokey-dokeys!

Americans really like cars. They generally like big cars. That’s not really a problem because there are plenty of big roads to drive them on. The main road running along the southern edge of Palo Alto (called El Camino Real) is a 6 lane highway, with a speed limit of 35 mph. Admittedly, we are not in a very representative part of America here. We are in California for starters, which is a pretty cosmopolitan state, and then we’re living in Palo Alto, a town where something like 65% of the adult population have 4 years of college education (i.e. an undergraduate degree). So we see quite a few VW Beetles, Minis and Volvos as well as the Dodge Durangos and Ford Pickups. But the weirdest thing I have seen so far, car-wise, was a hopped-up blue something, metallic paint, tinted windows, and chromed hubcaps that spin around when the wheels aren’t moving. Now I am told by the knowledgeable N that these are illegal in the UK, for the obvious reason that they make your wheels look like they are moving when they aren’t. My thoughts were, as a piece of car decoration, they make about as much sense as spokey-dokeys for bikes!

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