“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Ladies, please ...
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I know you all take pride in your multi-tasking talents, but I am begging you not to hone these skills while driving on our public roadways. I have been forced to honk WAY too many times this week at drivers in front of me who failed to notice when the red light turned green ... and nearly every single time it was a woman driving. ... AND, in most of those cases, she was talking on her G.D. cell phone!

Trust me: the call can wait. Our moms managed quite well without the nifty little devices. I know y'all are the more social of the two genders, but please ... keep our safety and societal efficiency in mind here. New studies are showing that the human brain is NOT capable of engaging in conversation and tackling other chores efficiently ... and the hands-free option does not help any.

Do what I do: Simply refuse to answer your phone while driving. Then, after you've parked in the lot or driveway, you can return the call.

Please. Do you realize how much better traffic would flow if we all just concentrated on DRIVING?!?! That means less time commuting ... and more time at home ... talking on the phone.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guilty! Not so much of gabbing as being unable to resist the urge to see what email has my blackberry buzzing. I get reading and don't notice the light has changed. I do not look at it while driving, tho I have been guilty of DWG (driving while gabbing)

I had always poo-pooed those studies that compared DWG to driving drunk because, I reasoned, it's not worse than changing CDs, breaking up a fight between kids, trying to find a station among the hundreds among my satellite radio -- all of which I do -- and never had an accident.

But now that seems like the arguments of people who ignore smoking bans, saying George Burns smoked cigars every day and lived to be 100. Doesn't make smoking safe tho.

My conversion has come by way of the fascinating book Brain Rules by John Medina, a molecular biologist who is a heckuva writer. He does a great job explaining how the brain works. I just finished the chapter on the myth of multi-tasking and I'm a believer. Focus on one thing at a time, people. Here's his web site: http://www.brainrules.net/

But Ad, I've had plenty of guys nearly run me off the road while on the cell phone. Considering that insurance companies consider women the safer drivers, your bad week doesn't excuse stereotypes, dude.

January 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, Sharon: THanks for the head's up on the book. I'd heard it mentioned on NPR's series about multi-tasking, which, as you probabaly know, said women do NOT have any wiring that makes them better at multi-tasking.
Also: I don't know if you've looked lately (as I have, unfortunately, with a 17-year-old), but the auto-insurance rates for young women have matched those for young men in many cases... because their accident rates are nearly identical.
This one I can't understand....boys are just naturally more careless, aren't they? Are young women losing their fearlessness? Interesting, no?
Have a good one.

January 7, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah..hey..way to go Sharon...
I think it may be true that women are not necessarily better at doing more that 2 things at once, but men are way better at not be able, too. LOL

January 7, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! you make my head hurt, Anonymous. That's a very Zen observation.

I had not realized young girls had caught up with young boys in the recklessness dept., Ad. Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me these days. Did you see that story that 1 in 5 teens have sent a racy pic of themselves to boys or posted online? And it's 20 percent for 20somethings! Oy.

You've come the wrong way, baby.

January 7, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psst. Ladies....you need to know a secret..It's not that men CAN'T multitask and help more around the house....it's just that they choose not to because they know you'll do it all for them.
Sorry guys -- cat'sout of the bag now.

January 7, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew it!

January 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Kristy Kiernan said...

Anon, I've used that trick for years. Told my now husband I couldn't cook when I met him, about 19 years ago. I've cooked, maybe, 6% of our meals overall. Thing is, I'm actually a really good cook. But how I love NOT doing it! Works for my book club too. I'm the official wine bringer.

January 7, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

It works both ways, guys/gals ... My corporate-exec. WIFE can't find ANYTHING in the refrigerator..."Where's the peanut butter?" she'll ask, and it's just six inches from her face....Maybe, as two of my novels have explored ...maybe it's learned behavior, and not gender-specific wiring. I say in "Househusband" that "women's instinct is nothing more than senses on steroids" ... something developed by whoever is the caregiver ... because if we can anticipate/sense problems before they emerge, then our lives as caregivers will be easier in the long run.

January 7, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

I have two things to say:

First, I was cut off twice today on the way to work by MEN who were trying bold maneuvers: one making a u-turn that took up 3 lanes (and with his dog hanging out the window) and the other, a flatbed truck driver who was ON THE PHONE and weaving in and out of traffic as if he were driving a sportscar.

Your wife cannot find the peanut butter because she's not really thinking about peanut butter when the words flow. She's thinking about something else, which we multi-tasking women tend to do.

I interpret it as this: body needs food. Open fridge. Then brain kicks into super-multi-task drive: Did I update that budget item in the last revision? Sh*t, what time is it? When's that conference call? Sh*t. I have to eat SOMETHING..."

"Hey, Ad, where's the peanut butter?"

The end.

January 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Kristy Kiernan said...

Okay, wait, there's a much more important question that hasn't been addressed here: WHY the hell is the peanut butter in the refrigerator to begin with?

January 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I buy fresh-ground peanut butter ... the kind that only has peanuts in it....and it goes rancid at room temperature.
Publix grinds their own, and I use to buy it until they started using bad peanuts. Honestly, the best unadulterated peanut butter now is made by Smuckers. Try it, you'll like it; you won't even miss the sugar, I promise.

January 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

I buy big-old honkin' organic PB from Costco. It's organic, preservative and sugar free. My kids eat it on a spoon like a lollipop. This kind has to kept cold.

Now on a new diet, I'm into the stuff, too. I smear it on apples and yeah, I eat it from a spoon, too.

January 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Oh, yeah: PB on a cold apple!!

January 9, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

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