My Name Is Not ‘Hon’

My hubby and I have two bikes and one car.

Specialized Sirrus Sport

I love my Specialized Sirrus Sport!

Most days I drive the car because I am running errands, meeting clients, and trying to cram a bazillion things into my day.

I am not a bad driver or a poor parker, but I am a bit more cautious than most. When I was 16 years old, I had an accident in my parents’ driveway that cost me $1,600 dollars.

While backing up, I smashed in the door of a brand new Land Rover and $1,600 was my cost after insurance. Just in case you were wondering, that is a lot of hours at McDonalds when you’re making $5.25 an hour.

Sixteen years later, I am still cautious while backing up.

This morning I parked in a crammed parking lot that was full to the brim. You know the ones I am talking about; the space left for you to back up isn’t quite enough to be able to pull your compact hatchback out of the stall without having to do a 4 point turn.

After I cautiously backed my little blue car to the point of nearly kissing a very large truck while cranking the wheel as much as possible, I looked forward only to see a man in a white car impatiently pull into my row and meet me bumper to bumper.

Mano a mano.

  • Does he back up into traffic?
  • Does he look repentant?
  • Does he stop driving forward?
  • Does he care he’s a horrible driver?


There I idled, trapped between a half ton and an idiot.

He did…

  • get out of his car and flare his invisible lats
  • swagger over to my car
  • rap his hairy knuckles on my passenger window
  • motion for me to roll my window down

Hon. You’ve got millions of miles behind you. Sweetie, you need need to keep backing up. Hon back up.

What I needed to do was punch him in the mouth.

A woman across the parking lot gave it to him.

Do you need to be such a crazy driver? Seriously! Where did you get your license?

I nearly pulled the e-brake and ran to give her a hug, but I had Hairy Knuckles hovering over me and calling me Hon.

If you can’t anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Although it would have been nice to say…

  • “Excuse me Mr T. wannabe dude, I am doing just fine without your degrading comments. I have a name, it is not ‘hon’, and I was doing just fine before you decided to drive like an idiot. Please remove yourself and your car from my bumper so that I can get on with my day.”

Unfortunately, all I did was grimace.

I endured loud directions intermixed with more hons and sweeties than is even reasonable and completed an 8 point turn to disentangle myself from the parking fiasco.

parking note

I wish I had these in my car so I could have given him one.

Photo Credit

As I drove past Hairy Knuckle’s white car, I noticed a woman in the passenger’s seat.

She was peering at the floorboards and appeared to be praying from them to suck her into oblivion. If I was driving with Hairy Knuckles I would want to hide under the floor mats too.

If I see Hairy Knuckles again, I think I am going to give him a ‘hon’ straight to the shin.

Can someone remind me why I didn’t ride my bike today?

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