Thursday, April 27, 2006

Making up for lost time.

On my daily commute to my workplace, my driving route includes a stretch of Hwy 169 from 93rd Ave in Brooklyn Park to the Hwy 94/694 West exit, approximately 3 ½ miles.

Within the first mile or so on 169, there is typically bumper-to-bumper traffic due to there being traffic lights in that area. Inevitably, I’ll scan the cars surrounding me while waiting for a light to turn green. I usually don’t have search too strenuously to find a woman applying makeup on her face while stopped in traffic. In fact, the application normally continues when traffic initially moves forward.

This begs the obvious question: Isn’t it a lot easier to do that in front of a mirror at home?

Now, let me emphasize one thing. I am not making this inquiry out of anger or frustration towards women who apply their cosmetics in traffic. If the truth be told, I’m quite impressed with the precision of the application while trying to maneuver your standard size vehicle.

All of that said, I would like to take a very non-scientific survey.

Why is it that women choose to put on their makeup in the car?

You overslept?

Too busy getting the kids (and husband) ready so they can get out the door on time?

For you single gals, maybe it’s a spontaneous thing as you see a nice-looking gentleman in the next car.

Please respond in the comments section of this blog post.


The Patriette said...

Since I don't put my make-up on in the car, I'm probably not one to answer. My hunch (based on some of my friends who do it) is that you can sleep in a few minutes later if you put your make-up on in the car, while you are heading to work. With the potholes around town, especially this time of year, I have no idea how some women do it. I'd probably stab myself in the eye if I tried to put make-up on in traffic. I saw a woman on the bus doing that this morning too. I think I'd end up with lipstick all over my face if I tried it there too (since on the bus, you REALLY don't have any control over how those potholes are hit). I'm not even one to talk on my cell phone while driving, so as I said, I might not be the best person to ask about this issue, but I thought I'd make an attempt to respond and solve the mystery.

Katie said...

I actually don't do that. I'm a terrible driver and I know my limits!

chamelea said...

I've done that only when very late, and makeup is an absolute must for wherever it is I need to go. Otherwise, at home, in front of the mirror is the proper place and time.
Lipstick/lipgloss is the only makeup that can be put on and/or reapplied anywhere, and that I do whenever my lips are dry, not thinking twice if I'm driving or somewhere else in public.

Elisabeth (too tired to sign up tonight) said...

I have never done that. I guess I am just a little too conservative to be running about spontaneously slapping cosmetics on my face whenever the mood strikes me. I wake up in the morning with enough time to shower, put on my full array of cosmetics, dry and style my hair and sometimes I even get in a work out before I leave for work. Yes, I do work normal hours (in fact I am usually at work by 7:30). My secret? An alarm clock, strong work ethic and a low level of self pity. Oh yeah, and no kids or husband to muddle up the morning :) I wasn't aware that a lot of women did apply makeup in the car ... Though it does explain a lot ...

Nancy said...

Once I was late for a meeting and I put my makeup on in my car - after I pulled over and put the car in "park."

It's amazing the things I see drivers doing while driving. My guess as to why women put makeup on in cars is that they're running late and running short on common sense.

They call it multitasking, but it's fooling no one.

Joey said...

wasn't there a time when there weren't mirrors in the driver's side sun visor? when did that change? I just bought an '04 vehicle and there's a mirror in the visor.


Anonymous said...

Forget about people, (male and female) eating while driving? The worst episode I've ever heard of is my neighbor seeing another lady eating spagetti while driving. She had her plate in one hand, and while she was steering with the other hand, she occasionally let go of the wheel completely to take a bite! Now that's talent mixed with pure stupidity!

Brad Carlson said...

"How about people, (male and female) eating while driving? The worst episode I've ever heard of is my neighbor seeing another lady eating spagetti while driving."

Let's just hope the vehicle wasn't one with manual transmission. Now THAT would be quite a feat!

Anonymous said...

The only time I put mt makeup on in the car was when my mom was driving me to school in 9th grade. I'm too much of a perfectionist to risk putting it on in the car. Besides, the lighting isn't condusive to even application. I would assume most of those women have family they have to take care of in the morning and the car is the only chance they get.

Anonymous said...

I'm not quite sure why women would do this while driving, although I do admit to putting on lipstick while driving. I could do that in my sleep however, and consider it no more dangerous then turning on the radio.