My wife and I were walking our dog in the park yesterday and we passed a woman wearing a skirt that flared out from her waist down to just below her knees. “That’s weird,” I said to my wife. “How does she get her skirt to stand out like that?”
“She probably has a petticoat on underneath her skirt,” my wife said.
“What’s a petticoat?” I asked, at which point my wife explained that a petticoat is a slip-like undergarment that women used to wear under their skirts to give them shape and fluff.
And then I had a flashback to the 1950s when I was a very young lad with two older sisters, one of whom used to dress like this for school. Yes, she would often wear a cashmere sweater or a cotton blouse, a poodle skirt, along with bobby socks and saddle shoes. And, in order for her poodle skirt to have just the right amount of flare, she no doubt wore a petticoat beneath her poodle skirt. Yikes!
On an entirely different topic, the city in which I live is installing a number of small traffic circles — or as we used to call them in the northeast, “roundabouts” — at a handful of smaller intersections in our area.I’m not sure there’s a pressing need for these traffic circles, but that isn’t stopping my city tax dollars from funding them. The real problem with these traffic circles, however, is that they are a rarity in Northern California and no one has bothered to explain to the locals how traffic circles are supposed to work.
If you’re from back east — or anywhere where traffic circles are common — then you know the rules. When entering a traffic circle, you’re supposed to yield the right of way to vehicles that are already in the traffic circle. But California drivers don’t know that rule. Sadly, that puts the lives of those of us who do know that rule at serious risk.
So, my friends, if you’re driving in California and you happen upon a traffic circle, stop your car, turn around, and go back the way you came. Otherwise, you’re bound to get broadsided by a California driver who considers a traffic circle to be a bumper car ride.