I used to drive a PT Cruiser. The why isn’t important. But what’s important is how much having a PT Cruiser began to affect my life. And it wasn’t necessarily positive.
No one who saw the car could refrain from commenting.
I had friends that thought it was straight up hilarious and made jokes regularly.
I had friends that actually refused to be seen in the car at all, for any reason.
I found driving the PT Cruiser to be problematic as well. It had a barely discernable turning radius. It couldn’t accelerate. Other cars seemed to pull out in front of my car with a suspicious frequency.
And it had a ton of problems that were somehow hidden below the surface enough to be indescribable to mechanics, but real enough on the road.
In a perfect world, owning a type of car different from other types of cars would be no big deal, but in this world where public perception influences us more than we think, the kind of car we’re driving around in does matter.
Being single is a lot like owning a PT Cruiser.
Your marital status is by turns offensive, hilarious, anxiety-producing, and personally problematic. You can even become a bit paranoid, assuming all bad things that happen are because everyone knows you’re single.
Most troubling of all, for me, is that any chance I take to make fun of my own relational status gets mistaken as a plea for a spouse. As if it is impossible to enjoy the comical adventures that is the single life.
That’s why Jana and I are here.
When I had my PT Cruiser I was the only person I knew that had one under the age of 60 (another parallel?). I had no one who could relate to me. PT Cruisers were big for people vacationing, and they were great for the elderly, but after awhile I really started to think all the issues I had with the car were mine and mine alone.
It’s just not the case. You’re not crazy. We’re not crazy. The only people who are crazy are those who never wonder if they are.
So Jana and I are would like to share with you those little clinks and screeches that go with being single. Maybe you’ve got the same issues, or maybe you just want to hear a new perspective on something you find funny, offensive, or awkward.
We’re more than pleased to be part of the conversation either way.
Thanks for joining us!
Lots of love and empathy, and a spoonful of irony,
Katrina and Jana