Thursday, September 14, 2006

Hey buddy, what's your sign?

Despite the fact that I follow the same predictable path to and from work each day and despite the fact that I typically hit the same intersections and exits within the same five-minute window each time, it still surprises me when I come up alongside familiar mobile landmarks in my commute.

Sure, the guy with the "Boycott France!" bumper sticker on his truck probably takes Highway 36 to Manning every day just like me, but really what are the odds that I would end up stopped directly behind him at that light at least two times each week? And yeah, the woman with the exact same purple Saturn as I'm driving likely makes the same left turn from Cty Rd. 12 where I make a right to head down from whence she came, but what are the odds we'd be passing each other at that intersection at the same time so very often?

I feel some strange, unfounded kinship with the Saturn lady, and the France-hater just makes me roll my eyes and think of Freedom Fries, but there is one car I see regularly that's had me baffled for several months. On his front, rear, and side windows are no less than twelve decals of varying sizes, all featuring the same cryptic symbol. It must be pretty significant to warrant that sort of enthusiastic and repetitive displayage, but apparently I am clueless and sheltered and I have no idea what it means.

Ordinarily I'd turn to my friend Google or Wikipedia for the answer, but until someone manages to invent a mind-reading or picture-scanning version of those tools, I have to ask you, Internets, for some help.

So. Anyone? Who can clue me in? The dude's emblem looks something like this (minus the pink border that I can't figure out how to get my blog template to ignore):

Mystery Symbol

I've basically ruled out toilet seat and Eskimo head on the grounds that, while the symbol bears some resemblance to either, both are ridiculous and implausible explanations. Beyond that, I got nothin'. How about you?

9 comments:

Bob said...

I attempted to look it up at symbols.com, the closest thing I got was this:

http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/24/2411.html

Guinness_Girl said...

HA! Dude, I've got nothin'. Maybe Kenny from South Park? Nah.

-R- said...

I was stuck behind the same car at the same stoplight twice this week too! I recognized it by the lame-ass Kennedy campaign sticker. (the MN Kennedy, not a MA Kennedy)

I think the symbol looks like a hollowed-out deviled egg.

Jamie said...

Ha! Kenny from South Park was my first thought, too.

Darren McLikeshimself said...

I was thinking either a halved hard-boiled egg or an avocado.

Stinkypaw said...

I thought toilet seat... sorry...

3carnations said...

Looks like a toilet seat to me.

Speaking of vehicle kinship - Hubby's older brother has always driven a jeep, and hubby said his brother would honk at every other jeep driver he passed, on the highway or on the street. That's pretty weird to me...

stefanie said...

Thanks for your guesses, everyone. I wish someone could solve this mystery, but I'm also glad, I guess, that it's not just me who's clueless.

R--Bah; I shake my fist at Kennedy. Go Klobuchar! ;-)

3carnations--Jeep drivers do that, too? My boss has a Porsche and a Mini Cooper, and apparently there's some not-so-secret kinship among people who own either of those, but I didn't know it extended to more common makes as well.

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