For whatever reason, I prefer to take a mug of coffee with me in the car, not a travel cup. (A sturdy, brightly colored Fiestaware mug—they're just so pretty and solid. Doesn't life already have enough ticky-tacky?) There are undeniable drawbacks: an abrupt swerve or sudden stop results in a dashboard (or worse, a lap) splattered with coffee. But there are upsides too: I'm pretty sure it makes me a better driver. I gently accelerate, gracefully brake, steer wide of potholes and other disruptions—easy like Sunday morning.
What if everybody drove like they had a mug of coffee? Imagine what smooth and genteel (if highly caffeinated) places the roads would be. One can dream.**
* I'd mug it in the mo-or-ning. I'd mug it in the eeeve-ning... Wait, that doesn't work.
** And in this new Obama dawn, isn't anything possible? Maybe we can get a car/mug provision worked into the stimulus package. (Is anyone else making jokes about Obama's "stimulus package"? It's a hot topic of discussion amongt the ladies I know.)