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Unexpectedly unhappy car-ffiti in Mount Pleasant

June 22, 2017

They say that eyes are the windows to the soul but what about the windows themselves—are they eyes looking out of the soul or what? And how about car windows in particular?

More to the point, what about the message that I saw Monday (June 21) penned (or fingered) by some poor soul into the dusty rear window of a car in a particular Mount Pleasant parking lot:

“It’s hard to wake up everyday and know that none of the things that you do have a purpose besides the context they’re derived from.”

That could almost be depressing if it weren’t so difficult to understand.

The moving hand having writ

While I give it high marks for legibility I have problems with the content of this…car-ffiti.

Am I looking at a genuine, original expression of angst, written anonymously—like a message in a bottle—on the rear window of a Jeep CUV—so that it can roll into whatever parking lot and be seen by whomever? Or is it a quote from something a college student would be familiar with.

Here I have to say that my lack of a classical education may hamper me, insomuch as I might be able to answer my own question if I was better steeped in the so-called Great Works.

Off the top of my head I’m thinking of  Victor Yugo’s The Hatchback of Notre Dame along with Pixar’s Cars and Cars 2.

A familiarity with Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Prozac Nation probably wouldn’t hurt either.

I can at least say that it’s not cribbed from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1954 film Rear Window and it’s nowhere near depressed enough to be a quote from Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhuker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Originality aside, the truth is that I’m somewhat old fashioned when it comes to messages scrawled in window grime and I believe that this particular one—long and convoluted as it is—is too clever by half and a waste of effort besides.

As far as I am concerned, you simply cannot improve upon the perfection of a traditional frowny face for communicating existential angst via a dirty car window, except perhaps by writing that even more timeless and universally-understood cry for help “Wash Me!”  Click the images to enlarge them.

  1. This car-fitti is more interesting that wash me.

    • I have to agree insomuch as I have now written a post about the former but have never been so moved to write a post about the latter.

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