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Newsletter 2013-05-06

Remember Padiddle? Yeah. We Thought So.

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Some kids pass the time on long road trips by seeing how many different state license plates they see, or by counting how many cows they pass, or by trying to get every passing trucker to honk their horn. When I was a kid, though, we had a game called padiddle. Unlike those other games, padiddle can only be played at night, because the object of the game is to find cars with one headlight out. If you spot one before your opponent, you shout, “padiddle!” and punch them in the arm as hard as you can (or that’s how we played, anyway). Look! Is that a padiddle or a motorcycle riding far to the inside of the lane? Better play it safe and keep your lips sealed, a false-padiddle earns you a punch in the arm. But if it's a real one, you might miss your shot and, you guessed it, get a punch in the arm. You better squint real hard and figure it out quick, kid.

See, being a grown up and having your own car is great and all, but now you're on the other side of the padiddle equation. Nowadays, you might be the padiddle. Never thought of it that way, did you? Every car you pass, somebody's punching somebody, somebody's getting punched, Mom's yelling, Dad's threatening to cancel vacation – and Christmas –, and all because you haven't bothered to replace that lousy stinking headlight. Just look at all the trouble you’ve caused.

Fix your lights; don't be a padiddle. (This public service announcement has been brought to you by 1A Auto).

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