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July 5, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Auto. Snow and go.

Fishermen in stream with rods and reels. (USPD. archives/ Flickr/

“We can just catch a few while waiting for the light to change.” (USPD/

So does my car need water wings or a fishing pole hatch?

Ponding, Weather Guy?

Ponds are idyllic scenes with ducks – always ducks. And stuff like fish, lily pads, and, oh, OK, a water moccasin or gator locally.

“Ponding” describing roads is not helpful unless the car is stolen or GPS is feeling ornery.

Men in foul wether gear. Fishermen standing in water.. (Nat. Lib. of Norway/USPD/

“I don’t know how they can ticket me. Who can even see the crosswalk?” (USPD/

Why abandon these for road conditions:

  • Slick roadways with hydroplaning possible
  • Puddles possible on the road
  • High water in low spots
  • “Turn around, don’t drown” flooding.

For “ponding” I don’t know if to pack a small umbrella, carry shoes to change into at the door, or don full foul weather boat gear and hip waders

Would be delightful to get some practical info – even if it’s not academic or technical.

Could blame lack of vocabulary for word oddities, but it’s trendy to be clever or to suggest some vague, unwarranted connections.

Woman with parasol by lake. (Leo Baeck Institute/USPD.

I love ponding. We can take a picnic lunch and the dogs can swim. (USPD/

Audi has an interesting recent commercial featuring a small boy being chased in the snow by bullies.

Winner! “Bullies” is an attention grabber, right? (Although bordering on yawn with the theme seen too often.)

Gets the viewers emotionally empathizing with the underdog kid. Keeps them engaged during the whole commercial. (Snow scene on a hot day doesn’t hurt either.)

But wait, there’s more!

First, to the viewer’s ear, the two words Karma (as in “you’re gonna get yours down the road.”) and Carpe (as in the commonly said “Carpe diem – seize the day”) sound interchangeable if you’re not fully paying attention. And who is these days? The two words sound the same at the start.

Easy to mis-hear.

Besides with Twitter briefness and over zealous Spell Check, the “Seize the day” Carpe phrase is close enough to easily transform into “Seize the moment!” for their marketing campaign.

Wondering though if the kid really shows an understanding of Karma as he turns to get his revenge. Question: is the car Fate, the cavalry come to the rescue, or simple disinterested coincidence as is its’ nature. Not exactly a naturally following, although it could be close enough.

Oddly, Audi has their protagonist yelling out the name of another car company’s car model at a key, high interest moment. (Fisker Karma now the Wanxiang’s Karma Revero).

You can sort through it all yourself or just enjoy the drive by.

Rain or shine.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.





  1. RKLikesReeses / Jul 5 2017 2:24 pm

    Perfect post!
    Love this: “For ‘ponding’ I don’t know if to pack a small umbrella, carry shoes to change into at the door, or don full foul weather boat gear and hip waders.” 🙂

    We hear “ponding on roadways” often here. My mind usually flashes to shimmery koi being ground up in tire treads. Or, if I’m in a nostalgic frame of mind, “The Beverley Hillbillies” and Ellie Mae’s cee-ment pond appears.

    Maybe “hydroplaning” sounds like too much fun? Our traffic people use it for the big roads, multiple lane one with high speeds. Seems like we’re warned against hydroplaning on them but are only cautioned be wary of ponding on the hilly 2-laners with no shoulders. They’re deadly on dry days simply due to gravity. LOL – there’s a road near here with a 5mph speed limit. No one goes that fast on it, though. Too risky.

    Wow! Hadn’t considered the possibility of mixing up “karma” and “carpe diem!” Yikes!

    The video was pretty cool but the first thought I had watching the cars melt snow ahead of themselves was “Gosh, they run hot.” Too literal and totally missing the point, but there it is. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 5 2017 4:06 pm

      If it runs that hot, I guess the car has no possible future in our climate zone…might be able to root marshmallows as it passed by? Whew – heat index over 100 for past few days…Molly is sprawled out under ceiling fans..most unladylike pose according to RC Cat. We could definitely use one of them thar cee-ment ponds rite now.
      Thanks for adding a splashy comment

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jul 5 2017 2:36 pm

    Weather folk have their own language that I rarely understand. We have been astounded how after watching the weather report we have no idea what’s going to happen. Guess they don’t either. Maybe we need an Audi.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 5 2017 4:12 pm

      The weather lingo must be so elevated that the ordinary person just shuts up and quietly wonders. The perfect smoke screen (or Saharan dust cloud as in our case 3 days last week…cough cough)
      So you think Audi will get clobbered for false advertising if someone in a snowy climate buys one hoping it will work better than a snow plow in winter? HAHA
      Hope you had a sparkling 4th – trying to get back into gear here. Thanks for parking a comment

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  3. shoreacres / Jul 5 2017 4:20 pm

    I don’t have any problem with “ponding” as a traffic term. It may be that I’ve lived with it so many years now it just seems approrpriate. But that Audi commercial? All was well until they end, when they went from B+ to D- for that mixed reference. In the first place, you don’t seize karma — karma comes around to seize you. I know: grump, grump, grump!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 5 2017 5:48 pm

      We really had a giggle when the prediction first went from “puddle” to the elevated term “ponding” (Did he/she just enroll in meteorology school?).
      Yeah, their brains must have seized up developing that commercial creation. (Writers, writer, my viewing list for an experienced writer. must be bad when I resort to reviewing commercials ….). Thanks for tuning in!


  4. Anne Mehrling / Jul 5 2017 4:23 pm

    You played a fun CARd here.


  5. easyweimaraner / Jul 5 2017 11:54 pm

    I thought only silence is golden (according to tremeloes) but karma too… when I see the prices ;O))) it’s probably my karma to stick with GM ;o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 6 2017 9:05 am

      If it wasn’t so darn hot here in the flatlands, bikes would be nice for a good number of short trips…too many mean/angry drivers for scooters or motorcycles anymore. You could go faster on a horse, but with heat index over 100F it would be cruelty to those lawn ornaments! We were at the vet for a check up and the vet was late as he was working on a poor pup who got loose and ran terrified on concrete for hours until they could coax him to come close. Now he’s got terrible paw burns on all 4. Boring, but necessary to stay inside right now….Molly thinks Karma should return with indoor playgrounds for dogs..with splash pads and pools. Dogs have been good- especially if you compare them to other species, right? Thanks for chasing the car post!


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