In case you hadn’t yet noticed, I can be a little bit quirky.

Though I am a card-carrying, Type A Control Freak when I want to be*, I have a few issues that are slightly more off-the-beaten-path, like my weird way of anthropomorphizing** cars. I’m not even talking about naming our cars. I don’t do that.

Remember when that was all the rage though, in the 1970s? I think everyone’s station wagon was named Bessie or Stella or Delores. Or something like that.

No, I don’t name our vehicles. My weird issue comes into play when we’re car shopping. I will not drive a “mean-looking” or “unhappy-looking” car. I like happy cars.

Please don’t click outta here.

I get vibes from cars. Hey, it’s not like I’m claiming to be a psychic or anything; I just don’t want to drive a car which I perceive to have bad juju. I like a car that “says”, when I look at it, “Hiya! Let’s go!”

Of course I cannot find totally excellent examples online because I’m actively looking for them, but let me try to give you an idea.

“Mad” or “Unhappy” looking cars:





“Happy”-looking (or downright Smiling) cars:




I could totally go off on another tangent right now about how I describe some cars as having “too big a butt” and that the big joke in our family when I got my Pontiac G6 was that it’s such a cute car AND it has a “cute butt that rises up to meet you” (and NO, I’m not the one who said it, but I totally agree with her), but really, you don’t need to know that. Oops. Did I just write that out loud?

Anyway, after all of the ribbing I’ve gotten around here for years about my car issues, I’ve had the last laugh recently, thanks to American Express. (Full disclosure: NO, they didn’t contact me to write about and promote them. They have no idea that I am totally using them to make myself seem more normal.)

Knowing what you now know about me and my happy/sad issues with non-humans, you can imagine how completely overjoyed I was when I saw this commercial.

Seems I’m not the only one giving inanimate objects some human characteristics!

Who’s the weird one NOW?

Okay, still me.

*haha, get it? Of course that last part was a joke.

**Definition: “giving human traits to”