The sound that greets me in the morning is the beeping of horns. ‘Toot’. ‘Tooot, tooot.’
I asked my Catalan friend why people are always tooting each other. He said there are a variety of reasons, but the main reason is frustration. Sometimes when you’re driving, you have to wait for another car, and the waiting creates frustration and the frustration creates the urge to toot.
I’m surprised that people allow their frustration such freedom. I’ve never seen a person actually beeping their horn and I do wonder if it’s a gender specific activity. That is, I secretly wonder if its only males who express them selves so loudly, or do the females also blow their own horns?
I have never beeped my horn in my car. I am from
However, here, in Granollers, people toot and beep their horn like it was a musical instrument.
I’m frustrated. I’m angry. I’m saying hello! I’m bored.
Again, as the traffic starts to get thicker in the afternoons at about four o’clock, the horns start to blow. It’s a phenomenon that starts off, often with a little ‘toot’. Then, someone else responds with another toot of an extended length. Finally there is a full chorus of tooting going on. It seems perfectly natural.
Since I believe in the maxim of ‘when in
Its my way of saying, in the car dialect of Granollers, ‘Hola!’