Nagivator (næg-uh-vay-der) n. A spouse who sits beside the driver of a car and criticizes his or her driving more than helping with the navigation.
Sometimes there are drivers who just love to drive alone, especially the ones whom are married to a nagivator. We’ve seen them on movies, and they tend to be the butt of jokes on late night shows or old variety shows. The nagivator could be the old hag some poor sap married when he was much younger, and she was a cute little thing, unwise to the ways of the world. The nagivator could be some overbearing dude whose wife gets a little scatter-brained behind the wheel when he’s around. Nagivation is a two-way street, and it seems they want to make sure that their chauffeur/spouse does not stray from the road. it is surprising that many of these drivers just don’t pull over and let their not-so better halves take over the driving. Maybe there just isn’t too much further to go, or maybe they are just going to fast and have Carpool Tunnel Syndrome, and their vision has become sort of narrowed and focused on the one track that leads them to a personal salvation of getting where they need to be to temporarily lose their nagivator. If this is the case, do you blame them?
Carpool Tunnel Syndrome—When you are stuck in traffic with an unwanted passenger; this is what happens to your hands when you grip the steering wheel too hard and get tunnel vision.
Being in a small Florida town, I have been fortunate enough not to have to endure this, but I can imagine what some carpool drivers have dad to endure when chauffeuring annoying coworkers from the suburbs into the city, then back home again. I’m not sure who these annoying coworkers might be. The old woman who keeps going on about how great her grand-kids are, or maybe the high-maintenance uptown girl who obsesses over the food she never eats. Could be that geeky gamer who wants to tell you all about his or her latest MMO adventures, or maybe the cigar-smoking cat who thinks the world should revolve around him. There are over 8 million people in most metropoli and most likely, way more than 8 million ways to be annoying. I doubt the poor carpool driver will encounter them all, but if he or she does, I can understand why Carpool Tunnel Syndrome might set in. I’m sure even Mr. Furious from the Mystery Men had to deal with Carpool Tunnel Syndrome while riding around Champion City with Shoveler and Blue Raja. Let’s hope Musing Readers never have to deal with this malaise.