I don't just buy Hello Kitty stuff because it reminds me of childhood or because I'm being ironic. I actually freaking love Hello Kitty. I'm not sure why, but that little facial expression-less cat just speaks to me like nothing else.
Can you look at this and not feel love? Yes? Okay, that's actually a very reasonable reaction.
This screen-grab from a random website I just found sums up my feelings really well:
There you have it! I equivalent love the slick cat. What can I say?
Anyway, I think that my car's new look has actually made me a better driver. I know that I look childish and unprofessional with the Hello Kitty stuff, so I feel like I have to prove that I'm actually a responsible adult by doing a really good job of driving and parking. Also, having a collision in a Hello Kitty car sounds really not fun, and totally antithetical to what the Hello Kitty car is all about.
Here are some similar situations I always avoid because the contrast would be too much:
*Talking about anything serious while wearing a Halloween/Purim costume
*Getting upset with students when I'm wearing my t-shirt with a teddy bear and a cat on it
*Buying junk food in my workout clothes
So maybe I can change my life by just wearing a t-shirt that says, like, "compassionate, hard-working, low-stress, prompt individual" and then I'll act that way because it would be too embarrassing not to.
There it is, the solution to life. And here's a picture of my car!