Monday, July 27, 2009
Rush Hour To Seattle and Back
"Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?" Robin Williams Mork & Mindy This is NOT what the traffic conditions looked like as I drove to Seattle-Tacoma Airport Friday at RUSH HOUR to pick my husband up from his 5 days in Florida. No, oh no!
Anyone who knows me knows I go out of my way to avoid the freeway whenever possible.( might have something to do with being rear ended as I drove the drivers' ed. car on the freeway , so very long ago) The highways and by-ways are very scenic you know and I really don't mind stopping at all the traffic lights , just more opportunities to see the sights more closely. At least when you are stopped at a traffic light you have the hope of the light turning green and you can go on your merry way to wherever .When you are stopped, nay, PARKED on the freeway with hundreds and thousands of other people , I begin to get a little panicked and I think maybe I should have packed a meal and some water...maybe a pillow too, because sometimes you can be parked on the freeway from the Tacoma area to Seattle and back for a very long time. As I began to drive onto the 512 freeway to then merge onto I-5 to pick up my much missed husband, I saw immediately that this was an even more extraordinary traffic jam than usual. I almost turned around and went home, but that would have been impossible because of the JAM! So I had to stick it out to the end, just hoping this was not my ending , because my Hubby was expecting a ride home. Did I mention I always prepare for death when I have to drive the freeways? Just a little quirk of mine. As I drove, and alternately parked, drove , parked , drove I-5 to gather my beloved I prayed and would say to myself, " boy, oh boy...I only do this for someone I love..a LOT!" Cutting to the chase, ( what chase, you could outrun the cars most of my drive there) I arrived in time to pick him up, he drove us home..again , driving, parking, driving, parking, and we are safe and sound at home. Next time he better book a flight to arrive at 2:00 a.m. Now that's MY time!
"The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it." Dudley Moore