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Observations While Sitting In Traffic

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117 degrees is hot

117 degrees is hot

My work travels have taken me into the city of Atlanta quite a bit this summer. The work is good but getting there and returning back to suburbia can be a challenge. It is a 31 mile commute that generally takes 90 minutes. I will save you the calculation; that is about a 20 mile per hour average. Since I spend so much time at a dead stop or crawling at a slow pace it allows my mind to wander and to observe things I might not see when going the speed limit. Below are a few of my thoughts:

  1. The world can be divided into to two types of drivers – Lane jumpers and smart drivers. The smart drivers have realized either through experience or the philosophical acceptance of not trying to change that which cannot be changed to stay in their lane and enjoy themselves despite the circumstances.
  2. You can be a lane jumper one day and a smart driver the next so don’t hate the other type of drivers for tomorrow you may be one of them.
  3. Patience is a virtue but virtue is overrated.
  4. “Wake up dummy!” Rumble strips on the side of the road are really far apart when you experience them at 10 miles an hour instead of at 75.
  5. A mile is a long way when you think about it – especially at 4 miles an hour.
  6. There is a lot of trash along the side of the road. Don’t litter!
  7. Automatic transmissions and air conditioning should not be taken for granted. Stop and go traffic in 100 degree heat could be intolerable without it. Can you imagine how much road rage incidents would increase without it?
  8. Helicopter traffic reports are useless. I have realized the only thing they are good for is to notify you when a road is closed due to an accident. Other than that, it is the same thing every day. Just like the weather report in San Diego – it never changes.
  9. Rain can add 50% to your commute time.
  10. It always feels good rolling into your driveway at the end of the day especially when Jimmy Sad Eyes is sitting at the window happily greeting you.

Have a great week.

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  1. You are right about air conditioning in a traffic nightmare. I went to Belleville, Mi with an accountant from my previous employer in very hot weather . We used a company car and we were stuck in major traffic on rt 75. I was ready to jump out of the car and walk anywhere if we didn’t get some air soon.

    kmurauskas2

    August 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm


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