Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Open Road

There's one thing I don't like about driving. I'm sure you already guessed it, the traffic. I'm from Long Island, New York. We're not exactly an island, more of an isthmus, however, we are still land locked. So, when something goes awry, the roads are the first affected. For example, when 911 occurred, our roads were backed up for hours and hours and hours. Last Friday, when a spark ignited a huge fire on some scaffolding on the Throgs Neck Bridge. It disrupted EVERYTHING for the entire day. In fact, we are still recovering from the event. Seriously, I was due at a dinner party and ended up being over an hour late.

Long Islanders have a problem being patient drivers. If there is an opening in traffic, sure enough, someone will cut in front of you and take it, if only to advance them 10 feet. When lanes merge, drivers here never zipper. In other words, cars take turns advancing into the (slow) flow of traffic. Recently, I was told that only drivers in the mid-west zipper. Then there are some drivers who weave in and out of traffic too. I don't think I need to tell you that I stay away from them. When there is a car accident and drivers are pulled over to the side of the road, all of the other drivers whose cars are fully operational--must slow down and look at the people on the shoulder.

Give me the open road any day. Ahhhh

Okay, enough of my rant. Thanks for listening.

11 comments:

Natalie said...

Ok, I am 100 per cent behind your rant.AARRGH!

Momisodes said...

Sitting in traffic drives me nuts, too. Especially those looky-loos during accidents.

songbird's crazy world said...

Just wait, when your kids become teens like mine, and you have to teach them to drive ....I've told both girls "drive like everyone else on the road is an idiot....because most of them are."

Joyce-Anne said...

Natalie- It's just so annoying.

Momisodes- There's no reason for the looky-loos, it's not as if passers-by can help.

SB- I find myself silencing my tongue when the kids are in the car. Just what I need, a 2 year old repeating the phrase "zipper head".

Tara R. said...

I've with you on the hatred of traffic. Give me a wide open road and I'm happy.

Joyce-Anne said...

Tara- As much as I prefer living in the suburbs, I can't help but wonder what it would be like living in a rural area where my closest neighbor is 5 miles ago.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Gah, traffic is such a waste of time. When I was commuting long distances to and from work, I used to daydream the interstate was a big conveyor belt -- always moving. Sigh.

Joyce-Anne said...

Holly- A conveyor belt-that's a great idea. If only it was true.

Cookie said...

I have noticed a huge difference in driving here in the Seattle area where I live now and driving in NJ where I used to live. In NJ, I was one of the "nice" drivers. Here, I'm one of the "rude" drivers!

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