Long day at work and I start to head home. In the car, hit the highway and hope traffic will be light because it is so freaking’ late and I have worked way too many hours.
1 minute on the highway and I can tell it is a bad night for driving. The rain is pelting my car, the semi trucks are slamming me with twinkling lights that make it hard to see and water gushing from every wheel and every corner of the truck.
I keep my focus, driving and cursing, and try to be kind to my 300,000 friends who are also on the road tonight. Traffic is crawling, it’s creepy outside, and I am now wondering if I will make it to pick up my daughter at 8:30…you’d think that would be an achievable target after a normal day of work.
The traffic signs don’t even have the ability to describe the conditions tonight – the normal text says “traffic moving slowly”, “traffic very slow”, “road closed”, and I’ve heard there is one that says “traffic moving well” but I swear it’s never on that message when I’ve been on the road. Tonight they don’t even have the heart to provide a message because it would need to say something like “give up and take a nap, driving isn’t getting you anywhere tonight”.
I resign myself to the long slow drive, and listen to some tunes. As I’m starting to get into the zone (anyone who commutes a lot knows what I mean, you accept you can’t do anything and you’ll be on this road for the rest of your life), I look down and notice my fuel light is wickedly smiling at me…so now I realize I will get to make a stop for gas in this weather too.
Stop at my daughter’s work, get out with my strategically placed umbrella and hit the button to pop it up. The wind pushes on me and my umbrella so it doesn’t open so now I am standing outside in torrential rain with no umbrella and I’m soaking wet. Very nice, very nice… argh
Get the kid, and now I’m off again. Remembering the gas tank is empty, I stop to fill up and find two great things waiting for me…
- prices have jumped considerably since the last time I filled up a few days ago
- the wind is blowing just right to ensure I am completely soaked as it cascades horizontally
Complete the task, back in the car, and put the heat on full blast. I am now completely drenched, freezing, tired, and ready to be home.
10 minutes later I am in the house, dumped the wet clothes, and into my dry warm comfy jammies. Safe and sound, day is done, and I feel lucky.