here I am



So, I got up early today (a good hour and a half earlier than is my habit) so that I could get in some morning OT instead of having to work late in the afternoon.  I got ready quickly, and with the exception of having to go back into the house 3 times for things I forgot (of course, having to reset the alarm each time), I was making record time.

I didn’t have to wait for any lights, and I missed having to wait for a train by seconds.  So, I’m driving past the tracks, watching the train go through in my rearview mirror and feeling pretty good about my morning.  Then I had to brake.  And stay.  Because of traffic.

I know that traffic happens in other areas of the city.  I know that other people spend hours every day waiting in traffic.  But not me!  I live downtown where I work, so I have a smooth, 10-minute highway commute.  Usually.

I have patience for folks who slow down to look at accidents that have just happened. I have to admit, it’s hard to ignore flashing lights, banged up cars, and crowds of people on the side of the road.  But I have NO patience (I keep typing “patients” – can you tell I work at a hospital?) for those people – and it seemed like every person on the highway today was one of “those” people – who rubberneck at nothing.

Apparently there was an accident early this morning.  By the time I started my commute, though, there was nothing there.  Just two cars on a pullout by the shoulder.  Not in the way.  Not really damaged.  Just two parked cars.  But EVERY SINGLE CAR had to inch by and check it out.  Ugh.  So much for my early morning.  I should have just slept in the extra 45 minutes.

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  1. Avatar April 10th, 2008 at 11:12 am tom Says:

    That’s one thing I really don’t miss about LA. Boy, get on the highway at the wrong time and you might as well have stayed home that day. Stuck for hours. Now I work from home so my “traffic” is called “web-games”.

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