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Wine and Chocolate

Posted on: March 26, 2008 7:24 pm
 

It was a tedious day at work.  It usually is when I spend the day repairing corrupt data files for customers who do things they're not supposed to be doing.  So after working through lunch and still putting in almost nine hours, I slipped out a little early anticipating the perfect relaxing evening, some wine, some chocolate, a little escapism and some peace and quiet. 

Okay, so I normally don't allow myself chocolate, but this one time, this one evening, I just need some to keep our home happy.  Trust me, when I'm in a chocolate crisis it's better just to let me have some and know that I'll work it off in the morning.  So I'll stop and pick up some chocolate and wine on the way home.  It's before 5, so I shouldn't have the traffic issues as I would at rush hour.  I crawl into the car, look at the gas meter...okay, enough gas to get me home and then to the gas station in the morning, one stop and it's complete relaxation.  Except....

Did I happen to mention that this city was ranked to have the worse drivers in the US?  Perfectly sunny day, dry pavements, nothing weather related to cause accidents, so traffic on the highway should run smoothly, right?  Wrong.  Five minutes on the highway and traffic starts to crawl.  The accident was in the northbound lane, a 3 car pile up (all I glimpsed were the ambulances, found out about the 3 cars on the radio), I'm travelling southbound on a divided highway and traffic is almost at a standstill as it is.  Not even a mile down the road, another accident (noticed this by the bluelights...since I'm sitting at a standstill now, I can afford to glance over).  Did I mention this too was in the northbound lanes, or should I say on the side of the road?  And guess what, another one on the same side of the highway, this one with a firetruck.

Okay, I guess it shouldn't surprise me that people actually stop on the highways so they can get a good glimpse of the accident.  God forbid a trainwreck occur.  This was something new to me when I moved down here.  First week here, my husband and I had come across an accident.  Being a police officer at the time, he was obliged to stop and help.  As he helped one victim, I helped the teenagers in the other car.  While we were waiting for the ambulance and state troopers, low and behold, I watched three cars plow into one and other.  All because they wanted to see the accident. 

It was later that year, when there was an accident close to one of the exits, and police were on the scene, that the car in front of me literally went from 65 miles an hour to a dead stop...then started backing up just so the duffas could see the accident.  There's a reason why I allow so many car lengths in front of me.  Thankfully, there were no cars beside me so I could take evasive action.

So this afternoon, I'm starting to stew a little more as people in front of me inched forward, then stopped, inched forward, then stopped.  I'm impatient in traffic as it is, today even moreso.  I get to the grocery store, because they would be the ones that have Dove chocolate bars, okay, you'd think they'd have Dove chocolate bars.  I asked one of the clerks at the register who suggested I might be happy with a whole bag of  Dove chocolates, after three tried I find out that no, they don't have individual bars of Dove chocolate.  Why didn't she say that in the first place?  Okay, at least they have my wine.  So I get in the line with the slowest cashier in the place.  Just as I was about to fall asleep on my feet, it's my turn at the register.  Price check on aisle 1, god, what else could go on?

Finally I make it home, my nice quiet home.  You know, when instinct tells you to do something, it may be wise to do it.  I had thought about turning off the phone, but since my daughters away, I try never to do that.   Okay, now three phone calls by telemarketers, at dinner time.  What happened to the no call list.  So my daughter is s.o.l if she tries to call right now.  Ah sweet peace...at least my husband put on the ear phones while he's downloading to music. 

Now that I've whined, I'm going to enjoy my wine...and cheese.

Category: General
Tags: Rant, Rant, Rant
 
Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:27 am
 

Wine and Chocolate

Poetz,

That's the nice thing about living in the city...unfortunately, I live in the burbs, or actually outside the burbs and there is no public transportation to speak of unless I drive downtown to catch it.  Now my daughter on the other hand, finds she doesn't really need a vehicle ......

I'm her public transportation.




Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:12 am
 

Wine and Chocolate

I live in the Cleveland area just like Jelly does.  I bike, walk, or take the bus to get where I'm going, though there are occasional times when I do need to get a ride from someone.  Traffic is never a problem when you're not driving.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:06 am
 

Wine and Chocolate

I do miss the downtown restaurants, drug stores, banks, and venues (including the Indians and theatre) all within walking distance.  The hustle and bustle of people out and about was kind of fun.  I would drive if there was a party in a downtown park after work to help you get to know some of the people.  By the way, my wife was also one of those downtown people!  Gee, the more I think about it, downtown wasn't so bad after all

When I lived in PA, I often temped in downtown Pittsburgh.  Was able to take the bus to and from work, and lunch hours were great.  I miss the little deli's on the side streets downtown, and the little muffin shop that was under Mellon center where I was able to get pumpkin muffins in the morning and I even had my stylist downtown.  Instead of shopping at the malls for Christmas, there were all these little stores that I could get something special.  Now, for me to go anywhere, I need a car. 

Since you've been through here, it's not the same as Pittsburgh, the city is a little more spread out, since you have the campus and then further up the capital and those buildings.  But it's still nice, was able to enjoy the restaurants here at lunch when my husband was in the hospital for the week for his back surgery.

Oh and the excitement in Pittsburgh when one of the sports teams was heading for the playoffs.  I miss that too.  I can only imagine what the Burgh is like now that the Pen's clinched a playoff berth.




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 10:40 am
 

Wine and Chocolate

Mom,

There are lots of people that have no good options except to take the freeway.  Working an early or late shift, if allowed and practicle, is the only other option I can think of to at least help with traffic.

I worked downtown for about five years towards the beginning of my career.  I was glad I could take the bus, and without having to transfer.  I got a lot more reading done in those days.  When I did drive, I lived on the same side of town I worked, so taking could still take a non-freeway route without having to drive through the heart of town.  This would have been especially slow in Cleveland having to drive through the center of town with the bridges because of the Cuyahoga River bisecting downtown.

I know what you mean about downtown though.  Traffic on the off roads when I worked downtown was pretty bad, and I usually would take the freeway when I drove.  Working in the suburbs is better for commutes for the most part, except the suburbs pretty much takes public transportation out of the picture. 

I do miss the downtown restaurants, drug stores, banks, and venues (including the Indians and theatre) all within walking distance.  The hustle and bustle of people out and about was kind of fun.  I would drive if there was a party in a downtown park after work to help you get to know some of the people.  By the way, my wife was also one of those downtown people!  Gee, the more I think about it, downtown wasn't so bad after all!




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 9:55 am
 

Wine and Chocolate

JellyDonut,

I wish I had an alternate route, at least one that was feasible.  Since I live in the state capital, any round abouts take me straight through downtown and much more traffic.  So, unfortunately for me, I just have to sit and stew in the jams when there's an accident.  Luckily, the highway I travel on for the most part is the one that has the least accidents at rush hour. 

Last big snow here, it was worse going the local routes because people just abandoned their cars in the middle of the street and walked home (didn't bother pulling over, just left them right there).  I did mention this city has been found to have the worse drivers in the US, right?




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 9:44 am
 

Wine and Chocolate

My one way trip to work for me is about 17 miles by freeway and 15 miles by local roads.  On a good day the freeway route door to door takes about 25 minutes versus 35 minutes by local roads.  On a bad day the freeway route door to door takes ????? minutes / hour + versus 35 minutes by local roads. 

I am glad to have a reasonable non-freeway option.  Whenever the weather is snowy or rainy or at the peak of rush hour I take the local roads.  Sometimes I take a local route because of honeydo's that are on the way.  Sometimes I take a local route just because I feel like it.  There are several local options.  One local route in particular usually gets me home the quickest, but I mix up the local routes.  After twelve years of working and living at the same address, I think the variety helps my psyche.  I can take the winding route along the river for the most scenic, go down a major state route for speed and shopping / banking / fast food potential, or take a route somewhere in between the two.

I know we are all in a hurry to get to work or to get home, but if you have another option, use it once in a while.  At least it helps me to break up the same old same old. 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2008 10:24 pm
 

Wine and Chocolate

Well since this state probably makes up 75% of all NASCAR fans, I'm sure the roads would be empty without them...lol.  You know, I was thinking of you on Monday when I was in my weekly jockeying for pole position. 

Why would you wipe a powdered donut over the edge of your can of beer though?    I kind of had you pegged for the laid back country boy.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2008 10:21 pm
 

Wine and Chocolate

Thank you BLDRD, I appreciate the kind words and am glad that you enjoy my writings, looking forward to getting to know you more.

On the sports board that is. (I've learned I have to clarify what I say on here...lol)




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2008 10:19 pm
 

Wine and Chocolate

JSB, I never understand why people do that and I guess I never will.  I'm too busy trying not to run into the rear of people who slam on their brakes to see if there's any body bags being pulled out of it. 

I'll check the other blog to see how your bug test is coming.




Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2008 6:55 pm
 

Wine and Chocolate

Mom........If it weren't for all those NASCAR fans, you could make it home in record time. As for the wine and chocolate, I'm more of a down home guy. Powdered donuts and beer do the trick for me. Nothing like licking those bubbles and powdered sugar off of........er......sorry, I'll try to behave now.


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