Morning Sickness  

HardlyYours4Now 52M
951 posts
10/21/2005 1:03 pm

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Morning Sickness

I drive in to work way too freakin’ early for most folks. It doesn’t bother me much ‒ I am one of those people you hear about but never really meet; a morning person. I also avoid the agony of the misnamed morning rush hour. But there are drawbacks.

Headlights. There are people who live along my route to work who have a problem remembering to turn on their headlights. I arrive here at seven, and sunrise is still almost an hour away.

Throw me a frickin’ bone here, people.

I mostly take back roads. No street lights. Lots of shadows from the light pollution that blankets northern Atlanta. High speeds and sharp turns. Lights would be a good idea.

Sleep-driving. I was walking into the building when a car rounded a turn and sped towards me. I was in a clearly marked pedestrian crosswalk in the parking lot, not the interstate. That, in theory, means I have the right of way. Theory doesn’t matter much to someone driving with their eyes closed. Thanks to the lighting in the parking lot, I could see her face from a good three or four seconds before our near miss until she passed, close enough that I thought her mirror would take out my leg. The eyes were never open.

We do live in the Bible belt ‒ maybe she was having her morning quiet time with Jesus. Maybe she thought I needed to meet God face to face this morning. But I think she had literally gone to sleep. The car was still accelerating as it passed, then jerked and braked about five seconds later just as she was about to run into a curb. I decided I’d better get in before the next assault wave landed in the lot.

Morning radio shows. One local station underwent a format change about a year ago ‒ for two or three months they had no DJ’s, just good classic rock and a few ads. Then they ruined it; they hired two dufi (I assume that is plural for dufus) who now trade lame sexual innuendo and mindless blather, with an occasional song to remind us that they are the rock-n-roll station.

On the other hand, praises be to the gods that I put a CD player in the POS-mobile last year. There is something very right about driving a beat-up pickup truck with the window open and Bob Seeger accompanying me on vocals. He ain’t bad in a duet.

rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
10/21/2005 2:08 pm

Hrm...we get the same driving conditions out here in the middle of the day. You'd feel right at home.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

HardlyYours4Now 52M

10/21/2005 4:43 pm

Probably should explain that by 'light pollution' I mean the urban glow from lots of neon, streetlights, etc. The level of air pollution is another issue all together.

Daphne - Are you referring to people praying while they drive, or is NM often dark at midday?

Suspects he missed something. Something very important. Maybe critical.

hbgirl - Oops! The spell checker didn't catch my faux pas on Mr. Seger's name. Tell me, do those vests come in fashionable colors? My company keeps threatening to send me out to Orange County for a week or two, and I need to know how to pack (weaponry aside).

Hmm. Looks like I'm trying to pack in a double entendre or two.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
10/21/2005 6:59 pm

I am the president of the Bob Seger Sucks club.
Not much more than an adequate bar band.

HardlyYours4Now 52M

10/21/2005 8:55 pm

jayR - But the quintessential adequate bar band. You have a strong preference? Stand and deliver, please.

duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
10/22/2005 11:53 am

I love Bob Seger. He is one of my very favorites.


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