An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
- We got soaked in a sudden pop up storm on Saturday. One minute it was sunny. The next, it was raining really hard. Then the sun came back out.
- One of the bad things about working downtown is the lack of free parking. I left the key card that I use to open the gate to the garage I park in at home. So, I had to drive back and it. A nuisance; but, a lot less gas than the cost of the daily parking rate.
- Today was a glorious day on the river. We seldom get water as smooth and flat as it was this evening. Days like today don’t come around too often.
- For the first time since the summer solstice, sunset was before 9PM today. There is still plenty of summer left; but, the days are noticeably shorter.
A driver got mad at me when I was crossing the street downtown for backing out of the crosswalk because I didn’t think he was going to stop for a red light. He angrily motioned me across after slamming on the brakes at the last second. I have no idea why people rush up to stop lights and slow down at the last moment when the light is red and has been for a long time. Assuming that they are going to stop is a bad idea.
I’ve worked downtown off and on for many years; but this is the first time I’ve had to pay for parking. Not a big deal except the garage I use doesn’t send bills or email reminders. That’s not been a problem for me but I wonder how many people show up one morning and find that their key cards don’t work anymore. In these days of companies trying to convince people to sign up for automatic monthly debits for everything so that they can get their money faster that seems a strangely old-fashioned way of doing things.
One of the things I don’t like about working downtown is all the crazy drivers. I almost got hit by a car without any lights on when I was walking to my car after work. Fortunately, we saw each other at the last minute. I try to be careful. But dark cars turning into the road from side streets are difficult to see. Automatic headlights should be required on all passenger vehicles. It was certainly after sun down.
I like working downtown; but, I’m not fully reacclimated to all the thinks you don’t think about when you spend years working in a old office park. Today I stumbled of over a fire hydrant when I was walking to my car while I was checking traffic. I know it was nothing more than an embarrassing accident. But that doesn’t make the gouge/knot in my knee go way. Hopefully I won’t be sore and stiff when we run our traditional Thanksgiving Day road race tomorrow.
I very narrowly avoided colliding with a car going right of the center line when turning right out of a drive way the other day. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. Meanwhile, they proceeded on oblivious how close they came to crashing into me. There was no reason for them to come into my lane except for the fact that they obviously weren’t paying any attention to what they were doing.
When I was on my way to my evening workout, I saw someone driving the wrong way down a one-way street because they were too lazy to go around the block. Instead, they made two lanes of oncoming traffic yield. People who think rules are for other people can be really obnoxious.
When I was on my way home from work today, a car backed out in front of me without looking and then did a U-turn to head in the opposite direction. I had to come to a complete stop to avoid an accident even though I, obviously, had the right of way. They should have looked even if they weren’t expecting much traffic. When our vehicles passed each other, I saw that the driver was focused on their phone. I just hope they made it home safely for their sake and other drivers along the way.
When I was driving back to work today after lunch, I saw someone drive left of center because the left turn lane was closed due to construction and they didn’t know what to do. They didn’t get back on the right side for several blocks, narrowly avoiding several cars even though the was plenty of room and people were trying to let them in. Some people really panic in unexpected situations.
I almost got hit by a car when I was walking back after finishing my run yesterday. The driver completely stippled and looked directly at me. So, I started to cross since I had the walk signal. Then they suddenly started making a right turn. I had to quickly jump out of the way to avoid being run over. I’m just glad I’m always ultra-alert whenever I’m crossing the street in the downtown area.