Several inconsiderate drivers who were accustomed using a service alley near where I work as a shortcut didn’t realize that it was closed and have barely avoided running their cars into construction equipment. There are signs; but they are not visible far enough away at the speeds they were going. Speeding through a narrow alley is a bad idea even if there wasn’t any construction. Of course, they are much too impatient to go around a few blocks on one-way streets.
An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)
- I spent much of Saturday and Sunday updating our spam filter. What should have been a simple minor upgrade took hours and hours to get right. And its not the sort of thing that I could have left for later or my inbox would have been flooded with spam messages. Fortunately, I did get it right after a long night.
- We had some gorgeous weather this weekend. We couldn’t row despite the spring-like temperatures since the there was still snow and ice on the river water. But it was still nice to be able to drive around with the sun roof open.
- I washed my car on Sunday to clean off all of the salt that had accumulated during the recent snowstorms even though I know it was going to rain today. It’s annoying when it rains just after I’ve washed my car. But getting salt residue on everything whenever I’m getting into the vehicle is even more annoying.
- The big game was as boring a championship game as I could remember. I’m glad I recorded it so that I could fast forward though the game itself. The half-time show was ordinary too. In fact, the only interesting thing was some of the commercials.
- When I was walking to back my car today after my workout, I barely avoided a guy driving really fast through the alley splashing slushy water everywhere. Thankfully I was just far enough away or I would have been soaked. It’s only one vehicle wide, not a though street, and used as much by pedestrians as vehicles. But some inconsiderate people like him use it as a shortcut to bypass a few one-way streets.
- Winter is coming. Or more specifically the Polar Vortex will be pushing a cold front our way. We have cold winters generally so we have “big coats” and everything else we need; but, it’s still no fun. I’ll definitely be using the remote start in my car.
Out of curiosity, I looked up the current wind chill formula and discovered it was created and calibrated using human test subjects in freezing cold wind tunnel. I know that some people are accustomed to the cold; but, that’s definitely not the sort of thing I would ever volunteer for.
Today I ended up parking my car next to someone who parked very close to the line. It was the last space availed or I would have parked somewhere else. I wonder why people don’t park at least a little bit neater; especially in a crowded garage. I left them as much space as I could; but, I’m pretty sure they had to get in on the passenger side.
- I looked at some tax stuff on Sunday. Not too much since I didn’t want to get annoyed or aggravated. But a least it was a start. I’m hoping if I do it in small chunks rather than in a few long sessions it won’t be quite so frustrating.
A driver that was going the wrong way down the street got mad that I yelled ” Wrong way! Wrong way! Wrong way!” at him after I jumped out of the way of his car. I try to be careful in downtown crosswalks. But, it’s difficult to stay out of the way when cars turn from any direction, even ones they aren’t supposed to.
Walking into work today I saw TWO cars turn the wrong way onto a one-way street. The driver of first vehicle realized their mistake and immediately turned around in an alley. The driver of the second vehicle just kept going with everyone honking and swerving. They either didn’t care that they were going the wrong way or they didn’t notice. I just watched their arrogance or stupidity in amazement.
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.