Thursday, June 22, 2017

i hope i can still find that band uniform

I had they day off on Monday so I went out with my sister for a bit, which meant we were tooling around town mid-morning.  Do you know who else was tooling around town mid-morning?  Many, many drivers who did not make quick decisions, utilize turn signals, and/or drove several miles per hour under the speed limit.

At one point I even said to Emily, "Give me the highway at rush hour over this any day.  I would much prefer heavy traffic and aggressive drivers."

Well, I should have been careful what I wished for, because do you know where I found myself yesterday?  The highway at rush hour.

Also, I have to note that in between conversations about sub-par drivers, Emily asked me about a recipe for chicken fajita pasta that I made for her once.  She wants to make it next year at her college apartment, and said, "Well, I mean I could skip the chicken, and the onions.  And the peppers, since I don't like peppers."

"Well, then it wouldn't really be fajita pasta, it would just be pasta with lots of butter and heavy cream."

"I know," she said, "doesn't that sound delicious?"

When you're right, you're right.

Back to yesterday, I had to drive into Philadelphia for a 3:00 meeting.  I left at 12:40 to drive the 17 miles and didn't get there until 2:15.  I would rather drive 500 miles on the highway, than 5 miles in the city.  It stresses me out.  People do crazy things, the roads are nutty, and the GPS gives directions like "use the left lane to turn right" and "use the middle lanes to turn left" because THAT MAKES TOTAL SENSE.

I made some questionable if not downright illegal maneuvers, but eventually I wound up at a parking garage close to the meeting where I was able to park for two hours for the bargain price of thirty dollars.  The parking garage was near several theaters, and the floors were not only numbered, but assigned musical instruments.  If I can't remember I parked on floor 3, there is NO WAY I will remember which member of the woodwind family I parked on, but I do enjoy a theme.

When it was time to leave, I found my car on trumpet and then planned to get to Broad Street because I knew if I stuck with that through 47 stoplights and a questionable area of the city, it's a straight shot home.

Problem was, I couldn't figure out how to get to Broad Street, so I decided to go with plan b, my GPS.  At that point my only goal was to avoid the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which features two very confusing, busy traffic circles.

The GPS said to merge onto state route 3007, which I quickly realized was the technical term for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  I recognized it because I once led a parade down that very parkway in my sweet high school marching band uniform in honor of the Philadelphia Archbishop's retirement.  

Anyway, there I was on the parkway, quickly approaching the circle of death in front of the art museum.  I defaulted to my unfortunate tendency of just following the car in front of me when I'm not sure what I'm doing.  I figured if the center lane was good enough for that silver Hyundai Elantra, it was good enough for me.

Except the driver of the Elantra wasn't going to my house, because as my GPS yelled at me to MERGE RIGHT ONTO KELLY DRIVE, I stuck solidly in that center lane with my Elantra friend and rounded the circle again.

Finally, and I do mean finally, I got out of the cycle of the circle and made it home. 

You know, maybe driving with the 10 a.m. crew isn't so bad after all.

My new goal is to avoid the parkway at all costs.

Unless I'm asked to lead another parade.


Audrey Louise said...

Those traffic circles look so intimidating... I don't blame you for avoiding them.
I live in a VERY small town so big city driving used to make me terrified. Fortunately I've gotten a little better at it, but I 100% prefer back roads :)

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I learned to drive in Tucson, Arizona, and spent some time in Phoenix too, which means I am well accustomed to old, slow, and erratic drivers and really terrible traffic. And freeways.

Now that I live in a place that's many miles from a traffic light, I get irrationally irritated at, like, cars slowing down to turn or something. I can still drive in city traffic, but I really don't like to. I'm used to booking along at 60 miles an hour, with a tractor my only likely obstacle. Literally.

Nadine Lynn said...

Oh my, I would want to avoid those too!!! People around here cant even handle four way stops correctly so I can only imagine how bad that would be!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I will do literally anything to avoid driving in the direction of the Art Museum on the Parkway. Anything.

Sparkles and Lattes said...

ugh that traffic sounds awful. But I am laughing at your sisters comments with the pasta. Pasta and heavy cream. Ha. I love the idea of the fajita pasta!

Rebecca Jo said...

I dont listen to my GPS give stupid directions that I dont think of the episode of the Office where Steve Carrel drives into the lake. If you havent watched it - find it

Lizzie Simantz said...

Ughh isn't it crazy how long it takes to get just a few miles in the city!?!? I hate it. And looooooove the throwback pics! :)

Corie @ Life in the Mitten said...

Ugh, city driving stresses me out too! That Fajita Pasta recipe looks delicious :)

Just Julie said...

I want to try that fajita recipe!

Michelle said...

I just drove 500 miles with an untrustworthy GPS. I feel your pain! Also they just added a new traffic circle a couple miles down the road. It's huge and on a busy street, and it confused people so much the city made a YouTube video tutorial on how to drive in it. I avoid it at all costs.

Erica Stafford - The Second House on the Right said...

Just reading these directions and the map stressed me out. No thank you! And THIRTY DOLLARS?! Gracious. It's not $30 on a weekend in Nashville with events going on all over town. Crazy!

Brianne said...

I hate roundabouts & city driving! Also, you're sister is right, pasta with lots of butter & heavy cream DOES sound delicious lol.

Lux G. said...

It drives me crazy when drivers are more concerned about going ahead first over traffic rules. Careful what you wish for next time. ;)

when you find that uniform, don't forget to share with us.