Saturday, June 14, 2008

Too much traffic ... grrrrrr.

I had to make a run to the San Francisco Airport today. There were several traffic jams at points where minor construction was constricting the highway to four lanes one way. You would think that as gas prices approach $5 per gallon that people would be less prone to taking joy rides on weekends with their SUVs. Not a chance. May the price of gasoline go through the roof.

OK, here is one of my quirks for Marf. I am impatient to the point that sometimes I don't care how much the world suffers so that I can save a few minutes getting to a bench at the airport where I will just need to wait some more. Eventually I will collect these quirks up to comply with the tag.

8 comments:

Livingsword said...

LOL
Now that I am back in Canada $5 for gas sounds great!

Fortunately most of the time my commute is around 15 minutes but as we head back to work on Monday my wife is dreading the hour long commute (one way minimum). It will probably decrease a bit for the summer but in September it always gets much worse as so many people are moving here. Over the past two years over 5000 (yes five thousand) units of housing have been built along my 15 minute commute….

We are always very pleased by the road system in the US and in general find drivers to be pretty good, at least they give the Canadian tourists a break when they need to make that late lane change because they misread the map…..

Have you ever tried audio books while driving? I find they are very helpful in aiding in patience while stuck in traffic….I actually find driving quite relaxing…

By the way it is nice to be back at your place!

Looney said...

LS, very nice to see you back and I am looking forward to seeing your pictures from the trip.

I have never gotten into audio books. Most of the time there are memories going through my mind as I drive, bike, run or swim which get reassembled and hashed out, so I prefer silence. I should probably get some audio books, but not quite sure where to start.

Where can I find Euclid's "Elements" as an audio book?

Livingsword said...

LOL

Euclid’s “Elements” you slay me! LOL

While in the US I did purchase some audio books (a lot cheaper in the States just like gas lol). One of them was Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”. I read it years ago, loved it but I of course have forgotten the things that really made it special to me, I would never take the time to read the book again but listen to it, read by a woman (adding a nice touch to a story about a woman) I am intrigued at how the story will appear to me. It is 30 CD’s and 38.5 hours long, that’s a lot of driving, walking and hiking but at least I will be able to understand it as it is in English, this is in opposition to Euclid which even if translated I would not be able to follow my engineer friend! LOL

Looney said...

Certainly Tolstoy is appealing. Now I just need to find an excuse to drive for 40 hours!

Marf said...

Hurry up and wait.

I'd understand it if they were just out for a casual drive and you needed to get somewhere.

Looney said...

Marf, do you ever have any traffic jams up in your area?

Marf said...

Well, no. We have no roads to other towns even. About 14,000 people on the island, traffic can be a heavy on the main road through town, but it never turns into a parking lot; it keeps moving.

Livingsword said...

Hi Looney;

You know you don’t need to drive for 40 hours just sit in traffic….

:)