12/18/2013

Hey Guy With A Snow Blower Get Out Of The Way

There was a guy snowblowing his driveway on Lexington Road in Waltham. He decided that it was ok to stand in the right lane of the road with his machine as if the morning commute wasn't in full swing. I swerved to not hit him He motioned to me to say "slow down" very aggressively. There was no joy in his motion. I motioned back to him to "get back in your driveway before you get hurt." He motioned something else to me that I saw in my rearview mirror. The holiday spirit fills us all.

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Departure Time From Home: 6:32
Arrival Time at Work: 7:23
Weather as I call it: Clearing after a snow storm yesterday
Shady Gas Price: $3.45
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 4
Feared for my life: No

12/04/2013

Frost in the Fields

Drove through Billerica on Route 4 this morning. All the old farm land where large houses loom now was filled with frost. Icy sparkles on lawns. White crystals on dead brush in the distance. It gave the everyday look of the commute a beauty not often seen. Tomorrow will be not look the same, to be sure. Enjoy today.

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Departure Time From Home: 6:32
Arrival Time at Work: 7:43
Weather as I call it: Brisk, frosty, 30 degrees F. Clearing skies
Shady Gas Price: $3.39
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 3
Feared for my life: No

10/16/2013

Different Rules Out On Route 4

So a minivan pulls out into traffic. The Honda Accord takes offense and proceeds to pass him slowly across double yellow lines. Once the Accord is in front of the minivan, it slows down. The minivan reacts and flicks its high beams at the Accord. I was right behind this scene and I was hoping it would stop quickly, but intrigued to see if anything would happen. The minivan puts on its blinker to turn right, which I cheer because it takes him out of the conflict with the Accord and I will be rid of him too. As it comes to the street, the minivan pauses and lets the three cars who were waiting to exit that street out onto Route 4. I was a bit annoyed by the kind gesture but it was coming from a minivan who pulled a risky move to pull into traffic. I guess it wanted to punish me too.

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Departure Time From Home: 6:21
Arrival Time at Work: 7:17
Weather as I call it: Cloudy, some fog, 50s
Shady Gas Price: $3.39
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 4
Feared for my life: No

8/07/2013

Are You Lost or Unaware

I had to beep my horn twice today. There were a few people who were looking at maps (yeah, the ones that are made of paper and you have to unfold to read them) at red lights that continued to look at maps when the lights turned green. I hate doing that but I hate sitting through a light cycle more. They reacted quick enough to get me through the intersection but man, get a GPS already.

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Departure Time From Home: 6:48
Arrival Time at Work: 7:40
Weather as I call it: Sunny, cool, 50s
Shady Gas Price: $3.65
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 3
Feared for my life: No

8/02/2013

It's Been A Fun Ride

I am thinking of bringing this blog to a close. It's been a while since I have felt compelled to type up a report of my latest trip. My route is fairly incident free and character free. Outside of reporting on the weather and the gas price, I don't really have much that is worth my commentary. I probably jinxed it. Now it's going to be crazy/awful/fascinating and I will be sucked back into it. I don't think that would be the most horrible thing ever to happen, for sure. So, commute well. Be well. The blog's not dead but it's not alive.

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Departure Time From Home: 6:42
Arrival Time at Work: 7:28
Weather as I call it: Rainy
Shady Gas Price: $3.65
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 2
Feared for my life: No

6/28/2013

You're Driving a Porsche Convertable

Earlier this week, there was a woman driving a black Porsche convertable. I had just voted and I was leaving the school parking lot and somehow I got right behind her as she left the lot as well. She drove sooooooooooo slowly. I started to guess that she didn't own the car. She was acting as if any wrong move would be a catastrophe. She made me miss green lights. She added more time to my drive. She finally turned left and I went straight. I hope she made it to her destination ok.

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Departure Time From Home: 6:50
Arrival Time at Work: 7:35
Weather as I call it: Foggy, cloudy, drizzling
Shady Gas Price: $3.45
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 2
Feared for my life: No

6/26/2013

Drive Like a Cullen

I saw a bumper sticker today that had a message for me. "I Drive Like a Cullen". I unfortunately knew that was a reference to the Twilight series, but I had no idea what it meant. I mean, I could make up something like, "So I guess you drive like a lame vampire?" but I didn't want to give it too much thought. Bumper stickers are silly. I think that today is the last day of school for the kids. I think that means school buses won't be getting in the way until September.

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Departure Time From Home: 6:48
Arrival Time at Work: 7:50
Weather as I call it: Hazy sun 70s
Shady Gas Price: $3.49
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 2
Feared for my life: Nah