I preface this Andy Rooney like rant about a first world problem that is near and dear to my heart, commuting to and from work. Yes, I freely acknowledge that bona fide problems face people all throughout the world, and this admittedly falls well short of making it even remotely close to cracking the Top 1000 list of issues facing humanity. Having said that this impacts me, and because I’m my biggest advocate, this issue needs to be brought to your attention. Sounds reasonable, right?
Why this is important to me you ask? Great question reader! As someone who likes driving, the simple act of not moving while sitting in a running car is tantamount to being forbidden from driving. This in turn equates to a life a little more dreary, for me. I know the adage that into everyone’s life a little rain must fall, but this week has proven to be a virtual monsoon season in the span of just 4 days traffic has been over the top. As a person living near our nation’s capital (cue patriotic music) I live, let’s say for simplicity’s sake, less than 10 miles from my place of work. In most parts of the country the standard ratio of 1:1 applies, whereby each mile should take 1 minute, give or take to reach. The two exceptions to this are New York (city), and greater Los Angeles. And I think we all understand why. Those two geographic regions aside, most of us in this great land can count on something close to the 1:1 ratio. Using this ratio and the distance from my home to my office my commute should take about 10 minutes, plus or minus 3-5 minutes. This past week however I’ve reached a 1:11-1:12 ratio with commuting times of one hour and fifteen minutes to one hour and thirty minutes with one span taking almost thirty minutes to travel 3 blocks.
Let me distill it down to the essence of what it means to be in traffic here in the nation’s capital, “great lengths of time of devoid of any perceptible motion or forward progress punctuated by flashes of little to no movement”. I think I’ve hit squarely on the head with that one.
Thank you for indulging me in a petty rant about an issue everyone deals with each day. This has been cathartic, and I thank you for that. One more day to go to the weekend, I’m due for a commute of just one hour soon, right?